Tribute to Classic TV Exec


“Hands-down the funniest book video and the sweetest homage to a local creative talent that you will ever see.”

Look who is paying tribute to the creative genius of TV legend Paul Henning.


It’s very funny when 4 suit-wearing business men get stuck in traffic, become inspired by a book cover, start singing the theme song to one of TV’s most popular sitcoms, and inadvertently inspire other drivers in the traffic jam to join in.

It’s funnier when you know exactly who these non-assuming carpooling guys are—between them, they serve millions of the greater Kansas City area’s readers and TV viewers as the award-winning directors of three nationally acclaimed library systems and the host/executive producer of the area’s most popular prime-time community affairs show.

Yeah, they can sing! The driver is Nick Haines from KCPT. ​Riding shotgun is Crosby Kemper III, Director of the Kansas City Public Library. Next, Steven V. Potter, Director of the Mid-Continent Public Library. Then, Sean Casserley, director of Johnson County Library.

Oh! And the other drivers…expect a close-up with Eileen Weir, the mayor of the City of Independence.

AND, a cameo from Linda Henning, the classic TV sitcom star from Petticoat Junction. Linda's father Paul Henning came from Independence, MO and he created The Beverly Hillbillies and even wrote the song they are all singing—“The Ballad of Jed Clampett.”

Our video introduces the new book about Paul Henning, written by his late wife Ruth who had a dream that someday her husband–the shy genius–would somehow be recognized for his talent. Ruth’s book THE FIRST BEVERLY HILLBILLY is part of an innovative community publishing program pioneered by Mid-Continent Public Library. The lost manuscript was found by the Jackson County Historical Society.


The whole thing is causing quite a stir…just like Ruth always dreamed.