Belle of Louisville Wins Photo Award

The National Park Service today named a photo of the Belle of Louisville as winner of the National Historic Landmark photo contest:

From the press release:

The National Park Service named a photo of the Belle of Louisville as first place winner of the Tenth Annual National Historic Landmarks Photo Contest.  The photograph, which shows the Belle cruising at Tall Stacks in Cincinnati, graces the cover of the National Historic Landmarks 2010 Event Planner and is also the featured photo for June.  Photographer Philip Groshong of Cincinnati submitted the photo, which was among almost 200 entries from all over the nation.
The tenth anniversary contest was titled “Imaging Our National Heritage.”  The photo of the Belle was chosen over images of other national landmarks such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Alamo in San Antonio.  Over the ten years of the photo contest, more than 1,000 images have been submitted from almost every state in the union.  The contest is meant to “encourage people to use their cameras to capture the meaning of their National Historic Landmark in a photo.”

Finally, some positive news!

Courier-Journal Hilarity: Funny Demand

Stop the presses (the few that are left working as the newspaper industry – specifically the C-J – dies a hard, cold death in these techie times)!

The Courier-Journal’s John Mura just sent the most hilarious email:

Name: John Mura
Subject: courier-journal front page in your header

Message: Jake, please remove the header photo that has the
Courier-Journal honor box with our front page from your rotation. I
think folks could get confused about whose opinions are being
offered. Thanks, John


You read it correctly. The Courier-Journal is demanding that I stop using an image that features a photograph of the paper. An image (they’ll have to be more specific, as I have over 25,000 header images in circulation on various websites) taken in a public space on public property.

Does this mean they’ll be making the same demands the thousands of other websites that have featured the Courier-Journal’s likeness?

Like I told Mura, “No wonder the Courier-Journal and Gannett are falling apart. You think your readership is too ignorant to, you know, recognize they’re not visiting the Courier-Journal’s atrocious website.”

I couldn’t buy this sort of controversy and free publicity!


Thanks for the validation, Bennie & Keith.


Maybe the Courier-Journal should never again mention my name or websites I own without my permission? I fear readers may get the false impression that the paper’s reporters might have actually spoken with me when they promote me and my websites in their stories.


Actually, no, I won’t be removing the header images unless Gannett and the Courier-Journal sue me – giving me tons of extra publicity.

Why won’t I?

Because my websites feature nearly every news publication, station, outlet and forum in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Greater Louisville Area.

I will, however, photoshop the offending images to make it clear how terrible I think the the once great Courier-Journal happens to be.


Mura just sent me a screenshot of the offending image:


Unfortunately, I won’t have time for a week or so to spend the hours it will take to locate the image. A photograph taken in a public space on a public sidewalk, no less. But when I locate it, I’ll photoshop it to include some hilarious mockery.

T-Shirts and the Chests Who Wear Them

One of the cooler parts of the Idea Festival this week is a project by local photographer Leslie Lyons, who wants you to wear your most provocative t-shirt down to the 21C Hotel on Thursday so she can take your photo.

It’s called Talking Back. As Lyons explained, one of the featured subjects from Louisville will be featured in an exhibition at the Art Directors Club in New York next month. The images, all shot in Polaroids, will be enlarged to life-size, just like one that’s currently on display down at 21C.  The idea is to express an idea using only the power of the message on your chest. She’s done shoots like this one in several cities, with the concept to celebrate self-expression.

But don’t wear that “I’m with Stupid” shirt you think is so cool and expect to get in the exhibit.

Here’s a more eloquent way of saying what it’s all about. You can go down to 21C on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to be photographed in your shirt.

TALKING BACK aims to elucidate the dynamics of personal expression across the landscape of pop culture in America with a fashion monograph celebrating the unique personal essence of T-shirt culture and its power to convey the essential passions of its wearer. Lyon’s subjects are real people and these are their real shirts. Working as journalist as much as artist, she invites all who are inspired to literally wear their thoughts on their sleeves as it were. Some shirts are bought, some home made but all represent an extension of self that each subject wishes you to know or believe about them or to provoke a thought or stance.

Only in America, and Kentucky

One thing we can all agree on — America is a wonderful place to live. So I hope you’re getting out and celebrating.

Meanwhile, here’s some things to think about that make America great…

Chicken on Crutches: In its ongoing efforts to point out KFC’s cruelty to chickens, PETA wants to put up a statue of a “wounded chicken on crutches” downtown and call it art. Surprisingly, the organization asked the city for permission.  Holding back laughter, spokesman Chris Poynter told the C-J he had a hard time believeing it would be approved. [Courier]

For Some Actual Art: Go to the Green Building tonight and see a new photographic exhibit from Sarah Lyon, who says she threw darts at a giant map of the city, then went out and took pictures. The result is a 50-image project you can see starting at 6. [Courier]

Our Family Feud: You can’t beat $20 for 9 holes with a cart for four people on public golf courses. You have to tee off after 4:30. I’ll be out there with Luke and Josh at Vettiner later today.  It’s part of Metro’s efforts to promote city courses.

