As a proud Kentucky native, I look forward to the Kentucky Derby every year. The hats, the pageantry, the mint juleps, the horses – it’s all just an incredible spectacle for the best 2:30 (approx.) seconds in sports. For your information Secretariat ran it in less than 2 minutes and that record has never been broken. This year, the Louisville Airport unveiled its newly renovated space with EVERYTHING you think of when you think Kentucky including:
The original celebrity chef himself Colonel Sanders
And finally Bourbon (I’m not sure what the book is all about….)
As a point of interest, Jack Daniels is not technically Bourbon, its made in Tennessee. “Bourbon needs to be produced in America and made from 51 percent corn, and whisky does not,” says Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Greg Davis. Bourbon also needs to be stored in new charred-oak barrels, whereas whiskey barrels do need to be oak but not new or charred. “Lastly, to be called bourbon, the liquid needs to be distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into the barrel at 125.” For other whiskies the liquid must be distilled to no more than 190 proof. David notes that this isn’t just common practice — “it’s actual bourbon law.”
Now that you’ve had your bourbon lesson, now you are wondering what this has to do with audio visual or digital signage? Well they have installed some beautiful looking LED displays that replaced a hideous burned out bunch of Pioneer plasmas (sorry Pioneer I loved you very much). And oh yes, Muhammed Ali is from Kentucky.
However, leering in the shadows of the exit to the main terminal past security is a long forgotten video wall that is in dire need of calibration, new panels or something. I’m not a technical person so I would love for someone to propose a solution because it drives me CRAZY every time I go to visit my mother.
After a multi-million dollar renovation, why would they leave this eye sore, especially since they are getting ad revenue? Would someone please go pitch them a new video wall? Here’s a blog from our own John Wills about video wall refresh projects.
Tune into the Derby the first Saturday in May! I will be watching at home in my fancy hat and mint julep in hand -with real bourbon of course!