image by Bill GreenIt is no exaggeration to say that the Coen Brothers’ film “The Big Lebowski” has become well-loved enough to have seeped into the popular culture. It also seems nearly certain that Lebowski Fest — the fan-launched convention celebrating the film — is rapidly soaking through the otherwise moribund summer entertainment scene.
A reader wondered last week why I’m obsessed with Howard Schnellenberger. Then Louisville battered Miami in the battle between two of his former teams. The Schnell on the victors: “It’s a great, great thing to have a new football program emerge on the national football hierarchy, particularly one that has such a fairy-tale story.” That’s why I love this pigskin poet. So this week I’m on a collision course with all Schnell all the time.
As surely as the leaves turn in fall, Republicans in Louisville’s TV market have begun anew their negative campaign offensives. 3rd District U.S. Rep. Anne Northup launched an ad last week attacking Democratic contender and LEO founder John Yarmuth (who no longer has ties to the newspaper) for what her campaign calls a change in position on the gas tax and the senior prescription drug program. The ad ends with this contention: “Either John Yarmuth doesn’t know his own positions, or he’ll say anything to get elected,” and it compares Yarmuth’s most current TV ad (he has released two so far, both focused on issues and neither of which mentions Northup) to his LEO editorials.
Project Censored was started nearly 30 years ago by a disillusioned former journalist who thought mainstream media simply ignored too many important stories, often in favor of â€œjunk foodâ€ news. I wish I could report a reversal of that trend, but itâ€™s only growing. Thatâ€™s why this annual project is important, and thatâ€™s why LEO buys the package each year. We hope you can find a few moments to check the list (starting on page 14), and maybe even follow the provided links to learn more. Knowledge is power.
â€”Cary Stemle, editor
It’s the guzzling, stupidFord Motor Company hired a new president and chief executive officer to try to help the struggling automaker figure out why oh why oh why it’s losing money at the rate of about $3 billion per year. The company hired Alan Mulally, an expert from another polluting, fuel-guzzling, dangerous, totally screwed industry: air transportation. Mulally is the former leader of Boeing, a company whose products are widely admired for their lack of knee room and breathable air. Stepping aside to make way for Mulally is Ford executive chairman Bill Ford, who will stay at the helm but be given a padded office, with plenty of soft objects with no sharp edges to play with — but maybe a Hot Wheels set if he’s good.
Have you driven an economy lately?: Ford cuts miss Louisville, but weâ€™re not done with the gas-guzzler blues
A deep sigh of relief accompanied last week’s announcement that Ford Motor Co. would spare the Louisville Assembly Plant and Kentucky Truck Plant from the latest flourish of the blade, both from city leaders and the families of the 8,719 people who work at the two Louisville plants.
In the spirit of Barry Jr.: Bingham handpicked rare French oratorio for Saturdayâ€™s free memorial concert
Right off hand, the musical selection for the Barry Bingham Jr. Memorial Concert this Saturday at Comstock Hall might not sound inspiring, as it includes an obscure work, which could bring every chance of putting the audience to sleep.
The novel â€œAll the Kingâ€™s Men,â€ written in 1946 by Kentucky-born author Robert Penn Warren, is a profound and timeless piece of work. Itâ€™s already been the subject of a 1949 Hollywood film that, unfortunately, was better executed than the new version that hits screens Friday. To find out more about the new versionâ€™s flaws, turn to Joseph Groveâ€™s cover essay on page 14. â€”Cary Stemle, editor
Keep your Tasers in your holsters, officers. That is the message Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White needs to deliver to his force following the death of Larry Noles, the unarmed black man who was killed after being shocked by an officer last week.White has promised to re-evaluate his department’s use of stun guns if they are shown to have caused Noles’ death. But that misses the fundamental problem with Tasers: The stun guns should be shelved right now, and their use re-evaluated once the investigation and Noles’ autopsy are complete.
Bulking up in the Bluegrass.Apparently new UK hoops strength coach Scott Holsopple is taking the tough guy approach. The former Penn State boxer allows no cell phones — nay, talking of any type — during workouts.Brooksie begone. Hear me now and believe me later. This is Rich Brooks’ last season in Lexington. I’m told even Mitch Barnhart was upset at the major line-up changes before the Texas State game. Not that the AD doesn’t want the best the Cats have lined up. But he wonders why those players weren’t identified before the Louisville debacle.Shaq attack in red & black. One of the tales coming out of the recent celebration of U of L’s ’86 NCAA title involves Sir Shaquille. As the story told by several members of that squad goes, Shaq wanted to matriculate at U of L despite previous connections with Dale Brown at LSU when he was a kid. But he went to Baton Rouge when Denny Crum wouldn’t promise him a starting spot as a freshman.State of Cardinal hoops, eh. One former Louisville hoopster says this of the Canadian traveling Cardinals: “Rick has the team just like he wants it.” Stay tuned.Iceman to the hot seat. In case you hadn’t heard, former U of L Cardinal great Milt Wagner has left the evil empire in Memphis. He joined former Tiger assistant Tony Barbee as prime recruiter at UTEP.