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After a car crash changed his life, Brad Fritz spends his time trying to help save others

Since surviving a severe automobile crash at age 15, Brad Fritz spends his life trying to help save others (NKU Photo)   By Ryan Clark KyForward contributor   When Brad Fritz rolls into a room, he speaks volumes – and he does it without saying a word.   It’s because of the accident, which makes it difficult for him to speak at all. He uses a typing machine that talks for...

A book for anyone’s taste ready for autograph at Frankfort’s 33rd Kentucky Book Fair

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

Annual Kentucky Book Fair provides nearly $400,000 in grants to school, public libraries

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

‘It’s Live on Saturday Night’: Emmy-winning NKU graduate reflects on her SNL success

We know women often travel in groups to the restroom. This is the first time we learn that so do Emmy Award statues. (Photo by Cara Hannah Sullivan)   By Cara Hannah Sullivan Special to KyForward   Editor’s note: How many Kentuckians watching the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards a few weeks ago realized they were watching another Bluegrass champion, Cara Hannah Sullivan, who won her third...

My Mom’s Motorcycle: Short film blowing
up YouTube, may win international award

Doug Gautraud’s five-minute film called “My Mom’s Motorcycle” transformed his life and may win an international prize. (Photo provided)   By Ryan Clark Special to KyForward   Douglas Gautraud knew he’d made something special, something with deep themes that could resonate with others.   But he never knew his short film would get nearly 1.4 million views...

Photographer displays five eras of university growth in panorama in his coffee table book

(Photo from NKU)   By Ryan Clark Special to KyForward   Tom Schiff knows a good picture when he sees one. And he saw a lot of great pictures when touring Northern Kentucky University’s campus – so many that he decided his next book would feature photography of NKU architecture.   Schiff, a local photographer who studied at Ohio University and specializes in taking panoramic photos,...

Possible future Miss America to be in FBI? Not Gracie Lou, it’s Katie from Cynthiana

Northern Kentucky University junior Katie Himes will participate in the Miss Kentucky Pageant in July in Lexington at Singletary Center for the Arts. (Photo by Tim Sofranko)   By Ryan Clark Special to KyForward   They call her Miss Congeniality – but I wouldn’t if I were you.   But, as Katie Himes says, the parallels are uncanny.   “You’d be surprised how...

‘Mad Dog’ Greg Maddux, one of the best;
a Hall-of-Famer in baseball and in life

Editor’s note: The Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 announced in January included retired pitching great Greg Maddux. He, along with Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Boby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, will be inducted in July at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Here, former sportswriter Ryan Clark recalls the “unforgettable” time he spent with Maddux.   By Ryan Clark KyForward...

'Mad Dog' Greg Maddux, one of the best; a Hall-of-Famer in baseball and in life

Editor’s note: The Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 announced in January included retired pitching great Greg Maddux. He, along with Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Boby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, will be inducted in July at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Here, former sportswriter Ryan Clark recalls the “unforgettable” time he spent with Maddux.   By Ryan Clark KyForward...

2013 Review: Northern Kentucky section debuts – hopefully setting a future trend

At KyForward, we have to keep running to keep up with ourselves. As we celebrate our third holiday season with you, we are also celebrating terrific growth, deeper coverage, a group of contributors and columnists we consider “family.” We learn something new everyday – and we’re ready to try anything that will make us better able to provide the services our readers need and want. Don’t...

Dirty Talk: Kentuckian Becca Battoe finds ‘Fifty Shades’ of fame in audio book world

Becca Battoe has become a sensation in the audio book world for recording all three ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ books. (Photo from BeccaBattoe.com)   By Ryan Clark KyForward correspondent   Becca Battoe can’t talk right now. No, really – she can’t say anything. Doctor’s orders. She’s got to keep the pipes fresh.   It’ll take about 72 ounces...