Whether you are new to The Voice or have been part of our nearly 70-year history, surely you know our one mainstay has been Partyline columnist Carla Sue Broecker.
Over the years, Carla Sue has shared her life with readers and focused on highlighting others, the emphasis always on the latter. It may have been her party, but her pen, wit, humor and perceptions have lifted, loved and always acknowledged those along her path. She’s made us laugh. She’s made us gasp. She’s made us shed tears. And she’s reminded us again and again that everyone – everyone – matters.
Two weeks ago, I received an email from Carla Sue that began “Angie, my dear.” I held my breath as I read her message: “I think it is time for me to hang it up. This old broad is tired.”
I giggled at her deliverance of what was a bittersweet message before picking up the phone to call her and ask if she was sure. While the loss will be felt by The Voice-Tribune team and our readers, if anyone deserves to write at will and not on a weekly deadline after decades of doing so, it’s Carla Sue.
While this may be the last issue of The Voice-Tribune that includes her weekly column, I promise it won’t be the last time you see the Louisville icon grace these pages.