Birthdays and Broadway

By Carla Sue Broecker

On December 6, 2013, Elizabeth Ann Pennington Broecker celebrated her 100th birthday and all were thrilled. When asked what the secret of her longevity was, she famously was quoted as saying she credits it all to the “Three Bs.” Bacon, which she likes each day at breakfast; Bridge which she fanatically plays with great skill; and Bourbon which she has been known to sip on the rocks with some regularity.

On December 6, 2017, my husband’s Aunt Betty Ann celebrated her 104th birthday with great pride. As you might expect when you reach this age you tend to slow down a bit. And while she lost her husband, Leonard Broecker more than fifty years ago, her “kids” Penn Broecker and his wife Patrecia; and Liza Lee Broecker Ulferts and her husband Glen, give her a great deal of support. I think that means they keep the bacon and bourbon flowing.

Betty Ann Pennington Broecker at 104 years of age.

She currently calls Atria St. Matthews, 120 S. Hubbards Lane, 40207 home for the moment, and loves cards and letters from friends.


The PNC Broadway Series has been presenting Broadway at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts ever since it opened. That adds up to thousands of performances of hundreds of shows. In all that time it has never had a Christmas themed holiday show until now. Last week “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” played to more than 22,000 people in ten performances.

In the spirit of helping the community the series had a promotion when the Grinch tickets went on sale to the general public. The Christmas in July promotion raised over $5,600 for Norton Children’s Hospital. The Louisville Theatrical Association which presents the Broadway Series used some of its funds to have some students from Lincoln Elementary and the Boys and Girls Club see the show.

In addition to charming all who saw the show, an enormous Christmas wreath decorated with some of the characters from the show was in the lobby as a photo op spot for all who wanted to have a photographic memory of themself at the show.


Louisville is losing a medical treasure. Dr. Wayne Gibson and his gorgeous wife, Stephanie, have decided to pick up and move his medical practice and their home to Colorado Springs.

Dr. Gibson is a spectacularly talented cardiologist specializing in diagnosing problems of the heart. No, he doesn’t give advice to the lovelorn. He was recruited to Louisville from the Mayo Clinic and they were really sorry to see him go. Once when a local lady of a certain age placed a call to Mayo’s to request an appointment to be seen there for her heart, the famous Clinic asked why she wanted to come there when one of the world’s best cardiological diagnosticians was in Louisville.

Known for his quiet approach and charming “islands” accent, he can calm even the most nervous patient. It doesn’t hurt that he is tall and handsome as well.

Stephanie was born in Michigan and grew up in Louisiana and is loved by all. 

We shall miss them.


Les Dames d’Escoffier, a woman’s organization that services the food and hospitality industry had its third annual cookie bake sale last week at Ramsi’s On the World on Bardstown Road. All of the members made every kind of cookie imaginable. Some were decorated sugar cookies, others were drop cookies and even a few cakes and pies sneaked in. The purpose of the sale is to raise money to fund scholarships to train future chefs and others who want a culinary career. Most of the scholarships in Louisville are to Sullivan University on Bardstown Road.

The last two years the event has been held at Copper & Kings in Butchertown where both years, even in colder weather, the outdoor event was a sell-out. The new location this year, held in the outdoor courtyard of Ramsi’s, enjoyed sunny weather and drew great crowds throughout the event. Some really wonderful and imaginative cookies were there along with some cakes and a pie or two. VT