Month: June 2016

Louisville stocks inch back to pre-Brexit levels, and some even advance

Brown-Forman, GE, and Haier clawed back losses sustained in the days after Britain’s unexpected vote to quit the European Union a week ago today — and then some, based on today’s closing prices. All three are now above pre-Brexit levels.

Post-Brexit stock prices

But the other big employers in Boulevard’s Stock Portfolio are still in the red, with Ford the deepest: the automaker, which employs nearly 10,000 in the Louisville area, is still down 6% from its closing price June 23, when Brits went to the polls, but before results were known to Wall Street.

Amid Cobb’s inflammatory Tweets, did Gov. Bevin fully vet his new UofL trustee?

That’s Courier-Journal columnist Tim Sullivan’s excellent question this afternoon about businessman Douglas Cobb, who tweeted that climate change was a hoax; evolution was for patsies; “gay Christian” was an oxymoron, plus other controversial views — before abruptly deleting his account last night.

Douglas Cobb

Cobb, a venture capitalist and former CEO of Greater Louisville Inc.’s predecessor organization, was one of a slew of high-profile business men and women Gov. Matt Bevin added yesterday to his dramatically redrawn University of Louisville board of trustees. Since Bevin was trying to introduce adult supervision to the board, he’s now in a major jam: Does he stick by Cobb, or press him to step aside so — as the boilerplate language goes — he doesn’t become a “distraction”?

Yesterday afternoon, Cobb initially defended his Tweets, telling WDRB he wouldn’t back down. But by evening, he’d zapped his account — sparking a continuing storm of Twittercism:

Let’s dance! In the party pics conga line with Shannon Cogan, and a saucy Aussie

Champagne smallerBig smiles, big personalities and big business networking — yes, it’s everyone’s favorite feature in the society shiny sheets: party photos! Boulevard picks through the pics, choosing our favorite coverage.

With NFocus Louisville’s sudden demise, Boulevard is more dependent than ever on The Voice-Tribune for our window on the ladies who lunch and the men who punch.

Shannon Cogan

Tangoing straight to the chase, here’s today’s party pics pick: Let’s Dance Louisville, where Cathedral of the Assumption hosted a “Dancing with the Stars”-esque fundraiser last Saturday, featuring local “celebrities” (to use the editor’s choice of punctuation).

Of the 73 (!) photos by workhouse paparazzo Tim Valentino, our favorite is No. 19: WAVE news anchor and silver-sequin pailletted Shannon Cogan, sandwiched between weatherman Brian Goode and Robert Curran, the Louisville Ballet’s Australian executive director.


Photo, top: That’s Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd, crowned Season 22 champions of “Dancing with the Stars” on May 24.

Sip to this next weekend: Brown-Forman officially launches its first new bourbon brand in 20 years

It’s Cooper’s Craft, which Brown-Forman first announced in April. The new brand reflects the value the Louisville-based spirits giant places on building its own barrels, and the flavor good wood adds to the final mix.

Coopers Craft smallerBF and Louisville Magazine are hosting the launch party Friday, July 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Pointe, 1205 E. Washington St. in Butchertown. Tickets are $20, which includes three drinks, live music by the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, plus a barrel-raising demonstration. Details here.

Brown-Forman established its own cooperage in 1945 and to this day, is the only major distiller to build barrels at its own in-house cooperage, as this video explains:

Heartbroken in Louisville! The last direct link to the greatest advice columnist ever has been severed

Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, who for 14 years wrote the syndicated “Annie’s Mailbox” column for The Courier-Journal and hundreds of other outlets, called it quits today. They started as the long-time editors of the original “Ann Landers” column, written for nearly 50 years by the late, great and ever-stylish Esther Pauline “Eppie” Lederer. (That’s her, top, with her trademark hair.)

“We’ve urged you to live your lives to the fullest,” Mitchell and Sugar told readers this morning. “Now it’s our turn.”

Annie's Mailbox smallerStarting tomorrow, Mitchell and Sugar are being replaced by the conveniently named “Annie Lane,” who will be writing a column called “Dear Annie.” Lane, who grew up in California, is a certified yoga instructor who also worked in sales at an Internet advertising startup; a law firm, and, before that, a federal magistrate. She’s written extensively for Creators Syndicate’s special sections.

The original Landers column was started in 1943 by Chicago Sun-Times writer Ruth Crowley. Lederer took it over in 1955, but declined to have a different writer continue the column after her death in 2002. (At the time, she lived in a $4.4 million, 16-room Lake Shore Drive co-op in Chicago with three — three! — maid’s rooms.)

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Sound the cannon! Ring those bells! Sunday brings Abrams, the orchestra — and the ‘1812’ Overture to Waterfront Park

Music Director Teddy Abrams will lead the full Louisville Orchestra at Waterfront Park Sunday in the city’s annual July 4th celebration. All the cool fun starts at 5 p.m., with fireworks sponsored by the Louisville Bats. More details here.

Here’s the orchestra last year performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, written in 1880 and now a staple for Fourth of July celebrations:

How did 1812 become the orchestral community’s answer to ballet’s Nutcracker? Credit Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops’ televised performance in 1974, replete with cannons, an expanded bell choir and fireworks, according to the Houston Chronicle.