Monday's Man

  • Meeting someone long-admired can be better than expected

    Early last month, I was able to meet someone I have long admired.

    You know how sometimes you finally meet someone and they’re really nothing like you imagined? Many professional athletes — and even a lot of college athletes — are like that.

    Some are just like you thought they would be.

    Former University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch was as folksy in person in a crowded locker room as he appeared with a TV camera on him after throwing for four touchdowns.

  • Remembering soccer referee, man of passion

    Ricardo Portillo represented all that is good about youth sports. He was a soccer referee in Taylorsville, Utah, until he died May 4, a week after he was injured in a soccer match.

    Portillo had refereed in the Hispanic soccer league outside Salt Lake City for eight years. He was passionate about soccer and believed he was an important contributor to his community by being a soccer referee for young people. He loved the game and the opportunity for young people to be focused on a soccer field.

  • From Vietnam to America: Dr. Nguyen Tien Young, 'one of the lucky ones'

    Dr. Nguyen Tien Young’s life has taken him from war-torn Vietnam to a medical practice in Elizabethtown.

    He came to the United States 38 years ago after escaping Vietnam. A physician in chief of the First Battalion Marine Corps of South Vietnam, he fought against the communist Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War.

    “I was on the battlefront, I faced the enemy and I’m one of the lucky ones,” he said.

    He served in the mountains until his unit was ordered to withdraw to a southern province.

  • Steady hands of Elizabethtown doctor wield paintbrush

    A steady hand is important for a surgeon, but it's important for an oil painter, too.

    Rob Wilson knows this because he is both.

    "There's definitely some overlap in precision and detail that attracts me to painting," Wilson said.

    The 34-year-old Elizabethtown otolaryngologist — commonly referred to as an ear, nose and throat doctor — said in the past year or two he renewed an old interest in art. Just more a month ago he sold his first painting on Etsy.com, an arts and crafts website.

  • For your health: Parents reminded of importance of child passenger safety


    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 7,500 lives have been saved by the proper use of child restraints during the past 20 years. Yet, motor vehicle crashes still remain the number one killer of children ages 4 to 14 in America. The reason? Too often it is the improper use or non-use of child safety seats and booster seats.

  • Art of Performance: Performance should be fun


    It should be fun to be at the top of the performance world. In fact it should be fun to perform. Most of us would assume that any performer we see is having fun on stage. When performers are paid large sums of money, we really believe they are having fun.

  • Spike Latimer: Coordinating a national prayer

    “In 1979, God and I got reacquainted,” Spike Latimer said.

    After that life was not the same, he said.

    “My whole life has been one incident after another of God showing up,” he said.

    A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Latimer spent 23 years in the Army before retiring in 1995. He then worked as a defense contractor for 12 years before retiring to spend the rest of his life “praying, reading and writing,” he said.

  • Elizabethtown resident puts the wheels of business in motion

    After losing a job a few years ago, Fred Cox seized the opportunity to put wheels in motion and start his own business.

    In March 2011, Cox bought a food truck. Not long afterward, Taco Express began popping up around Elizabethtown and around the state.

    “I’ve built a really good crowd travelling around with this,” Cox said of the truck.

  • Saying 'happy anniversary' and 'I love you' just isn't enough

    It was a Friday morning and a partly sunny day. It was 18 years and one day ago.

    That’s when we were married. Lisa, I couldn’t have made a better choice if I had looked the world over.

    Over the years, we have raised four children together, three from a blended family. We have had dogs running through the house and thankfully, no cats. While we may disagree at times, we are no fans of cats, unless it’s the Wildcats from the University of Kentucky.

  • From physical to spiritual: Eric Oliver leaves the sidelines to be pastor at Cecilia Baptist Church

    Eric Oliver is transitioning from helping with the physical needs of athletes to the spiritual needs of churchgoers as he moves from his job with the Hardin Memorial Health Sports Medicine Program to pastor of Cecilia Baptist Church.

    Oliver has been with HMH since 2006 and six years later, he felt God was calling him into ministry.