A local-boy-makes good story—about a young man whose parents, Pete and Nancy Blackmore, were pillars of the Northern Kentucky community when Pete ran the Levi Strauss operation in Hebron. And Nancy was everywhere!
The Blackmores now live in Florida, but the kid who went to Ryle High School and then to NKU and Gateway has ended up as a hair stylist to the famous in his studio in New York City.
Jordan Blackmore, a former Kentucky State Wrestling Champion, owns Three Squares Studio. His chic hairstyles have graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle Magazine. His clients include Marc Jacobs.
His business partner is also from Ryle, long-time friend Niq Ellis.
Blackmore is embarking on a new enterprise—a new line of hair care called S.Oil.
“I say “Wow” all the time, because this really is fun,” he says. “And the older you get, you realize, I only get one shot at this.”
He is clearly taking his best shot!
A Kentucky Wedding
And speaking of Kentucky-connected natives who made good, have you heard the news about Pamela Ashley Brown, famous for being born in our governor’s mansion to John Y. Brown and former Miss America Phyllis George Brown?
She’s all grown up now and is a big success as a CNN justice correspondent in D.C. She earned her stripes doing hard news out of the University of North Carolina journalism school, determined to work hard and make her way as a journalist. Her work at a Washington D.C. TV station caught CNN’s eye—and she has covered major news stories around the world. Seeing her on the screen, you can’t help but see her famous mom as well.
She met “Mr. Right”—Adam Wright, that is—on a blind date, thanks to a friend. He was working in California and she was in D.C. She got an engagement ring in September and is planning a good ol’ Kentucky home wedding in June.
It will be at the Lexington home where she grew up—Cave Hill—and will be all-Kentucky. Pamela has dad searching out local ice cream vendors (Crank and Boom) and mom handling details, along with a bevy of planners, caterers and musicians. Kentucky bluegrass, a bugler, traditional Kentucky fare and, of course, bourbon.
“I want my guests to have a true Kentucky experience,” she says.
Even older brother Lincoln has a role—as officiant. “I just hope he can hold it together up there,” she says.
Happy Kentucky wedding, Pamela, and may your fairy-tale journey continue on a happy path.
An NKY Pioneer
A final and sad note about a life well lived.
David Herriman died at age 85, after suffering complications from a fall. He was a Covington pioneer in the truest sense and an erudite traveller, arts connoisseur and philanthropist as well.
From Indianapolis, he embraced Covington as his own. He worked in the family’s aggregates business and was a B-52 pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He became president of Covington Trust Bank and founded Covington Urban Redevelopment Effort (CURE). In the early ‘80s, he built the Riverside condominiums and terrace—luxury condos that turned eyes to Covington in a different way.
“David Herriman brought dynamic energy to everything he did upon his arrival in our community,” says Mer Grayson. “From his years as president of Covington Trust Bank, to the development of Covington’s riverfront, Covington Urban Redevelopment Effort (CURE) to his leadership of the arts especially the Playhouse.
“In later years his high profile support of social issues affecting the gay and lesbian community was impactful, before it enjoyed the wide spread support that we see today.
“He was a pioneer in most everything he did. He will be missed.”
Another long-time friend, Mike Mangeot, says, “Like Ralph Haile and Mer Grayson, David Herriman had Covington in his heart. As a banker with vision, he knew that Covington’s location was one of its greatest assets. He also knew that because of its location just a bridge across from Cincinnati that the city would overcome the growth of the suburbs, the miscues of its politicians, and return to its place as the heart of Kenton County. We are seeing that now and I am happy he lived long enough to see it beginning.”
He is best known, perhaps, for his love and support of the arts. But Covington is richer in many ways for his can-do, will-do attitude and his devotion for making a difference.
David Herriman definitely left a mark.