Remember growing up and reading the Incredible Inman column every week in the Courier-Journal? Mr. Incredible himself is one of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville, and on this week’s show he talks about his new book, “The Good, The Bad and The Snarky” — one of the better book titles I’ve ever heard. David talks about how he still gets questions for his TV column, even long after he left the paper after 32 years. David Domine is our expert on Old Louisville, and has a special passion for what many may consider the most grisly, creepy criminal trial of the year — the Joseph Banis case. David’s writing a book on the whole sordid mess, and has been a guest on a popular TV show talking about it. But Domine’s real claim to fame is his special knowledge of Old Louisville history and cuisine. Meanwhile, I watched a documentary on HBO this week called Trophy Kids, which dealt with the same sort of sick parent that prompted the New York Times to write a story headlined “Real Basketball Moms of Kentucky.” There’s nothing about this topic that I like, which you’ll learn from listening to Rusty Satellite Show #25.
Listen in this week as Rusty Satellite is on the road meeting two more of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville — first stop is Ed Hart’s office in the Highlands, where we learn all about the new and improved Kentucky Kingdom that opens for business in the spring. Hart talks about the enormous economic impact the opening of the Park will have on the city, and goes over some of the hurdles it took to get here. There are a bunch of new rides, and the amusement park will be hosting a job fair in January. Later I met WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold at 38th and Market, where he was doing a story on a new economic development initiative there. Joe’s the only beat reporter on politics working for a TV station in this market. I also got him to sing a line or two, so you’ll want to hear that. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving and Holiday Shopping, I offer up for your consideration my annual gift card rant, in which I encourage you to just go to the store and get me something I can open on Christmas Day.
I still don’t understand how Obamacare is going to work, but I did talk with Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, who knows more than you or I do. Emily Gimmel is a tech-savvy entrepreneur who gave up a career in TV news and entertainment to run her own business (Graceship.com) right here in her hometown. And even though she may be best known for her role in the Louisville-based reality TV series “Southern Belles”, Emily has transitioned into an entrepreneur with a great chance to succeed. She has forgiven me, I think, for poking some fun at the Southern Belles series back in the day.
I also address the issues on everyone’s mind around here: Kevin Ware, GLI, Kentucky Kingdom and why you can’t buy a bottle of wine at the grocery store.
Listen to Rusty as the guests are David Jones Jr. and Smith Haynie. Jones, the former Humana chairman who runs Chrysalis Ventures, the city’s top venture capital firm, ran for the Jefferson County School Board last year and for the first time talks candidly about what he’s learned in 10 months. If you don’t know the name Hugh Haynie, you probably didn’t grow up around here. The C-J’s world-renowned editorial cartoonist raised that profession to an art form and left a legacy of amazing images. His son Smith, now a Circuit Court Judge, wants to showcase his Dad’s work for everyone to see, and he talks with Rusty about the exhibit going on now through Jan. 26 at the Frazier Museum. Also on the show, Rick talks about the crazy idea of a local women’s basketball coach providing fans with free beer.
This week’s Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville are Steve Coomes and John Nation. Steve is an acclaimed food writer who knows everyone in the local restaurant industry, and they certainly know him. I ask Steve about the best restaurants in town, how much fun it is eating and drinking free stuff all the time and about the book he’s working on. You may not know John Nation, but you’ve seen his photographs. John’s latest project is a book, “One Hundred Fascinating Louisville Women” that includes John’s portraits. They’re great. John was the staff photographer at Louisville magazine for 35 years. In addition, I give my two cents on a local journalism panel and talk about Rand Paul’s problems with plagiarism.
Rick talks with St. James Art show director Margue Esrock about what to expect this weekend. He also visits with hemp proponent Mose Putney about that controversial crop and it’s place in Kentucky agriculture. Those interviews plus Rick’s take on the news of the week.
Rick takes the time to sit down with Metro Councilman Jerry Miller to talk about his political future. At the outset of the Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival, he also sits with John Cosby to talk about what’s going on during the event.
Rick talks with Nick Weiss about his Kickstarter that will further the idea of Louisville as a film making destination and also with State Senator Perry Clark about legalizing pot and his continuing crusade to do so.