ECLIPSEVILLE, U.S.A. - The United States Postal Service still knows it as Hopkinsville, Ky., ZIP codes 42240 and 42241. A Little River still runs through it. Sixty-two years ago, on Aug. 21, 1955, some little green men supposedly hovered in its woods for a few hours, floating just above the grass.
But for this past weekend and today, Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks quite happily has proclaimed his community "Eclipseville, USA." He has at least some good reason, since NASA on Saturday labeled the town of 31,000 "the point of greatest [solar] eclipse."
Yes, that eclipse, that astronomical phenomenon that hasn't been witnessed to this degree in 99 years and won't be seen again until 2044.
"[We] have tried to have some fun while planning for the total solar eclipse," Hendricks wrote in an email last week.