By EARL COX
While waiting in an eye specialistâ€™s office recently, a nice lady sat down beside me. She noticed that I had my usual four daily newspapers and asked, â€œMay I look at one of your papers?â€
I handed her my New York Times.
â€œNo, thank you,â€ she said and handed it back to me. â€œI donâ€™t read that liberal stuff!â€
I told her that I retired from The Courier-Journal after a long career and that I didnâ€™t agree with many of its editorials.
But it didnâ€™t keep me from reading the paper or The New York Times.
I once asked Barry Bingham Sr., The C-Jâ€™s owner, why we usually endorsed Democrats.
He said that he just thought that Democrats were better people, â€œbut we always supported John Sherman Cooper,â€ the Republican U.S. Senator from Somerset.
Anyone in this business needs to read all the newspapers and magazines (yes, I read them too). When I pass along information to you, I always give credit.
Examples: From USA Today, I learned that Western Kentucky paid Willie Taggart $475,000 last year and signed Bobby Petrino for $850,000. UK paid Joker Phillips $1,700,000 last year and signed successor Mark Stoops for $2,001,250.
For staying at Louisville, Charlie Strong will make $1.4 million more than he made last year.
I subscribe to The Times, USA Today and The Lexington Herald-Leader. The Times has the best sports section in the nation. USA Today is a much different paper that is full of interesting national stories and columns. The C-J and The Herald-Leader are much better than they get credit for. The C-J is a must for Cardinal fans and also does a decent job with UK, but The Herald-Leader is No. 1 for Wildcat fans.