Louisville Magazine

APR 2019

Louisville Magazine is Louisville's city magazine, covering Louisville people, lifestyles, politics, sports, restaurants, entertainment and homes. Includes a monthly calendar of events.

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40 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.19 THE BIT Mike's Matters After 23 years as Kentucky Derby Festival CEO, Mike Berry is stepping down — and he's taking a few trophies with him. By Mary Chellis Nelson Photos by Jessica Ebelhar A BIT DEEPER "I like having stuff around me," Mike Berry says. "I can look at something and it conjures up a memory." e Kentucky Derby Festival CEO's South ird Street office is a KDF collector's paradise: complete sets of festival glasses, walls of event pins, festival-branded editions of several types of bourbon, a signed and framed Tom Brady jersey, a clock that former Belle of Louisville captain Mike Fitzgerald made using the boat's paddlewheel. A silver vase is from when Berry was a float judge at this year's Tournament of Roses parade, which leads up to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Califor- nia. A dancing, singing Hillary Clinton doll sits on the windowsill wearing a Pega- sus pin, next to a photo of her wearing the pin when she came to town and stumped during her 2008 presidential run. Muppet dolls Statler and Waldorf sit on a shelf, an old joke between Berry and under Over Louisville producer Wayne Hettinger. "Wayne and I disagreed on when was the first under," Berry says of the fireworks

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