Paul W. Bass

Kentucky Innovators: Famous (and Infamous) Kentuckians Who Led the Way in Their Field

It has been said that only eight percent of people ever achieve their goals. These people are exceptional — they are the pioneers, trailblazers and trendsetters that define each generation. They are true innovators who introduce new enhancements, ideas, and methods to continually raise the bar for the products and activities that define the American way of life.

Kentucky Innovators: Famous (and Infamous) Kentuckians Who Led the Way in Their Field presents seventy-five exceptional Kentuckians who have made significant contributions from across many walks of life. They include ground breakers across many diverse fields including entertainment and the fine arts, education and literature, business and industry, science and technology, politics and the military, athletics, and more. Several of these innovators are famous and a few are less known, but all achieved greatness in some form.

Anyone with ties to the state will be encouraged to learn of the proud heritage and accomplishments made right here…in Kentucky! Read Kentucky Innovators and learn how folks from the Commonwealth have contributed to this nation, and indeed, the entire world!

Paul W. Bass

Paul William Bass was born in Independence, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School, Southwest Baptist College, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Jan Smashey in 1969. He served in full-time church staff positions for nineteen years in Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri. From 1990–2007, he served at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, as director of student activities and held various adjunct teaching positions. He became the intercollegiate debate coach, with OBU debaters winning three national championships. He took early retirement in 2007 and, in that year, received the Isocrates Distinguished Debate Coach Award from the International Public Debate Association. During that time in Arkansas, he served in several interim pastor positions and became a bi-vocational pastor at Anchor Baptist Church for twelve years.

He began his writing career in 2007. He has been awarded the 2019 and 2020 Writer of the Year Award by the Springfield Writer’s Guild. Paul and his wife, Jan, are retired and living in Willard, Missouri.

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