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Program 717

1. Hall of Fame basketball coach Denny Crum
2. hunting for arrowheads
3. landscape photographer James Archambeault
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Jefferson County

For more information:
University of Louisville Sports Information Department, (502) 852-6581

Producer, videographer: Dan Hollis
Editor: Joy Flynn


Hanging Out at Denny’s

Basketball coach Denny Crum

In 1971, the University of Louisville hired a young Californian named Denny Crum to be its men’s basketball coach. Everyone—including, at the time, Crum himself—thought he would spend a few years in Louisville getting some head-coaching experience under his belt, then head back west. Crum’s mentor, coaching legend John Wooden, was coming to the end of his amazing career at UCLA, and Crum was seen as the heir apparent.

But a funny thing happened along the way. Denny fell in love with Louisville, which fell in love with him right back. And by the time Wooden did announce his retirement just before the 1975 national championship game—after defeating former assistant Crum in a spectacular semifinal game—it was becoming clear that UCLA would have to look elsewhere.

Crum would spend 30 years as the Cardinals’ coach, during which he put U of L back into the national spotlight—and himself into the National Basketball Hall of Fame. The Cards were the team of the ’80s in college basketball, winning two national titles and appearing in two other Final Fours during the decade. In a way, though, Crum’s toughest challenge was not across the country but just down the road, as he battled for fans’ respect and recruits’ consideration in a basketball-crazy state long dominated by the storied University of Kentucky program.

In this Kentucky Life profile, taped before Crum announced his own retirement in early 2001, Denny remembers some of his favorite coaching moments, talks about his teaching philosophy, and discusses some of the charitable ventures he has been involved in during his time in Louisville.

Look for more about Denny Crum in the multi-part KET documentary Basketball in Kentucky—Great Balls of Fire. The web site has a video clip from John Wooden.

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Fayette County

Producer, videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee


Points of Interest

Hunting for arrowheads

Host Dave Shuffett gets to revisit a little piece of his childhood in our next segment, in which he and Lexington’s David Hellard go looking for arrowheads. As a boy, Shuffett would make a point of visiting newly plowed fields to see whether the overturned soil held any of these small treasures. As they search, he and Hellard, who has long shared this fascination, talk about the appeal of finding and holding these tangible reminders of prehistoric native peoples.

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Fayette County

For more information:
James Archambeault, 49 N. Ashland Ave., Lexington, KY 40502, (859) 268-1025

Producer: Joy Flynn
Videographer: Gale Worth
Editor: Dan Taulbee


Picturing Kentucky

Photographer James Archambeault

Lexington’s James Archambeault knocked about in various jobs—social work, the Peace Corps, writing for United Press International—before he found his true calling. Now he’s a well-known landscape photographer whose mission is to document Kentucky’s natural beauty. In this segment, Kentucky Life accompanies Archambeault as he finds some stunning examples among the autumn colors of the Red River Gorge.

Several coffee-table books of Archambeault’s stunning photos have been published. This profile of the photographer first appeared in Kentucky Life Program 401.

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