Two tragedies have kept me from the Political Blog the last couple of days, the shocking death of Holiday World co-owner Will Koch on Sunday, and the funeral of Louisville Metro Councilman George Unseld on Tuesday.
The contrasts between the two men are obvious; Unseld was 66 years old, from Louisville's working class Newburg neighborhood, black and had to overcome racial discrimination first in his athletic career, then while working within the system to combat it throughout his professional life. Koch was 48 years old, born and raised in the bucolic and rural Santa Claus, Indiana, white, and partially inherited the family business.
Unseld and Koch shared some important commonalities, however. Each had a tremendous connection and commitment to his respective community. The unassuming, humble nature of both men is a reminder for the rest of us not to let our ego or sense of self-importance surpass our duties to our families and fellow man.
Though I had met both men, I did not know either very well, only through their careers and news accounts. Being assigned to report on both of their deaths, though saddening, was truly a privilege.