Louisville Magazine

MAY 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 5.19 85 restaurant industry and caught on with Ron Metts Construction. He gained a few years experience until the 2008 economic downturn led to his lay-off. "I needed to have a place to go at a certain time, and I just needed to do work," he says of construction during his early days of recovery. "It was a safe environment for me to work in." What came next would set the stage for Core Design. He bought a welding machine and taught himself some basic metalworking. He built a cargo rack for the roof of his car and found that he liked manipulating such durable material. Working with metal tapped a craftsman's aptitude and problem-solving skillset he well may have inherited from his mother's father, whose aerospace credits include being on the design team of the guidance system for the surface-to-air intercept missiles that were U.S. Department of Defense mainstays in the 1950s and '60s. "He's almost a spitting image of what my dad looked like," says Semones' mother, Jaci Gillespie, who raised her only child as a single mother. She recalls a grade-school Semones having his images of Derby horses selected for a Derby Festival children's art show. He also did drawings inspired by AC/DC and Metallica. "Kind of a Gothic disturbance thing," she says, adding, "As an artist, he was kind of talented from the get-go." She says others in the family have struggled with addiction. "It runs in the family," Gillespie says. "For Jeremy, I think he's finally the one to have stopped the train...I'm really proud of that." Continued on page 105

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