Literary LEO, more than anything this newspaper does throughout the year, is by and for the community. This year we received hundreds of submissions, and as you can see by the judgesâ€™ comments on the following page, the work was strong, which made picking the best quite a challenge. These next several pages contain the three best short stories (the honorable mention short stories are posted at www.leoweekly.com); several flash fiction pieces (300-word limit); several poems (serious and seriously bad â€” so bad theyâ€™re funny); and numerous photographs (both traditional and non-traditional).
Colonels Redux. Kentucky Colonels’ 1975 ABA champs were honored last year at the Derby Parade, and with induction into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. Now you can relive the victory as many times as you desire. Focal Point Productions has released a double DVD containing interviews plus the entirety of the Game 5 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Among the revelations: Artis Gilmore’s afro was significantly larger than the fabled coif of Darnell Hillman. “The Legend Retold” is available at ear X-tacy and Borders with a suggested price of $24.95.
When it comes to improving Jefferson Countyâ€™s air quality, state Sen. Dan Seum is public enemy No. 1. An inveterate opponent of government measures to regulate toxic emissions of everything from cars to factories, Seumâ€™s most notorious strike was his bill that resulted in the closure of the VET program in October 2003. After all, $11 a year is an obscene price to pay to ensure your vehicle isnâ€™t a rolling smokestack.
LEO was shocked and saddened this week to learn of Mark Bestenâ€™s death. Working as a free-lancer, Besten wrote numerous articles for LEO, including a lengthy cover piece about his 2001 visit to Holcomb, Kan., where he was able to fully indulge his obsession with all things Clutter. (That notorious murder case from 1959 led to the book â€œIn Cold Bloodâ€ by Truman Capote, and more recently, the film â€œCapote.â€)
For months, David Jones, the retired co-founder of Humana, kept receiving packets of information that supported the old Louisville Water Company property (on Muhammad Ali Boulevard, across from the Pendennis Club) as a better and more economical site for a downtown arena than the LG&E site (on Main Street between Second and Third) that was eventually favored by Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s Louisville Arena Task Force.
Sometimes it seems as if they fall from the sky, in every imaginable shape and size and color and genre. Science fiction, crime thrillers, country cookbooks, fantasy epics, romance, how-to and many a memoir of dubious provenance.
What a Week She’s ba-ack (emphasis on the “ack.”)Punxsutawney Dana Seum Stephenson, the constitutionally challenged half-Hoosier deemed too unKentuckian for the Kentucky Senate, climbed out of her hole, saw her shadow and announced her candidacy for the 38th District House seat, ensuring eight more months of political hilarity. Citing the Kentucky House’s lower standards, Stephenson expressed confidence that her candidacy is legal and, failing that, that everyone would finally just sigh heavily and give in. She joined a whopping 217 other candidates who wrapped themselves in the flag, wallowed in the Bible and announced their candidacies for the General Assembly.
LEO learned yesterday about the tragic death of Nate Robinson, a prominent figure in the Louisville music scene, after a Monday evening traffic accident. Few details were available at press time.
Robinson, 24, was a sound engineer who collaborated with a long list of prominent Louisville bands.
The mailboxes for Metro Council members at City Hall look like the boxes teachers use at elementary schools or universities. Theyâ€™re cubbyholes with open fronts. Thereâ€™s no real privacy. Itâ€™s a typical setup, and it infers a certain level of honesty â€” the honor system, if you will â€” that you figure people in leadership positions should handle with no problem.
Deborah Peden: What’s a nice girl like her doing in a race like this?