Just after Lyndon Johnson’s landslide victory over Barry Goldwater — arguably the low point of conservative politics in late-20th century America — conservatives regrouped and set out on a decades-long campaign for political power.
Let’s start with hoops recruiting. Because, well, because that’s the staff of life around here during post-Derby depression. (Most other times, too.)The Rick gets lanced.The buzz was that The Rick gave a speech in Orlando, in which he bragged (by insinuation, of course) that he would steal a big time recruit from the evil Blue Devil Empire. Card fans assumed he was referring to Lance Thomas, a Jersey bud of future Cards, Derek Caracter and Earl Clark. Thomas committed to Duke, as the gurus thought all along.
<LECTURE>Thursday, May 11Professor Dan Smith Before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his dream to the nation, the Greensboro Four dared to dream big. Living in the “separate but equal” South, Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Joseph McNeil and Franklin McCain launched a series of sit-ins that captivated the national imagination and forced the integration of Woolworth’s lunch counters. Nearly 50 years later, their actions received due acclaim in the documentary “February One,” written and co-produced by University of Kentucky history professor Dan Smith. Filson Historical Society sponsors call this lecture “The Anatomy of Courage,” and in vivid detail, re-enactments, interviews and footage from the film validate the lofty title. The evening begins with a reception, followed by a showing of the documentary and a lecture by Smith. —Matt MattinglyFilson Historical Society 1310 S. Third St.635-5083www.filsonhistorical.org$10 public, free members; 5:30 p.m.
Bucks for ballsIn a move symbolic of Kentucky public-education politics, Gov. Fletcher ripped (vetoed) Higher Education a new one, making more money available for basketball. Louisville got $75 million for the new basketball arena, but the governor denied $73 million that would have gone to support academics at U of L (and $312 million statewide). Further symbolic of Kentucky politics, the Cats took a much smaller hit than the Cards, winning the veto Dream Game $23 million to $73 million. Afterwards, everybody held hands, swayed and sang “My Old Kentucky Home (’Tis Stupid but the People Have Hoops).” Everybody, that is, but U of L president James Ramsey, who reprised his previous pro-arena hissy-fit with one threatening to walk away from the whole project.
The ACLU of Kentucky is neutral on the issue of Derby cruising, but the civil rights organization is running a public education campaign to teach the community about racial profiling as it relates to cruising, particularly given that Louisville Metro Police plan to enforce ordinances this weekend that are not normally enforced.
Dechubbin’ the childrenUnder an agreement brokered by former president and nugget-fan Bill Clinton, soft-drink giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo agreed to stop selling sugary sodas to all public schools nationwide by 2010. The agreement strengthens Kentucky’s rules and limits sales to water, milk, juices, diet soda, teas and sports drinks. Some students acknowledged the childhood obesity problem and expressed a willingness to get the sugar monkey off their backs by washing down their super-sized tater tots, pizza and sloppy joes with Gatorade, if that’s what it’ll take to make parents shut the hell up so they can get back to Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and a couple after-school Twinkies and some Bagel Bites and maybe a frozen Snickers.
Down at the end of Lonely Street, which is what Broadway became during Kentucky Derby weekend, a lot of merchants were checking into Heartbreak Hotel.
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The madness of Derby cruising: There are two sides to the story â€” and the truthâ€™s somewhere in the middle
BY PHILLIP BAILEYBecause I am young, black and outspoken, people often ask me about Derby cruising. That doesn’t surprise me, given cruising’s relationship to hip-hop culture, which, of course, means black.
As The Boss sayeth (that would be Bruce from N.J., not Stemle from the sunnyside): “It’s hard to be a saint in the city.”It is that time of year again, you know. When LEO’s resident “turf experts” regale you with speed ratings and Dosage indexes and three-furlong clockings. Then Mr. Doolittle and maybe Mr. Reed — acclaimed and award-winning writers both, viz a viz the Sport of Kings — whittle the upcoming 20 horse Derby field down to, oh, say five or six possible winners.