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Boel is on the Way Back

I caught up with former WLKY-TV anchor John Boel today. As I expected, he sounds as if he’s been a model rehab patient.  He’s back in town, celebrating his three-month sober anniversary on Sunday, watching the Packers with his pal Terry Meiners. Boel, in his direct and humble way, said he goes to three AA meetings per week, 2 counseling sessions. He’s found a sponsor in his recovery effort, has lost 32 pounds and is running and cycling every day. He can’t drive, because his license has been suspended. “I’m trying to get well,” he said. “The folks at rehab…


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What Makes a “Classic?”

I’m not ashamed to admit that I really liked The Da Vinci Code. It was a page-turner, and I like history, art, puzzles, and Masons. But recently at a reputable bookstore, I saw a display of “Classics” that included Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, and The Da Vinci Code. My gut tells me that putting Dan Brown with Melville and Fitzgerald is ridiculous. But I also remember the first time I heard Nirvana on an Oldies-type station, I objected. Maybe my gut feeling is just telling me I’m getting old. What are the requirements of something becoming a classic? Wildly…


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A Winner: WAVE Exposes JCPS Bus Rides For Sweeps

It’s week 1 of the February Sweeps in local TV, and last night might be considered the kickoff, as WAVE, WHAS and WLKY all unveiled investigative pieces. And WAVE certainly came out ahead with its revealing series by Eric Flack on the longest bus rides in the JCPS system. Flack followed some buses around and found that, contrary to the P.R. being paraded around by JCPS, there are actually kids riding a bus 100 minutes to get to school, passing up to 3 legitimate schools on the way. He found bus drivers making erratic U-turns. There was the typical annoyed…


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David Redmon Celebrates Life After Innovative Life-Saving Procedure

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. When David Redmon was born in 1962, his physician realized that David was no ordinary little boy.  He had a congenital heart problem that at the time had virtually no treatment that could fix the defect. No one knew how long he would be able to survive.  In 1970, Dr. Alan Lansing performed a pulmonary stenosis on 8 year old David which alleviated some of the heart’s stress.  He’s been followed carefully for the last 18 years. Fast forward, David, who owns Redmon’s Lawn Service manages our yard for us. David’s love for the…


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Cards Go No-Knowles Against DePaul

On his radio show Wednesday, Rick Pitino said senior shooting guard Preston Knowles has a strained hamstring and won’t play against DePaul Saturday. Whether Knowles’ injury will be healed by next Wednesday, when the Cards face a challenging road encounter at Notre Dame, is unknown. And while it’s likely the Cards can rip the Demons without Knowles and his 14.9 scoring average, his availability for the game in South Bend is crucial. The injuries continue to rack up for the Cards, but don’t expect Knowles to sit for long. My sources close to the training staff tell me that he…


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VIDEO: Louisville’s Big Groundhog Party

Thanks to my cohort in partying, Larry Bolton, for helping create this video from last night’s Groundhog Day Party, hosted by my cousin Julie and her husband Kevin Ryan. This year it was at the St. Matthews Community Center, right behind Ten Pin Lanes. My favorite piece of Groundhog stuff: a t-shirt reading: “I Just Came Out of a Hole.” And there’s good news — you can expect an early spring!


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Some Can’t-Miss Louisville KY News

I hope you’re checking back frequently here at LouisvilleKY.com. Yesterday I posted something mid-afternoon about the crazy Metro Animal Services changes (though I didn’t know the icky news that Wayne Zelinsky was operating an “adult” business in his spare time). In the roughly 24 hours since, a dozen posts have gone up here. One of the stops I made yesterday was at Bob Sokoler’s office, which might be nicknamed gadget central. The ex-broadcaster turned successful realtor has three giant computer monitors on his desk, along with enough high-tech stuff to make my head spin. He showed me some video tricks…


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It’s a List… a List of Places to Eat

Months ago my uncle returned to Louisville for a job. Having been away for at least five years I made a suggestion: each weekend we’ll try a new place to eat. So far we’ve ate at over twenty places in Louisville. Some of them franchise, some of them local. Below is the list of places in the ‘Ville we’ve stopped at: Applebee’s B.D.’s Mongolian Grill Bearno’s BJ’s Pizza and Grill Bluegrass Brewing Company Boombozz Pizza Brick House Tavern and Tap Buffalo Wild Wings Café Mimosa Chili’s CiCi’s Pizza Clifton Pizza Company Fat Jimmy’s Flanagan’s Ale House Five Guys Burgers and…


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On Seeing “Top Gun” for the First Time

I saw Top Gun last week. You may not be impressed, so let me tell you next that I had never seen it before. I remember when it was the hot movie. I was 8 years old, and my piano teacher had me play that terrible love song they used to play on MTV over and over again. Really, I mostly remember that the tune had five flats, which didn’t seem fair at the time, and it took me forever to pass (but I can still play it from memory). Maybe I’ve held a grudge against Top Gun — or…


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American’s Heart Association’s Circle of Red Society

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. The American Heart Association (AHA) Louisville Chapter’s Circle of Red Society is a dynamic, committed and passionate group of women who have the influence and resources to significantly impact the fight against heart disease. Members are asked to donate a minimum annual gift of $1,500.  In addition, new this year is also something special for the men. It’s called the Red Tie Society. For the specifics on the Circle of Red Society contact jane.merman@heart.org or 502.371.6023. Lots of people may not know but before I started publishing my health magazines, Kentuckiana HealthFitness and Kentuckiana…