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Out & About Ky. Style: Baseball Tragedy

The baseball slowly rolled back towards the pitching mound where New York Yankees pitcher Carl Mays fielded it and tossed to first baseman Wally Pipp. Both thought it was the first out of the inning in a game between the Cleveland Indians and Yankees. Laying on the ground over...
Posted On 05 Oct 2021

Out & About Ky. Style: David Hawpe

Most people outside of Louisville probably have never heard of David Hawpe. But there was a time, while serving as the managing editor of the influential Louisville Courier-Journal, Hawpe’s opinion mattered. I first met David in 1963, when I transferred from Western Kentucky...
Posted On 17 Aug 2021

Out & About Ky. Style: The swim meet on the Fourth of July

Every year when the 4th of July rolls around I have a memory flashback to an Independence Day event that at the time was a bit of a personal embarrassment for not only me but my two young children. It was 44 years ago, and the local country club I belonged to, traditionally had a...
Posted On 27 Jul 2021

Out and About Kentucky Style: Enjoy the sights, sounds of South Carolina

I have traveled from one end of Kentucky to the other. In fact I have written several books about those visits. “Eating Your Way Across Kentucky,” “Shopping Your Way Across Kentucky,” “101 Must Places to Visit in Kentucky Before you Die,” and “Road Trip Eats.” So I know a little...
Posted On 07 Jun 2021

Out and About Kentucky Style: Ryan Lemond more than a sidekick

If Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones ever had to be in combat there’s one person he would like to have in his foxhole, Ryan Lemond. But, if that never happens, Jones is content to have him as his sidekick on their popular radio show heard over 53 radio stations across...
Posted On 11 May 2021

Out and About Kentucky Style: Legendary Al Smith remembered

My first encounter with legendary journalist and KET host Al Smith was in late 1973, where he was publishing the Logan Leader newspaper in Russellville. At the time I ran a monthly advertising publication out of Bowling Green, but printed it in Indiana. I wanted to get closer to...
Posted On 05 Apr 2021

Out & About Kentucky Style … the Prestonsburg bus crash

The day had begun with so much hope. Spring was just around the corner as the yellow school bus picked up its last student and was headed to the Prestonsburg Elementary and High School three miles away. It was 8:10 a.m., and US 23 had its usual amount of traffic. Gary West is an...
Posted On 22 Feb 2021

Out & About Ky. Style: Sportscenter

Before Rupp Arena . . . before the Yum Center . . . before Memorial Coliseum . . . before Freedom Hall . . . before Diddle Arena there was the Sportscenter in Owensboro. Basketball for decades has been searching for the ultimate place to play and be watched by thousands of fans....
Posted On 01 Feb 2021

Out and About Kentucky Style: Ali boxing gloves

A Christmas gift to a six-year-old boy in Louisville in 1963 several years later began to take on a life of its own, especially when it was connected to the late Muhammad Ali. Billy Pfund was surprised that Christmas with two pairs of boxing gloves from his aunt and uncle.  But...
Posted On 29 Dec 2020

Out and About Kentucky Style: Car Ferries Around the State

I’ve found myself trying to come up with something, anything, to get out of the house. Things are better than they were, but not much. “Let’s go for a ride,” my wife says. “Anywhere.” There has been times the ride meant downtown, around the square, thru the campus of Western...
Posted On 24 Nov 2020