Floyd Collins

Nearly 90 years ago, a Kentucky caver got trapped underground and the media carnival that sprang up around his entrapment led to a Pulitzer Prize for a diminuitive reporter named William "Skeets" Miller, who filed daily first-person dispatc...hes for the Courier-Journal throughout Collins' entombment. Floyd Collins died in the cave on Feb. 13, 1925, just days before rescuers were able to reach him. His tragic story was turned into a scathing film by Billy Wilder, Ace in the Hole, in 1951 and an Off-Broadway musical in 1996. I've used Brucker and Murray's book about Collins, Trapped: The Story of Floyd Collins, in my classes.


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