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JUL 2018

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108 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 BOARD BACK The most prized find from my office graveyard is a photocopy of a 19th-century magazine story written by the Illinois sculptor Leonard Volk, who molded a life mask on Abraham Lincoln's face in 1860, just before Lincoln ran for president and before he had a beard. (The life mask now resides in the Kentucky gallery at the Speed Art Museum.) Volk's descriptions of Lincoln's features ("long, dark hair standing out at every imaginable angle, apparently uncombed for a week"), mannerisms ("he frequently came up two, if not three, steps a stride") and quotes ("When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees!") are nothing short of priceless. Lost and Found Longtime Louisville Magazine senior editor Jack Welch unearthed these gems when he began cleaning out his office last month — four years after retiring. An '80s-vintage, kelly-green sportcoat, originally one of 396 purchased for bailiffs and honorary deputies by controversial Jefferson County Sheriff (and tavern owner) Jim Greene, who served three terms and was campaigning for a fourth in 1993 when he resigned after being convicted of mail fraud and tax evasion. Tipped off by a Courier-Journal story, I bought the sportcoat for $5 at a local Goodwill. Greene died at 83 last year. A set of horse-racing trading cards put out in 1994 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Daily Racing Form, sent to my office by a local enterprise called Horse Star Cards. Two years earlier, the Jockeys' Guild sent me a set of 300 trading cards featuring individual jockeys, including their career stats and favorite movies, TV shows and even ice cream flavors. Many answered "any flavor," I suspect out of annoyance at the insipidness of the request. A folder full of still photos from the short-lived (seven installments) WAVE-TV musical variety show Boyd Bennett and His Space Buddies, which combined a 1952 vision of space adventure and impromptu singing. The sets were pieces of cardboard with magic-marker drawings, and the spacesuits were a small step up from garbage bags. The star (left) was assisted by a young and dapper Foster Brooks in this publicity photo. Bennett went on to write and record the song "Seventeen," which climbed to No. 4 on the national charts. I tried to return the photos in 2002 but found out Bennett had recently died. A combined 1980s Louisville Times headline and my personal addition, one of many sarcastic remarks and instructional observations I stuck to my bulletin board as a copyeditor during the past 30 or so years. Other examples that never reached their targets: "Do stuff that's doable"; "Don't be creative to the point of opaqueness"; "Those were the days and these aren't"; and "Read for flow. Read for mistakes. Read for color."

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