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Thunder was Like Watching Planes Fly

A friend of mine said no one would get the pun — that the WLKY-TV broadcast of Thunder over Louisville was so devoid of anything actually happening it was like watching paint dry, or planes fly. With a huge percentage of the planned air show canceled, the broadcast was left with a lot, A HUGE AMOUNT, it seemed, of time to fill. So during the mid-afternoon, when I was watching, I was almost cringing for Vicki Dortch, who spent the afternoon anchoring the show with Rick Van Hoose on the Belvedere, stretching their segments and complaining about the cold. There…

Queen for the Night: An Evening With Cleopatra

Cleopatra has moved  into the neighborhood…but you don’t have to take her a bundt cake or send the welcome wagon, you just need to take a drive up 1-71 to  the Museum Center of Cincinnati to see a portion of her fabulous palace as Queen, Pharaoh, and last ruler of Egypt  Cleopatra:The Search For The Last Queen Of Egypt I had the privilege to attend a  private showing of the exhibit hosted by the Hilti Corporation ( a global construction manufacturer that I happen to work for) with the owner Michael Hilti himself present. And since he is the 224th richest man in the world, it was a very…

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Bike, Walk or TARC to Louisville’s Car-Free Happy Hour

Rain or shine, one night each month Louisville’s active transportation advocates get together for food and beverages wherever they can find enough bicycle parking. You should come, even if you need to drive. You’ll meet people from all walks of life. No pun intended. The thing we have in common is some measure of independence from automobiles. Come see. Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Can you believe I posted this bit of shameless promotion from my phone! This is crazy for a guy who started out as a printer setting lead type by hand. By the way, folks, here’s…

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With Free Valet Bike Parking You Steal the Thunder with ease

Thunder Over Louisville is this Saturday, and Bike Louisville in partnership with Bicycling for Louisville is again offering free valet bicycle parking to get you in and out of Thunder Over Louisville the smart way. Bike valet parking is the Free Way that keeps you from getting stuck on the freeway. Nothing could be more convenient. You can roll up right behind Slugger Field. Last year almost 800 people took advantage of it! If you’re going, this year you should be one of them. It’ll save you from the gridlock and frustrations of getting in and out of the crowd….

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Louisville Mayor announces expanded recycling options

You may share Virginia Forest’s experience with recycling. She found that most of the stuff she once threw in her garbage could be recycled – if only it would fit in that tiny orange recycling bin. Meanwhile, like many of us, Ms. Forest found that her big, black tub for garbage was going practically unused. Well, Virginia is the first resident in the 8th and 9th districts with a new solution to that problem, thanks to an expanded pilot program in The Green Triangle.

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Hard Part Starting For Fischer

I think the P.R. campaign waged by NPR is working. Today I answered phones for a couple of hours down at Louisville Public Media, and plenty of callers expressed anger that the funding for programming might be in danger.  LPM’s “Campaign for Independence” is about halfway to its $650K goal. And it got good news from D.C. today. Honeymoon Now Over: Greg Fischer’s celebrating 100 days in office, and pretty soon he’s going to have to start dealing with a tight budget and maybe actually have to cut some things, and he hasn’t ruled out jobs. I say get to…

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Finally Some Love for Jockeys

There’s no group that’s more overlooked during the Derby party season than the short, strong men who ride the horses around the track. That’s why I was glad to see the Galt House is organizing the inaugural Night of Silk Derby Party on Derby Night to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.  They had a press conference this week, at which Pat Day spoke, and announced that the new event has some impressive sponsors, a great dance band and an auction that I bet will have better horse-related items than any other.  The $375 ticket price, considering that…

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Yes, It’s Still March Madness, only 2012…Get Ready Louisville!

I know, I know, I should be talking about horses and Derby hats,  bourbon, betting and Barnstable’s.  Basketball is over, no more Blueston, no more Cardinals till the leaves start to turn colors…It really takes me a while to “put the ball away”. What has helped me in my catatonic, saddened state the past 2 weeks?( I am a Cardinal fan after all) No, not the bourbon mentioned….do you know me that well already? Come on, it’s like every Cardinal and Wildcat and Hoosier and Knight’s fan, it’s the thought of next year, the new season, the new players, all of our hope and…


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