Keith Runyon http://wfpl.org en What The Courier-Journal Book Pages, Now Passing, Meant For Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/what-courier-journal-book-pages-now-passing-meant-louisville <p>On April 26, The Courier-Journal will publish its final book review page, ending a tradition that has been part of the newspaper’s DNA since at least the Roaring Twenties. I know. I was a major part of it.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:44:02 +0000 Keith Runyon 9158 at http://wfpl.org What The Courier-Journal Book Pages, Now Passing, Meant For Louisville Remembering The 1974 Louisville Tornado, 40 Years Later http://wfpl.org/post/remembering-1974-louisville-tornado-40-years-later <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not long ago I took an afternoon drive through many of the neighborhoods that were ravaged by a violent tornado on the afternoon of April 3, 1974, 40 years ago this month. My deliberate itinerary took me through a trail of tidy, in many cases elegant, neighborhoods — from the Cherokee Triangle north and east through Cochran Hill, Crescent Hill, Rolling Fields, Indian Hills and Northfield. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:37:59 +0000 Keith Runyon 9034 at http://wfpl.org Remembering The 1974 Louisville Tornado, 40 Years Later Why You Should Pay Attention to the Ukraine Crisis http://wfpl.org/post/why-you-should-pay-attention-ukraine-crisis <p>When violence broke out in Ukraine several weeks ago, most of us didn’t pay much attention. The <em>big</em> news out of the former Soviet Union was the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi. Russian leader Vladimir Putin appeared in an illustration on the cover of The New Yorker, as a figure skater competing before a bank of judges, each of whom look just like Putin. Despite the astronomical amount of money the Russians spent on transforming Sochi into an Olympic site, for the rest of the world the Winter Games had an eerie quality: the threat of terrorism; Putin’s grotesque comments about gays and lesbians; and the menacing situation about a thousand miles northwest in Kiev.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Keith Runyon 8850 at http://wfpl.org Why You Should Pay Attention to the Ukraine Crisis Kentucky's Courageous Attorneys General, Past and Present http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-courageous-attorneys-general-past-and-present <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than a half century ago, my parents gave me for Christmas a copy of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Profiles in Courage." It was a collection of stories about United States senators through history who somehow stood up to the prevailing sentiments of their day to take stands that, in time, would earn them special places in history. Among those he included were John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton and Robert A. Taft. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:00:28 +0000 Keith Runyon 8782 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Courageous Attorneys General, Past and Present In Defense of Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/defense-kentucky <p>On Tuesday, Gallup-Healthways issued its annual <a href="http://info.healthways.com/wbi2013">State of American Well-Being Report.</a> This is a study that has been conducted since 2008 to rank states according to six sub-indexes, which assess things like work environment, emotional and physical health, access to basic necessities and healthy behaviors. As seems to be the case too often, Kentucky once again has made news by ranking 49<span class="c0 c5">th</span><span class="c0">&nbsp;in the study; only West Virginia ranks lower.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:16:24 +0000 Keith Runyon 8718 at http://wfpl.org In Defense of Kentucky Love and Marriage: 50 Years of Steady Change in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/love-and-marriage-50-years-steady-change-kentucky <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Back in 1969, the Four Seasons had a big hit with their recording of Laura </span>Nyro’s<span style="line-height: 1.5; "> “Wedding Bell Blues.” The lyrics end with these lines:&nbsp;</span></p><p class="c2"><em><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I love you so, I always will </span></em></p><p class="c2"><em><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;And though devotion rules my heart I take no bows</span></em></p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:20:23 +0000 Keith Runyon 8601 at http://wfpl.org Love and Marriage: 50 Years of Steady Change in Kentucky Goodnight, Shirley Temple http://wfpl.org/post/goodnight-shirley-temple <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday morning, I was walking into the kitchen for my second cup of coffee when I heard the familiar voice of Shirley Temple singing “On the Good Ship Lollipop” over the radio. I figured there could probably be only one reason for NPR to be playing that recording at the top of the hour: The most famous child actor, ever, had died.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:05:38 +0000 Keith Runyon 8578 at http://wfpl.org Goodnight, Shirley Temple The Changing Attitudes Toward Smoking in Louisville and Beyond http://wfpl.org/post/changing-attitudes-toward-smoking-louisville-and-beyond <p>The announcement Wednesday by CVS pharmacies that, as of Oct.&nbsp;1, they will <a href="/post/cvs-stop-selling-tobacco-products">no longer sell cigarettes in their 7,600 locations </a>is another step in the long march that began 50 years ago this winter, when the <a href="/post/50-years-after-landmark-warning-8-million-fewer-smoking-deaths">Surgeon General’s Report on tobacco and cancer </a>was first issued. (CVS operates 14 stores in Louisville, and is preparing to open a new one on the first floor of the old Stewart’s Dry Goods building at Fourth and Muhammad Ali.)</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:42:54 +0000 Keith Runyon 8488 at http://wfpl.org The Changing Attitudes Toward Smoking in Louisville and Beyond Whose Name Should Be On the Downtown Louisville Bridge? http://wfpl.org/post/whose-name-should-be-downtown-louisville-bridge <p>Naming public buildings, roads, bridges and the like is probably more complicated and controversial than it ought to be. No matter what, politics and power play a role. And such is certainly the case with the two new bridges now under construction in Louisville. Already, a bill has been filed in the Kentucky General Assembly to name the downtown bridge for former President Ronald Reagan.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:24:05 +0000 Keith Runyon 8475 at http://wfpl.org Whose Name Should Be On the Downtown Louisville Bridge? Remembering Zephra May-Miller as Louisville's African-American History is Celebrated http://wfpl.org/post/remembering-zephra-may-miller-louisvilles-african-american-history-celebrated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend, the Kentucky African-American Heritage Center will be the site of “Celebrating the Legacy of Black Louisville,” a three-day event featuring a special film, musical program and displays of history, art and memorabilia. It promises to be a memorable experience, organized by, among others, local historians Ken Clay and </span>Merv<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Aubespin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, authors of "Two Centuries of Black Louisville." (J. &nbsp;Blaine Hudson, dean of arts and sciences at the University of Louisville, who died a year ago, was the third co-author.) Both Clay and </span>Aubespin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be at the celebration with their historic photos and copies of their book.</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:51:13 +0000 Keith Runyon 8419 at http://wfpl.org Remembering Zephra May-Miller as Louisville's African-American History is Celebrated