Louisville Magazine

MAR 2017

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18 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 The world's largest UPS air hub spans the equivalent of 80 football fields at the Louisville Interna- tional Airport. Due to the potential danger of wildlife getting caught in aircraft en- gines, there isn't so much as a tree on the property. It's a sea of concrete. But there is one small oasis of green grass right in the middle of Worldport operations. This patch of untouched land is a "Native American village of burials, discovered in the 1960s," says Philip DiBlasi, a staff ar- chaeologist at the University of Louisville. The Kentucky National Guard had been using an area about 100 yards from this spot when construction on a new ramp revealed the remains of Native American bodies and other artifacts, which prompt- ed archaeologists to excavate samples to determine if the plot should be protected. "Hunter-gatherers would frequent this place seasonally, burying relatives and tools and using sections as storage pits," says DiBlasi, who began working on the site in 1972. The National Historic Preser- vation Act halts any construction and pro- tects the land if a sampled area proves to contain a certain amount of artifacts/bodi- ly remains. When UPS leased the property from the FAA to expand Worldport in the early 2000s, the plot was "green-spaced" in a memorandum. To this day it remains a historic archaeological site. — RM THE BIT A BIT OF HISTORY FROM U OF L ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS WHY LOUISVILLE? This cute avian couple (no, she is not getting ready to slap him for touching her breast) posed as male and female University of Louisville Cardinal mascots in 1964. Their papier-mâché heads — a step up from the makeshift cloth model devised in 1953 — were crafted in 1962 by student Sally Herman, the first LadyBird Cardinal. A bug-eyed male mascot head — dressed in dotted bow tie, pillow-stuffed red sweater, white pants and spats, and a long-tailed black colonel's coat — had been around since 1958. The male sported a long, blunt-tipped beak and mohawk-ish crest; LadyBird's lipsticked beak was short and pointy, and crazy- long string lashes accented her eyes. The two mascots were "married" in a mock ceremony at Freedom Hall. Records show LadyBird lasting at least into the late 1970s, when the onesie Louie costume made its solo debut. — Jack Welch

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