Oct 26 2015

Who was the first major league baseball player to have their signature branded into a Louisville Slugger Bat?

Who was the first major league baseball player to have their signature branded into a Louisville Slugger Bat?

In 1905, the name Honus Wagner was branded into a Louisville Slugger bat the making him the first major league baseball player to receive that honor.

The Louisville Slugger Factory started producing the World Series bats for the New York Mets Friday. The Mets’ bats are being made to each player’s specifications. The Kansas City Royals took the American League pennant late Friday night. Production for their bats started today.

Louisville Slugger has made bats for players in every World Series since the series started in 1903. More home runs, RBIs, and historic moments in World Series history have occurred with Louisville Slugger bats than with all other bat companies combined.

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Oct 23 2015

It’s Feel Good Friday-We Salute Chester Carlson, Inventor of the Copier Machine and Champion of Dreams that Won’t Die.

October, 22nd 1938, Queens New York Chester Carlson invents the photocopier. He tries to sell the machine to IBM, RCA, Kodak and others, but they see no use for a gadget that makes nothing but copies.

The first duplicate image ever created by photocopy. October, 22, 1938

The first duplicate image ever created by photocopy. October, 22, 1938

Carlson believed that the world was ready for an easier and less costly way to make copies. He was proved right only after a discouraging, years-long search for a company that would develop
his invention into a useful product. Carlson was quite alone in his work, and in his belief that xerography was of practical value to anyone. He pounded the pavement for years in a fruitless search for a company that believed in his work. From 1939 to 1944, he was turned down by more than twenty companies.

It was the Haloid Company, a small photo-paper maker in Rochester, N.Y, which took on the challenge and the promise of xerography and thus became, in a breathtakingly short time, the giant multinational company now known to the world as Xerox Corporation. In 1959, twenty-one years after Carlson invented xerography, that the first convenient office copier using xerography was
unveiled. The 914 copier could make copies quickly at the touch of a button on plain paper.

When he died in 1968 at the age of 62, Chester Carlson was a wealthy and honored man, Xerox annual revenues were approaching the billion dollar mark, and the whole world was making copies at the push of a button. Thank you Chester Carlson for keeping your dream alive.

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Oct 22 2015

Louisville’s Market Street in NULU – Would a Rose by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

A destination since Louisville’s founding, Market Street, now known as the center of the NuLu District, has played host to a variety of businesses throughout the city’s history. Drawing Louisvillians for generations as a center of commerce and industry, the area comprises parts of two of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods, Butchertown and Phoenix Hill.

NuLu was originally part of a 1,000-acre Royal land grant to Col. William Preston (aka Preston St and Preston Hwy) for his service during the French and Indian War. In 1827, the area was annexed by the city of Louisville under the name of “Uptown”. Around 1880 Market Street gave home to the Bourbon Stockyards which helped fuel the smelly, but critical early growth of meat purveyors, tanners and other industries associated with the livestock trade, including the establishment of several Market Houses that populated the street. For decades livestock was herded from the riverfront up Market Street.
The 1852 City Directory noted “the entire extent of this street is given up to retail grocers, provisions dealers, and clothiers”; almost everything purchased in Louisville, either was produced or sold on Market Street. During the last half of the 19th through the early 20th century, at the beginning of the era of the great department store, three major Louisville retailers, Levy Brothers, Bacon’s, and Loevenhart’s open for business on Market Street.

Because the Market Street was home to several produce and grocery markets,the streets were extra-wide, a feature that is still present today. The Louisville Quest is a great way to discover all the best parts of the NuLu District while having fun along the way.

Oct 20 2015

Spooky, Creepy and Scary – Louisville’s Haunted Houses.

The creepy doings in Louisville aren’t limited to All Hallow’s Eve. Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city, is home to real haunted houses with a past to offer up scary apparitions all year-round. Here are three of the most prominent.

The DuPont Mansion (dupontmansion.com), now a bed and breakfast, was once home to wealthy industrialists. Built in 1879, the three-story home has rooms with 14-foot ceilings, 10 bedrooms and Italian marble fireplaces. A.V. DuPont, murdered by his mistress in 1893, purportedly haunts the mansion and the park in front of the home. He seems to be particularly interested in women who visit the house.

The Pink Palace, built as a gentlemen’s club and casino in 1891, became a private home in 1910. One of the original owners appears before residents become aware they are in danger, giving them a warning to flee.

Built in 1885, the J.P. Speed Mansion still has its original woodwork, ceiling medallions and fireplaces. Harriet Bishop Speed haunts the large recital hall added to the back of the house in the 1900s, where she can be seen playing the piano.

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Oct 19 2015

When a Start-Up Company Becomes a ‘Real Business’, What Happens to the Fun?

It’s well-known that a happy employee is a more productive employee.

But when the going gets tough, and the tough get going, where’s the fun in the job?

Just like good communication – which is typically the first to go when schedules get busy, reserving space for FUN and GAMES in your company’s mission statement is critical to the long-term success and health of your business.

This is especially true for start-ups which often begin with a handful of friends and colleagues, but morph into ‘real companies’ with entry-level employees, human resource departments, and, dare I say it – the dreaded employee handbook.

i love my job

When a start up survives to make the transition to an established company – it is vital that owners and managers retain the element of fun and excitement that attracted employees to your business in the first place.

This includes continuing to keep employees involved.  It is not enough for your employees to enjoy working.  They must enjoy working TOGETHER. It is critical to provide bonding opportunities between founding members of your company and newbies – ensuring that your company is a single entity working as a team.

A great way to provide fun, excitement and diversion from the daily grind, while creating a great bonding opportunity is to plan a company outing.  If staffing the office is an issue, divide your employees into multidisciplinary groups and schedule a different day-out for each group.

Looking for some fun ideas for employee day out?  The Louisville Quest is one of the best activities in Louisville for any group. Check it out next time your planning a company event.

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