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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42 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.19 THE BIT Duck Decoy "This duck decoy belonged to my predecessor, Dan Mangeot. He gave me my start. He died Feb. 11, 1997, and one week later the board named me CEO. One of the weirdest things in the world was realizing I'd have to move into this office. I was good friends with Dan's wife when I worked with Gov. Martha Layne Collins (as an administrative assistant in the '80s); that's how I got involved with the festival. When Dan's family came to clean out the office, I said I would love to keep this (decoy). I don't think of hunting or a duck or whatever. To me, this is Dan. Through his decoy he kind of watches over." Custom Louisville Slugger "This bat is a (recent) gift from Slugger. It's one of a kind. I almost was going to take it to our board meeting today and decided I wasn't going to because people will want one and I wanted one of a kind. "One of the things I've thought about doing is: I will definitely leave a note in the desk with a few tips to whoever the successor is, about how protective you need to be of the brand of the festival. I'm not just talking about the color of the jacket or what the Pegasus pin looks like. A lot of times we forget that we're just caretakers of the festival. It doesn't belong to us; it's not a family company. You have to be really careful because the festival should be about everybody, whether they're black, white, Republican, Democrat, whether they live in the East End or the West End, whether they're from Louisville, whether they moved here or are just visiting. That's when you have to realize that the festival serves everybody, and it's really easy to forget that."

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