Louisville Magazine

JUN 2019

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gocards.com/tickets 32 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 6.19 FLASHBACK June 1977 On the cover: "Lady In Waiting: Can We Raise $1.2 Million to Keep Rembrandt's Portrait at the Speed?" Inside: The Speed Art Museum was raising $1.2 million to acquire a Rembrandt painting for its permanent collection, where it remains today. The photo- graph-like 1634 "Portrait of a Woman" was an extra cause for celebration on the Speed's 50th birthday. "For $10," we wrote, "an art-lover of modest means might well feel that he owns a brushstroke by the great master." We also spoke to C. R. "Skip" Graham, retiring as director of the Louisville Free Public Library after 35 years. Though eight branches had recently closed, Graham seemed optimistic about the institution's future. "There will probably always be a need for a headquarters where peo- ple can come and be comfortable in an environment of books and scholarship," he said, adding, "If I have the finest library in the world and it isn't used, then it isn't worth a damn." Fast-forward to today: An expanded St. Matthews branch recently opened and a Northeast Regional branch will open this summer. Due to budget cuts, however, two library locations are now at risk of possible closure, with oth- ers facing reduced hours, including being closed on Saturdays. Outside: June 1977 Courier-Journal headlines: "Seattle Slew earns final Triple Crown jewel"; "Experts disagree on lasting effects of chemicals dumped in Ohio River"; "McConnell says he'd give greater support to arts"; "Buying gun is easy in Louisville area."

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