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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The First Kentucky-Louisville Basketball Game

If you're a college basketball fan here in Kentucky, this is going to be the longest week ever. In fact, if you aren't a college basketball fan (or, heaven forbid, cheer for another team...), it's probably going to be a pretty darned long week as well. As we count down the minutes until Friday night at 9:45, when the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Louisville Cardinals, I thought it would be fun to take a trip back in time -- 101 years back in time to be exact -- to the first meeting of the teams we now know as UK and U of L.

The first meeting of the Kentucky State University basketball team -- deemed the Wildcats in 1909 -- and the University of Louisville Cardinals took place on February 15, 1913. Revolution was in the air on the international political stage, as the Mexican Revolution had just begun and the House of Romanov, celebrating 300 years of rule in Russia, would soon be overthrown. In the United States, the Republican attorney from Cincinnati, William Howard Taft, was wrapping up his four-year term as President, soon to be succeeded by Virginia-born Democrat Woodrow Wilson, the Governor of New Jersey and former President of Princeton University. American women were rallying to make their voices heard in politics and the famed Woman Suffrage Parade would be held a few weeks later in Washington, D.C.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A @HeraldLeader Issue Worth Reading

321 Henry Street - Home of BC Wood Properties and subject of a Tom Eblen column in
today's Lexington Herald-Leader. Photo: Peter Brackney
An appointment this morning left me in a waiting room with a copy of the Lexington Herald-Leader at my disposal. It's been awhile since I skimmed the pages of the local daily, and I was surprised with what I found.

Rarely do I remember the pages being filled with so many columns of interesting local fare. Especially for a Monday which is traditionally a bore for newspaper readers.

Local history, preservation, and natural conservation all held prominent places in the black-and-white print. I'm almost persuaded to renew my subscription, though my schedule doesn't regularly permit me to peruse the hard copy.

Still, explore what was in today's Herald-Leader after the jump.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Robertson County Courthouse - Mount Olivet, Ky.

Robertson County Courthouse - Mt. Olivet, Ky. 
One of the things I've always tried to stress with my entries on this blog is how special it is when you can find living history in Kentucky. So many buildings have been demolished; so many stories have been forgotten.

That is why a place like the Robertson County Courthouse is so important.

The building you see above is the only courthouse that has ever stood in Robertson County, and it is a beautiful structure. I have never had the chance to practice in Robertson County, and I keep waiting for a case to happen there that I can swoop in and take, just so I can make appearances in this courthouse.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Introducing Gerry James and Explore Kentucky

Hello everyone, my name is Gerry James. I am a recent graduate (December 2013!!) of Mass Communication at Campbellsville University and currently work as a social media/PR strategist. Over the past few years, I've become a published journalist and photographer with hopes to pursue a MFA in photography at either at University of Louisville or University of Kentucky this coming fall.

I am elated to be part of The Kaintuckeean. Why ?

Because I'm a huge fan of Peter Brackney's conservation and community work. Because I totally enjoy being part of anything that promotes Kentucky. And because I am absolutely head-over-heels, hold-the-boombox-overhead in love with Kentucky.

So in love that I started a project called Explore Kentucky. I must come clean: I was born in Wisconsin and have lived in Kentucky for less than 4 years. After Air Force reserve training, I came here to be with my sweetheart at the time who had just started college in Kentucky, but found a deeper passion: an affection for the Fifteenth State.


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