The ghouls of downtown: Mr. Ghost Walker introduces spectators to specters at his weekly storytelling walks
Four years ago, when Robert Parker began leading his walking ghost tours of downtown Louisville as “Mr. Ghost Walker,” the experience took on an eerie ambiance not only because of his creepy stories and useful hand gestures, but also because Fourth Street — the corridor where the walk begins and ends — was a ghost town itself.
One and done. Bobby Gonzalez finally reached the next step. After the up-and-comer inexplicably lost out on several high-profile jobs in the last few years, the former Manhattan mentor has landed in Joisey at Seton Hall. Which means that his former aide (and current Cardinal assistant) Steve Masiello might have a short one-year stay in town. He could return as head man for the Jaspers.
You’ve got blackmailUpset with the General Assembly for failing to legalize casino gambling, Churchill Downs CEO Tom Meeker threatened to move the company to a larger city. During a wide-ranging hissy fit, Meeker stressed that the track itself would always remain in Louisville, but that the corporate HQ and its employees might relocate. In a scene reminiscent of the Reagan era, company officials later pointed at their ears with a circular motion, downplayed the CEO’s comments and said there are no plans to move.
I like goodbyes that give me closure. Goodbyes that let me look around one last time, express my appreciation and walk away with a smile. “Clear Impact: Kentucky’s Current Place in Studio Glass” is the Tobin-Hewett Gallery’s way of giving us such closure before the owners shut their doors on May 31.
BY KENTUCKIANS FOR THE COMMONWEALTHMembers of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth mourn the passing of one of Kentucky’s most prominent citizens, Barry Bingham Jr. When KFTC was organized 25 years ago, Kentucky’s coal industry was even more politically and economically dominant than it is today. Across the coalfields, landowners were mistreated, the local environment was often devastated, and residents fought against the systematic non-enforcement of the law.
And theyâ€™re off: There are four Democratic ponies in the race to see who takes on Northup. Three look good.
Somewhere in the distance during last Thursdayâ€™s Democratic Primary debate for the Third District Congressional seat could be heard a bugle sounding the iconic notes of the â€œCall to the Post.â€
The General Assembly overwhelmingly has approved an extraordinary budget â€” with unprecedented debt. The two-year, $18 billion spending plan has been called the most education-friendly and fiscally frightful in recent memory. It contains $2.38 billion in debt, breaking the record $1.9 billion added last year.
Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson have commissioned Shayne Hull to paint 100 portraits for their restaurant Proof on Main, part of the newly opened 21C Museum Hotel at 700 W. Main St. He’s got a few finished, including Mayor Jer, Ed Hamilton and LEO’s own John Yarmuth.
BY BOB SCHULMAN The name Bingham was linked for 90-plus years with progressive advances in Louisville and Kentucky government, politics, health, culture and the arts.The death of Barry Bingham Jr. brought a wrenching end to that legacy, achieved through print and broadcast journalism and the community good works that the journalism financed.
BY MILTON METZI once asked Barry Bingham Jr. whether he remembered any shouting in his house during his growing-up years. (My house was no stranger to shouting, and I was curious.) He looked at me quizzically and said, “No-o-o, we didn’t do any of that.”