Clear Channel Communications, the media behemoth we love so for the “access” it provides us, has agreed to an $18.7 billion buyout (plus $8 billion in debt) from a private equity group co-led by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital Partners. The need for a bailout stems from the scramble-buys in TV and radio the company made when the FCC opened the floodgates of regulation a few years back. It’s the third-largest buyout in U.S. history.
Rumor: The name game. Let’s do Shirley. Name the two teams that competed in this recent “instant classic” that was all offense all the time. Forty-one total first downs. Nine hundred yards between the squads, 317 on the ground, 583 in the air. Eighty-one points. Don’t either one of those powers know how to play D? Need another clue as to whom I’m speaking? Both teams are in the Top 10, but only one other school in their league has cracked the Top 25. No-brainer? Right! It’s Michigan and The Ohio State University. Numeros uno and deux. So, uh, riddle me this: How come the national pundits aren’t talking the same trash about the Buckeyes and Wolverines as they did after U of L-West Virginia lit up the scoreboard? Name game: Let’s do Chuck.
<MUSIC>Wednesday, Nov. 22Gordon Graham tribute Some of the city’s finest musicians will gather at the Rudyard Kipling tonight to honor Louisville singer-songwriter Gordon Graham, who passed away recently. A custom Washburn electric guitar will be raffled at the show, and proceeds will be donated to the St. John Center, which serves 175 homeless men every day all year round. Gordon himself was the recipient of the St. John Center’s services during the holidays a few years ago, which makes this a very timely, personal and meaningful donation for Gordon’s friends and family.
Since its halcyon days as a patch of mud where Ohio River travelers stopped to sleep and scavenge, Louisville has been a city because of transportation: Back when George Rogers Clark romped, boats transporting goods down the river had to offload here before negotiating the Falls of the Ohio.
Female Trouble: Photos courtesy of New Line Productions Susan Walsh (left) and Cookie Mueller (right) play Divineâ€™s (center) crime buddies in â€œFemale Trouble.â€Baltimore native John Waters is a dapper figure, always immaculately groomed with trademark pencil-thin mustache and stylish dark suits and ties. Despite his fascination with all things filthy, the look seems to say, deep down he’s a real gentleman. Or perhaps his debonair demeanor is a mere façade to hide his idiosyncratic id.
The finish line: The public has no say when proposed zoning changes reach the Metro Council. Should it?
Stephen T. Porter is a real estate lawyer who also happens to live in the Tucker Station neighborhood, in the southeastern portion of Louisville Metro, where a group of 12 houses will be replaced in due time with a 282-acre industrial park, though the development was challenged by a lawsuit Porter filed on behalf of the neighborhood association, which is basically how this story begins.
Judging by all of the Christmas decorations I saw on homes and businesses right after Halloween, LEO may be too late with its annual Holiday Guide. But in case you’re not all wrapped up, we recommend keeping this Holiday Guide handy. Our intrepid writers have compiled a wonderful list of unusual gifts (with a local bent), plus a hearty directory of holiday-themed concerts and plays that will entertain and provide a perfect antidote to holiday stress. Such a deal. Happy holidays to you and yours. —Cary Stemle
This week brings long Q&A interviews with two Johns. The first is with John Yarmuth, who pulled off the improbable last Tuesday when he beat five-term incumbent Anne Northup in the 3rd District Congressional race. The other John, of course, is filmmaker John Waters who, frankly, wouldâ€™ve been on the cover if not for Yarmuthâ€™s big win. Waters comes to the Kentucky Center Saturday night, to talk about life, love and who knows what else.
Cats strike it Rich. As much as many pundits have battered Rich Brooks — include me in that cavalry charge — it’s time to give him his props. The Cats have steadily progressed under his calm tutelage. Look at what Georgia did at Auburn a week after being humbled by the Bluegrass Boys. Then tell me this isn’t a vastly improved UK squad.
Rumor & Innuendo (Rumblings From the World of Sports): â€œU of Lâ€™s a football school.â€ Maybe, just maybe.
Coaching irony. In the wake of U of L’s convincing win over West Virginia, it seems appropriate to repeat a story told here before. This advised by a fella who was part of Louisville’s football apparatus at the time. Back when it became apparent that Tom Jurich was going to deep-six the ineffectual Ron Cooper, my guy got a call from an assistant asking for help in getting an interview for the job. Then offensive coordinator under Tommy Bowden at Tulane, the caller at the other end of the line was Rich Rodriguez. How the world does turn! Speaking of the Mountaineer coach ...