John Boel

2016-03-26 14.05.35

LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: 49 Trifecta, Jeffersontown’s Online Village, Uber’s Up

It’s April 1, you fool, and remember it’s just  about 36 days until the Kentucky Derby, and things are picking up around here, in a good way. Guess Who’s Turning 50 This Year: There must be something I should bet on here. This week’s Rusty Satellite Show features Donna Brothers, the NBC pony back reporter who is COO of Starlight Racing and one of the all-time winningest women jockeys. She’s speaking at Maryhurst’s Journey of Hope Luncheon May 18. And there’s the artist Jeaneen Barnhart, who loves to paint horses and naked people, who’s opening a new show downtown this…


Rusty Gets Athletic with Ben Rhodes and John Boel

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE. In my world, the big news this week wasn’t local. One of my favorite writers of all time, Elmore Leonard, passed away this week.  And on Wednesday, it seems like every other post on my Facebook page was another tribute to Leonard, who was 87. My tribute in the podcast was to talk about Leonard’s famous 10 Tips for writing. The best-known is the advice to leave out the parts people usually skip. But the most useful may have been Leonard’s opinion on writing dialogue — never use anything other than the word “said” in…


Rusty #5: Nick Weis and Perry Clark on MovieMaking and Marijuana

Again, an action-packed week of stuff going on. I convinced Nick Weis to come by the Louisville.am studios in the Highlands to talk about his documentary called “World’s Greatest Extra”. Nick, at 27, has figured out a way to make a living as a freelance film editor while spending the rest of his time working on this pet project. It’s worth contributing, quickly, to his Kickstarter fund-raising effort. To get my interview with Perry Clark, I went out to his New Cut Road home, where the day before he’d hosted a rally of sorts to promote the passage of a…


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Boel Inspires Breakfast Crowd

John Boel had already put in a full day of work when he arrived at the University Club at 7 this morning. The newly-hired WAVE-TV reporter told his Breakfast of Champions audience some inspiring stories from his journey from top news anchor at WLKY-TV to rehab for alcohol addiction and a rebirth on the morning news. While much of his speech focused on his recovery and some frightening statistics about addiction, readers here might be more interested in his thoughts on media and how he came back to the local airwaves. Boel said that in November he felt he was…


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Year Two: Who Came Back and Who Got Married

We’re back for more in our second year here at LouisvilleKY.com. Send me your suggestions (rick@louisvilleky.com) for making the site better, or start a dialogue by leaving a comment. Is This All You Got?: Gov. Beshear released a list of top 10 accomplishments, which was pretty easy to poke fun at, as John David Dyche did in his C-J column today. Example — Beshear took credit for creating 13,718 jobs, but didn’t have anything to do with many of them, and all those announced didn’t necessarily come to fruition. Cozy With King: Looks like Jim King will get an unprecedented…


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An Easy Date to Remember Edition

Whatever you think the significance of 11-11-11, enjoy it. I looked it up, and found that nothing really unusual goes on just because of the numerically odd numbers associated with the date.  However, 3,500 couples have obtained wedding licenses for the date in Vegas. These are people who have a hard time remembering anniversaries. There are plenty of great Veterans Day events going on, including a parade downtown. Yesterday, some local meteorologists were openly cheering the prospect of snow (Jude), even working hard to find adn get video of three flakes that fell up in Indiana. But the weather around…


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Monday’s Morning TV Review of the Weekend

We knew Monday would come, but it’s seems especially unwelcome after the time change and all that Breeders’ Cup fun. The reality is that we’ve got an election tomorrow that no one seems to care about, and if our out-of-town guests paid attention to the local news, well, it wasn’t all that impressive. Except for. . . The CarBoat Guy: WHAS-TV found Dr. Steven Filardo, a cardiologist, making his way across the Ohio in his car/boat contraption.  His vehicle goes shore-t0-shore in four minutes. Ingenious. Constable Confusion: Didn’t you just know when you heard that loony constable David Whitlock was…


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John Boel’s Journey Told in New Book

When John Boel met me at a Starbucks last week to give me a preview copy of his book, he rode up on his bike. I hadn’t realized that part of John’s story was that he was still without a drivers license, one of the toughest parts of his struggle with alcohol addiction that cost him his job as a news anchor at WLKY-TV. Of course, the carnage from the second DUI cost John a whole lot more, but he’s gone about his recovery with the same determination he brought to catching bad guys dealing with their own addictions. But…


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Three Good Local Books Coming Soon

Do good things really come in threes? Wait, that’s tragedies, right? I’m looking forward to the release of three new books by local writers. Here they are: I’m excited to read the 100 columns compiled by Sara Havens, LEO’s own Bar Belle. She’s having a book release party for “The Bar Belle”  Nov. 10 at, where else, the Back Door. I’m hoping she will drunk text me afterward. The invite going around online could have only been written by the Belle herself: “There will be drink specials, appetizers and dick jokes. “The Bar Belle” features 100 of the best columns…


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Mostly Triumphs and a Tragedy at Ironman

UPDATE:  The man who died in the Ironman was identified as 46-year-old Mark Wezka of Lancaster, N.Y. The Jefferson County coroner said a preliminary autopsy showed the death was caused by drowning complicated by underlying cardiac disease. He was in the water only 8 minutes when he needed help. The biggest event in town yesterday was the big Ford Ironman, in which competitors swam 2.4 miles in the Ohio River, rode bikes 112 miles out to Prospect, and ran a full 26.2 mile marathon around downtown. More than 2,500 athletes competed, and most finished.  I was standing along the river…