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Bourbon, Bats And A Big Horse Race

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY | When Denny Crum, a California native and at the time an assistant to John Wooden at UCLA, was introduced as head basketball coach of the university in this city in 1971 he referred to it as “Lewis-ville.”
Corrected almost immediately, Crum’s mistake was shrugged off by the local citizenry as a minor indiscretion, and he now is better remembered for the two NCAA championships his teams won.
Named after King Louis XVI (that’s 16 on your scorecard), Louisville has no specific pronunciation but is called “Loouhvull,” “Looeevil,” and by the home folk, “Luhvull.”
Anything but Lewis-ville.
It’s a town with the most famous horse race in America, a 120-foot replica of a bat used by Babe Ruth and enough bourbon to quench thirsts from Frankfort to Paducah.
There’s a street honoring native son Muhammad Ali, who as a kid was known as Cassius Clay; an airport that is the site of UPS’s worldwide hub; and a Jack Nicklaus golf course named after a hall of the slain in Norse mythology, Valhalla.
According to Wikipedia, Louisville is Kentucky’s only “first-class city,” a comment which if heard around town might earn the speaker a whap on the head with a bottle of Early Times or Maker’s Mark and a trip to Valhalla — the hall of the slain, not the golf club.
Someone from Louisville composed a “bucket list” of must-see attractions in the area, not including the high-power wires that cross Valhalla. (They were there before the course.)
A critic, having scoured the suggestions, responded with a comment on Twitter.


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