MJ All Day: We don’t know what’s up, but the 1570 AM radio station in New Albany in playing all Michael Jackson today.  It’s not permanent. The station recently announced it was losing Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham from its talk lineup. Owner David Smith says it’s just a stunt. We’ll let you know when we figure it out.

Gee, Those Baptists Really Hate the Gays: You remember that the Southern Baptist Convention kicked a Texas church to the curb because it wasn’t hostile enough to gays during its convention here last week. Turns out the church has a national touring choir that had planned a mission trip to the University of the Cumberlands. The Baptist group uninvited them, said they weren’t welcome to come to podunk Kentucky and help people in poverty. Now the story is getting national attention.  [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

Maybe the Ohio River Bridges Project will Be Done Before the Harrods Creek Bridge: Yep, they stopped work on the Harrods Creek Bridge after a week when Judge Charles Simpson buckled to River Fields. He issued a stop work order for Monday that will effectively stop everything. The bridge was going to be fixed by December. Now, who knows. [Courier]

All About Timing: A friend told me the Downs was so crowded last night that a big group of her friends gave up when they couldn’t park anywhere close to the track. Drawing 33,000 people to anything on a summer night is quite a feat, even if, as C.D. Kaplan discovered, at least one CD exec complained that many weren’t interested in betting. Still, it’s a no-brainer to install the lights permanently and make at least half the racing dates at night. [Score]

Stereotypes Are Fun

Did you a double-take when you saw this ad in LEO this week?

Were you wondering what a scantily-clad, obviously pregnant bride would be used to promote?

If you answered, “bachelor parties at a gun range,” of course, you were right on target.

The ad is for a Crestwood business that hopes to attract parties to its 1,100 square foot space with a “state-of-the-art Indoor Rifle and Pistol range.” You can play Paintball there, too. And there’s a coupon for free admission for the guest of honor on the website.

The Premier Indoor Sport Shooting and Paintball ad is getting all kinds of viral attention on the Internets, and we know we’re adding to it, because it’s funny.  The jokesters at LEO have plenty of fun making fun of Kentucky stereotypes, like “unplanned pregnancies, shotgun weddings, and well, actual shotguns and the barefoot moms who love them.”

OK, Read This First, then Start the Weekend

We’re on the patio at the Gardiner Lane Heine Bros. because, well, it was impossible to stay indoors any longer. Join us at the Dan Dry photo exhibit at the ArtXP Gallery in Butchertown tonight. Meanwhile, here’s some stuff to end the week on….

Posing for Vogue: Fashion photographers for magazines like Vogue are probably always shooting girls named Rachel, but it was a little bit different for photog Stephen Klein at Churchill Downs today. He did a photo shoot with 3-year-old Rachel Alexandra, winner of the Kentucky Oaks and Preakness. The shots will appear in the August issue. [Blood-horse]

Flagging Kindred: The local hospital company has experienced a minor P.R. explosion this week because one employee asked another to take down an American flag at a Texas office. The offended American called in to Francene’s show today, and everybody gave Kindred some grief. The local office sent confusing press releases, eventually reprimanding the rogue staffer. See a pic of her. [Francene]

Live Track Blog: Ever covered a track meet as a journalist? I have, and it’s not pretty. So I’m feeling for Jody Demling of the C-J, who’s doing a live blog from the NCAA Regional Track Meet at Cardinal Park.  [Demling]

Somebody Call Wayside: Jeffersontown’s largest hotel, currently known as the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, is up for foreclosure auction in August with a lender seeking at least $9 million. Biz First touts it as potentially “one of the largest Louisville-area foreclosures in recent memory.” That must have been written before the $10 million bid by Wayside Christian Mission for Hotel Louisville. [Biz First]

An Idea for Budget Cuts: Do we really need a homeland security office in Kentucky, one which sends out press releases letting us know that Thomas Preston, the state’s director, is attending the Army’s War College? [press release]

An Online Kentucky Experience: Lookie here. First Lady Jane Beshear has launched a website called the Kentucky Experience. It’s geared to visitors to the 2010 Equestrian Games. [Page One]

It’s a Sell-Out: Forget those plans to go to Patterson Stadium for that NCAA baseball game tonight between U of L and Indiana. They’re already sold out. Try again tomorrow.