Author: Billy Reed
Foreword by Dave Kindred
Hardcover: 256 pages
6" x 9"
Retail Price: $26.95
In Last of a BReed, award-winning journalist Billy Reed shares a behind-the-scenes look at his career in sports writing, nearly six decades in the making.
One of the most accomplished journalists in Kentucky’s history, Billy thrived during the golden era of sports writing, when the Louisville Courier-Journal published four editions every night before the internet changed the world.
From his first job as Henry Clay High School beat reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader in 1959, Billy covered all the major sporting events — the World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, Triple Crown races, major golf tournaments, and big college football games — and developed personal relationships with the biggest sports personalities — Muhammad Ali, Bob Knight, and Adolph Rupp, to name a few.
Last of a BReed provides a personal reflection on Billy’s life as a self-proclaimed “ink-stained wretch” and a tribute to his mentors and colleagues who helped him along the way. Through the years, Billy’s clever prose helped fuel the passions of spectators, coaches, players, and trainers alike, and this book gives insight into the craft of developing relationships and creating the stories that defined a generation of athletes.
William F. “Billy” Reed, from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, is a national award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist, radio talk show host, public speaker, investigative reporter, communications specialist, and author of 18 books.
He has worked in the media industry for nearly 60 years, including stints as a writer, editor and columnist for Sports Illustrated, Louisville Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader, and the Louisville Catholic Sports Network. He is also known as a radio host, television contributor, and freelance writer, and spent several years as a communications executive for the state of Kentucky.
Billy is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, and has earned dozens of other honors and awards for his career in sports journalism.
“Only a rare group of writers have the ability to construct words in such a way that you feel you were actually at the event live, and in person. Billy Reed has that talent.”
— Kenny Davis, Captain, member of the U.S. National Basketball Team, 1972 Olympics, and All-American at Georgetown College
“Of all the stories in Bill’s book, the ones I like most are those that show how much he bought into Dr. King’s vision that all people deserve to be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
— Derrick Ramsey, member of the University of Kentucky Football Team (1975-1977), former NFL tight end, and Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development
“No one has his pulse on Kentuckiana sports, its history and how it fits in the national landscape like Billy Reed. We are blessed that Reed also is a wordsmith who enables us to share and delight in this unique vantage point.”
—Jennie Rees, Award-winning Turf Writer
Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.