The Courier Journal ran an extensive profile of me on January 4, 1992. The excellent writer C. Ray Hall followed me for three days. I was worried that I was about to be indicted. What in the world would be that interesting that required three days of observation? The piece turned out to be the most thorough, thoughtful, and accurate piece ever written about me. Mr. Hall told me that it was the longest profile the newspaper had ever done on a media person. These photos were never published but were given to me after the publication was released. Staff photographer Pam Spalding was terrific. She snapped a zillion pictures of my family and me and they were incredibly respectful and touching.
The story of my "rather homely, undeveloped, and uneducated great great grandmother Minnie Katzenberger is posted below. Born in Bavaria in 1867, Minnie went on to marry a Voll, my dad's mother's name. Christina Voll married George Meiners in 1912 and they had 10 children, one of whom was my dad Mel Meiners. So how did the Meiners family name launch in America? My son Simon turned up this research: "The oldest ancestor I can find is Mel’s great-grandfather, Johann Gerhard “George” Meiners (1835-1909). Came on a ship from Germany to New Orleans in 1857. First looked for work in Saint Louis but later settled in Louisville. Married Mel’s great-grandmother Maria Lemke in 1859. After she died of dropsy in 1884, he
My son Simon does research for a living. He turned up the salacious 1884 info about Minnie Katzenberger and her father's unlucky 1904 duel with a rival suitor. Simon sent this intriguing story today. "I found this April 1, 1898 C-J article about a “C. Katzenberger” (not sure if he’s family, but it’s certainly possible). He was known for carrying around a much-coveted mockingbird that sang songs for people. Eventually he traded it to a grocer at Rubel & Breckinridge for a barrel of flour. He told the grocer exactly where to hang the cage. Then one day he returned, stole the bird, and traded it to a blacksmith for two sledgehammers. Cops arrested him for grand larceny. Gotta respect the grift,
Ludwina “Minnie” Katzenberger was my great grandmother on my dad's side. In 1884, a few women tried to pull her into working at a house of ill repute when she was 17 but she “would not permit” when a man tried to “take liberties” with her. The Courier Journal article posted below states that Minnie's father testified against the other women and the men at the prostitution house. It sounds as if he wasn’t exactly sure how old his daughter really was at the time. The reporter described my sweet great grandmother as “rather homely, undeveloped, and uneducated.” Both father and daughter Katzenberger were from Sandberg, Bavaria so that means they moved to America sometime after her birth in
MEET THE MEINERS 🚀 Lou Meiners is the generous, driven, perceptive leader of the 14 Meiners siblings. He was the 1st entrepreneur, 1st CPA, and 1st & only sib to own a jet. Lou added clarity to my claim that he saved my life. ❤️ @840WHAS🎙 https://t.co/VGTdEXWXsM #family pic.twitter.com/0c0YCqtPcu — Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) April 29, 2020 Everyone should be lucky enough to have a big brother who protects, teaches, leads, and smoothes the way for his younger siblings. All of those things happened for the 13 Meiners siblings who were born after Lou Meiners. We couldn't fail because we had a trailblazer clearing the way ahead of us.
Every afternoon at 4:35 on @840WHAS, MEET THE MEINERS. I'm staying in touch with family on the radio. #BBN fanatic Greg Meiners taunts me for loving UofL, talks of spiritual support for neighbors during #COVID19 shutdown, family strength. ❤️ AUDIO https://t.co/kBJdDrHKBg #fam pic.twitter.com/goRlENkhH6 — Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) March 24, 2020 MEET THE MEINERS - My incredible sister Michele Renbarger popped on @840WHAS today to share family tales and for me to brag about her selfless community service. She’s a loving, thoughtful, funny sib, wife, mom, and friend. ❤️ AUDIO https://t.co/VNIBiCRBC7 #familyiseverything pic.twitter.com/tt5FPuPEnd — Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) March 24, 2020 MEET THE MEINERS - My brother Mark popped on @840WHAS to talk quarantine time, getting teens out of bed for online school, a salute to
How much should aunts and uncles dole out to a 2019 college graduate? $100, maybe $200. Best thing to do is ask someone who's about to graduate. When it's your niece, it's a joy to share. Here's my radio chat with Addie Meiners, the next media superstar. What a delight to broadcast from Keeneland Race Course and run into not one - but two! - of my sweet nieces. I held both of these girls just hours after they were born and have loved them dearly their entire lives. Addie Meiners (daughter of my brother Mike) will graduate from the University of Kentucky in May and is already an accomplished sports broadcaster. She's done radio and television shows, and
I am one of 14 children born to Norma & Mel Meiners. Mom delivered 15 babies over a span of nineteen years. Baby Dennis died several weeks after his birth in the mid-50s. That loss of life spun my parents into an emotional freefall. Nonetheless, they went on to accept the blessing of 12 more children. I was the fifth (technically sixth) child born to Norma and Mel and they never stopped loving, encouraging, and leading all of us. Both of them have been gone for over a decade. The one mission that their Catholic faith led them to pursue above all else was the protection of life. My parents marched every year on January 22, my birthday
Thanks to editor Christine Fellingham and TOPS Louisville Magazine for the terrific profile of my family and career. Ms. Fellingham surprised me with a retelling of our first meeting 35 years ago. Family is life. I am abundantly bathed in life and love. Thanks to all who are a part of my incredible journey. Let's have lots more laughs going forward.
Uh... we have 22 horses booked for the @KentuckyDerby's 20 horse limit.