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1. Glier’s Goetta
2. the University of Louisville Photographic Archives
3. the Mini-Corvette Challenge
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Kenton County

For more information:
Glier’s Goetta, P.O. Box 1052, Covington KY 41012, (800) 4GOETTA (446-3882)

Producer: Charlee Heaton Pagoulatos

Got Goetta?

Glier’s Goetta

In 1946, Robert Glier returned to Northern Kentucky from service in World War II and set about starting his own business. He had grown up helping out in the family butcher shop and had some experience at a Cincinnati meat-packing company under his belt, so the logical thing was to run a meat business.

In the sausage shop of his new store in Covington, Glier began to experiment with new variations on a traditional German breakfast dish called goetta. Made from pork or beef scraps, oats, and seasonings, the Old Country version was a porridge or mush. But Glier increased the meat content in the mix and created a “log” form that could be sliced into patties, crumbled, or formed into links. His updated version of goetta rapidly became a favorite in the region, with its strong Germanic heritage. And when the USDA came around on a mission to identify and codify regional meat products in the 1960s, Glier’s goetta was established as the “standard” American form.

Robert Glier died in 1977, and his son Dan took over the business and continued to expand it. The company now turns out almost a million pounds of goetta a year (in addition to other German sausages like brats and metts). And it’s not just for breakfast—or Germans—anymore: Glier’s makes a bun-length link version of goetta for “goetta dogs,” and fans have submitted recipes incorporating goetta into pizza, burritos, won tons, and more.

Jefferson County

For more information:
Photographic Archives, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, (502) 852-6752

Producer: Guy Mendes
Videographers: Mike Blackburn, Gary Pahler
Editors: Guy Mendes, Dan Taulbee

History on File

The University of Louisville Photographic Archives

If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then the University of Louisville Photographic Archives is worth upwards of a billion.

One of the nation’s premier repositories of historical and contemporary images, the archive houses nearly two million photographs and associated documents. This collection of collections includes the papers, correspondence, and personal photo collection of Roy Stryker, who directed the Farm Security Administration’s massive project to document the Depression years, as well as all the prints, negatives, and slides from two other major documentary projects he directed. The holdings of fine art prints includes work by such masters as Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, and Edward Weston. Almost 500,000 images taken by local studio and newspaper photographers document Louisville history, and several historical collections record people and places of Appalachia. Then there’s the Hillerich & Bradsby collection, a baseball fan’s delight that documents the making of Louisville Slugger bats—and the sluggers who have used them through the decades.

On this visit, archive director James “Andy” Anderson, library specialist Bill Carner, and U of L art professor Mitch Eckert are our guides to some of the archive’s treasures.

The photographic archive is part of Special Collections at Ekstrom Library, U of L’s main campus library. The exhibition gallery, reading room, and reference desk are open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (ET). Scholars and researchers can request other hours by appointment.

Warren County

For more information:
Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky Inc., 440-1/2 East Main Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42101, (270) 782-0280

Mini Muscle

The Mini Corvette Challenge

Since Bowling Green has long been the proud home of the Corvette factory and museum, it seems only logical that a local charity fund-raiser would involve that quintessentially American muscle car. Junior Achievement’s annual Mini Corvette Challenge does just that—minus a little of the muscle.

Held each April, the Challenge features go-carts with Corvette bodies, sponsored by local businesses and piloted by race car drivers with day jobs as bank presidents and corporate executives. We witnessed the 2003 event, held at the Beech Bend Speedway.

Proceeds from the Mini Corvette Challenge go to support JA’s young-entrepreneur programs teaching kids about business and encouraging them to stay in school.

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