Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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ultimatebridalservices.com 138 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 Presented by Wedding Show at The Olmsted produced by UltimateBridalServices.com and Kenny Sauter's Masters of Music Sunday, November 4, 2018 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. FREE admission to preregistered Engaged Couples. $8 for all other guests. Preregister TODAY at UltimateBridalServices.com 3701 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 One lucky Engaged Couple will win $500 in Cash Coupons. Just like cash to be used with eligible wedding professionals in this wedding show. Must be present to win. Groomed for News Continued from page 39 Over the years I came to see some of the wisdom in Barry Sr.'s decision. All across America, the great privately owned publications were falling one by one into the hands of corporations. At the time, the Louisville papers were sold to the Gannett Corp. for $300 million, then the largest amount ever paid for American newspapers. My identification with the Couri- er-Journal is now, almost 50 years after I went to work there, unbreakable. Frequently, I am asked what I think of the newspaper today, or what I think could have happened to make things turn out differently. I'm afraid I just don't know. What happened between 1986 and today happened slowly. ere were periodic invasions by corporate "geniuses" who would never have been hired by the Bing- hams. And the bean counters kept cutting back. Now, newspaper executives believe that producing a local paper is the same whether you are in Phoenix, Fort Col- lins, Rochester, Indianapolis, Nashville, Pensacola or Louisville. But one paradigm doesn't fit all. e beauty of local news- papers as we once knew them was that they translated the world and the nation to the perspective of a given community. e newspaper in Louisville should be fundamentally different from a newspaper in any other place. My last encounter with Barry Sr. came just a short time before his slow and pain- ful death of brain cancer in August 1988. I came with my wife, Meme, and our son, Lee (then only about seven months old), to the "Little House" on the Bingham estate, where he and wife Mary Bingham had lived in retirement. Barry Sr. was in a bedroom that had been outfitted like a hospital suite. He was in a white gown, one of his legs extended on a lift, and his face was badly disfigured by a swollen tongue that made speaking impossible. His head of gleaming white hair had given way to baldness. Still, I attempted a conversation, and with his famous blue eyes and his nodding chin, he made clear that he understood what I was saying. I promised him that we on the editorial staff would continue to pursue his goals and principles. A few weeks later I was an usher at his funeral. I had a final visit with Barry Jr. just before his death in 2006. He was sitting

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