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Monday's Man

  • Rocking around the clock

    Mike Marvin doesn’t just like oldies music. He knows everything there is to know about it.

    A disc jockey for WAKY 103.5, he’s earned the nickname “Mr. Oldies.”

    He spins oldies in the evening time slot at WAKY and also is the go-to guy for any question about rock ‘n’ roll history.

    Station general manager Rene Bell never has worked with anyone with a “vast warehouse of knowledge” like Marvin’s, she said.

  • The Art of Performance: The pressure cooker: 2012 Olympics

    The 2012 Summer Olympics are in session, and the pressures have begun. This competition brings out the best and worst of world class athletes.

    You might remember one of the devastating images of the 2008 Games. The event was the women’s 100-meter hurdles. U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones had a commanding lead but clipped the ninth hurdle, stumbled, fell on the track and finished seventh. It was a devastating turn of events. Her Olympic dreams came crashing down. Later, Jones would say she was thinking too much about technique as the race drew to a close.

  • Bo knows, promotes tennis

    To borrow from a popular advertising campaign of the ‘90s, Bo knows tennis.

    Bo O’Brien also knows basketball, baseball, football and track, among other sports.

    The Elizabethtown resident has been involved in sports for most of his life and these days he is chairman of the Elizabethtown Tennis Commission.

    “This is my way of volunteering,” O’Brien, 64, said of his work with the commission.

  • Baseball at the heart of a lot of memories

    I decided nine days ago what my column would be today.

    I decided five days ago as I hauled out the garbage under a lit up night sky of electricity that it would become a doubleheader about baseball and what it can be to dads and men like me.

    Best I can figure, I have coached baseball for 13 years. I even coached when I didn't have a son playing. So I have seen a lot of ball fields, a lot of games, a lot of great wins and even a few, even to this day, head-scratching losses.

  • Bobby Sheroan applies the discipline of martial arts to daily life

    The disciplines of personal responsibility, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and an indomitable spirit are not only what Grandmaster Bobby Sheroan practices in Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts, but also what he’s practiced in work and family life.

    After graduating with the last graduating class of Vine Grove High School in 1962, Sheroan went to General Motors training school in Cincinnati and worked as the service manager at a local Buick dealership.

  • Art of Performance: Disasters can spawn new successes

    There is one professional baseball organization that stands out as the worst over the last 20 years. That organization is the Pittsburgh Pirates. They have endured 19 losing seasons in a row. They have played bad baseball and made questionable trades for many years. Their losing performance is illustrative of a team going in the wrong direction.

    The Pirates have not always been so bad. They have a history of World Series championships and some of the best baseball players have played for them. But for the last 19 years, they have been the worst team in baseball.

  • HCP artistic director Bo Cecil finds place in the arts

    When telling of a season at Hardin County Playhouse, artistic director Bo Cecil often uses a food analogy, describing the offerings as the various courses of a good meal.

    Such a comparison is fitting for the 40-year-old Hodgenville resident who studied culinary arts at Sullivan University and taught world cuisine classes to high school seniors within a two-hour radius of Louisville. He enjoyed doing so except for one aspect.

    “I hate to drive,” Cecil said.

  • For Your Health: Don't sacrifice summertime safety

    It seems that not too long ago summertime used to be called summer vacation. Now it’s nothing like a vacation but rather the summer work season.

    Between regular jobs, getting kids to sporting events and the endless list of things to do around the house, we wonder how will we ever get everything done. What shortcuts can be taken? How fast will this lawnmower go?

    But one thing we never want to do is to take shortcuts with safety.

  • David Haines rides to recovery

    It’s been a long ride for David Haines. He’s journeyed from young soldier to armor officer to wounded warrior to chief operating officer of Ride 2 Recovery, an organization out to support wounded warriors through cycling.

    Haines joined the U.S. Army at 18, right out of high school, in his home state of Rhode Island. He was a tank crewman and trained at Fort Knox.

  • A Lucas move could ruin classic video game

    By Forrest Berkshire

    Updating a classic can be tricky.

    Take, for example, the “enhanced” Star Wars trilogy. Never has a man gone from revered to reviled as quickly as George Lucas after the release of his remastered trilogy. It was bad enough when he made those last three prequels with Jar Jar Binks. But then he had to go and mess with the original films, adding in some special effects and tinkering with the storyline just enough to completely destroy the central morality tale of the film. I mean, really George, Greedo shooting first?