Keith Runyon

Commentary
6:48 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Hugh Haynie Gave Louisville Great Editorial Cartooning, Contributed to Public Debate

Credit Provided by the Frazier History Museum

Editorial cartooning may be one of American journalism’s best contributions not only to public debate, but also to graphic arts. From the time of Benjamin Franklin, the pen has often been mightier than the sword. Thomas Nast carried on the tradition in the 19th Century, but the art came into its full flower in the 20th Century, with such famous cartoonists as Herblock, Bill Mauldin, Jeff MacNelly and Pat Oliphant.

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11:02 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Saving Louisville's Records and History

Dr. Samuel W. Thomas researching in 1992 at the University of Louisville Photographic Archives. Dr. Thomas' papers now are all housed at the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.
Credit Bill Carner

Four years ago, on a beautiful autumn afternoon, Judy Miller from the Filson Historical Society arrived at my office at The Courier-Journal with a surprise: A copy of Dr. Samuel W. Thomas’ long-awaited Architectural History of Louisville, 1778-1900. The Filson society, then celebrating its 125th anniversary, had selected Thomas’ book as its commemorative publication for the occasion.

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9:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Louisville Chooses Asthmapolis (That is, Technology and Data) to Fight Pulmonary Disease

Donald Tyler, Asthmapolis participant
Credit Keith Runyon/WFPL News

Now that the crisp days of October have arrived, it’s easy to brush aside memories of what it’s like in Louisville during the long, hot summer days. That’s when the stagnant, humid air hangs like a shroud, and even people with healthy lungs find themselves gasping. For more than 100,000 people who suffer from asthma—many of them children—the challenge is far greater.

Consequently, a pilot program, which has been in operation for nearly a year, promises to help public health officials—and patients—manage their cases better. It may even lead to cleaner air for the entire region.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Lifelong Listening to Louisville Public Media

Keith Runyon
Credit Submitted photo

For most of my life, I’ve been at the other end of the radio experience—tuning in wherever I go and keeping abreast with news, features, sports and music through broadcasting. But for most of my professional life, I was a print guy, a writer and editor for newspapers since I was 16, and at The Courier-Journal since I was 18. Until early this year, I never regularly sat at behind the microphone. Now, thanks to the folks at Louisville Public Media, I am enjoying the power of the airwaves, and it is gratifying indeed.

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Commentary
6:51 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Louisville's Suzy Post: At the Gates of Freedom

Suzy Post
Credit John Nation

Not long ago, we marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, that seminal moment when the eyes of the nation focused on 250,000 demonstrators in Washington, D.C., and where Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech. It was the moment when civil rights in America moved to center stage, not to budge again until major changes occurred in the law, and in time, in the way we live in America.

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10:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Preserving the Legacy of Ernie Pyle, Famed Journalist and Indiana Native

Ernie Pyle
Credit IU

There have been many notable names associated with Indiana University, just up the road from Louisville at Bloomington, including Hoagy Carmichael, the songwriter whose big hit was “Star Dust,” actor Kevin Kline, NPR’s puzzle master Will Shortz, violinist Joshua Bell and Wendell Willkie, the Wall Street tycoon who ran for president against FDR in 1940.

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11:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Remembrance of Bygone French Dining in Downtown Louisville

Credit Photo provided by Keith Runyon

The other day I got an email from Jim Bruggers, my former colleague at The Courier-Journal asking me about an artifact he had discovered on a visit to the newspaper’s Food Department. The Courier-Journal has always prided itself on spectacular recipes, beautifully illustrated in color, and has boasted some of the top food editors in the country, including Sissy Gregg, Camille Glenn, Sarah Fritschner, Ronni Lundy and Lillian Marshall. The most recent of these, Ron Mikulak, is retiring tomorrow from the newspaper.

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7:03 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Painful Parallels Between Mass Shootings at Navy Yard and Standard Gravure in Louisville

Keith Runyon
Credit Submitted photo

The tragic shootings in Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday were for some of us a searing reminder of another mass murder, nearly a quarter century ago this month, at Louisville’s Standard Gravure printing company. On the morning of Sept. 14, 1989, an alienated Standard printer, Joseph Wesbecker, 47, entered the plant at 8:30, carrying a veritable arsenal of weapons—a semi-automatic AK-47 derivative made in China, a 9-mm pistol, and a duffel bag containing three more guns, a bayonet and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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7:11 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Recalling Stewart's Department Store Amidst a Fourth Street Revival

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One afternoon last week I was pleased to see that a chain link fence has been erected around the old Stewart’s department store building at the corner of Fourth Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Once the busiest corner in the city when downtown was the center of shopping and movie-going for the region, the building has stood empty for seven years, ever since Hilliard Lyons moved its headquarters to the PNC Tower. The fence is a sign that some construction is about to begin on the site, and that’s great news.

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Commentary
1:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Kentucky's Long History of International Diplomacy

Matthew Barzun
Credit U.S. State Department

Today in Washington, Louisville businessman Matthew Barzun will be sworn in as the United States ambassador to the Court of St. James’—in other words, the United Kingdom. As such, he joins a long line of Kentuckians who have gone off to represent their government in foreign capitals.

Actually, this is Mr. Barzun’s second ambassadorship. In the first Obama term, he served as our minister to Sweden. He seems to be the first Louisvillian ever to hold posts to two countries.

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