Do you ever find yourself thinking about someone you hadn’t heard from in a while? Maybe you wonder about what they’re doing now, where they live or if they’re happy. We felt that exact same way about these well-known and well-loved Northern Kentuckians. We reached out to our readers through Facebook to find out who they wanted to catch up with and we the editors picked four. We hope you enjoy catching up with our choices as much as we did. Is there someone else you’d like us to check in on? Contact us at cminard@cincymagazine.com to tell us your thoughts.



Heather French Henry
Miss America 2000

Heather French Henry grew up in the Augusta-Maysville area, the daughter of a disabled Vietnam veteran who experienced close up the horrors of war brought home. “I will always be the daughter of a veteran,” she says, “and therefore I will always honor those who fell by continuing to serve those who live.”

As the first Kentuckian to be named Miss America (2000), Henry embraced veterans issues as her cause, traveling over 300,000 miles across the U.S. on a speaking tour entitled, “Our Forgotten Heroes: Honoring Our Nation’s Homeless Veterans.” After her year of service, she continued to advocate for veterans and to change the face of veterans’ health care and outreach. She founded the Heather French Foundation for Veterans and pledged to educate Americans about the sacrifices made by those who served the nation.

She now lives in Louisville with husband Steve Henry, an orthopedic surgeon who served a term as Kentucky’s Lt. Governor, and their two daughters.

And, since 2014, she has been Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs, still advancing the well-being of veterans.

Under her leadership, Kentucky’s 33,000 women veterans are being recognized as well. A statewide Year of the Woman Veteran conference will took place in Louisville in April 11.

“Kentucky’s women veterans, like all our veterans, are a huge potential asset not just to the Commonwealth as a whole, but to each community in which they live and work,” Commissioner Henry says. “In 2015 the Year of the Woman Veteran, we will make sure that potential is neither wasted nor overlooked.” 
Her efforts have been recognized by Veterans Service Organizations nationwide with the Americanism Award - VFW, the Martha Washington Spirit Award-The Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Patriot Award - USA Cares, to name a few.

– Judy Clabes




Geoff Davis
Former Fourth District Representative in the House of Representatives

Former Fourth District Rep. Geoff Davis of Hebron doesn’t regret for a moment his decision to resign in 2012 due to a family health crisis.

“For everything there is a season, and that includes public service,” says Davis, who spent eight years in Congress.

“I have enjoyed spending a lot more time with my wife and kids,” he says. Davis, 56, and his wife, Pat, have been married 32 years and have three grown children and three in high school.

“It has been wonderful to simply be around,” says Davis who typically worked 14-to-16-hour days in Congress.

“I cherish many conversations and discussions that would not have happened had I been away,” says Davis, who grew up in a single-parent home and didn’t meet his own father until after graduating from West Point.

He has restarted a management and public affairs consulting business that he operated before being elected to Congress.

“I still see my close friends regularly,” says Davis, a Republican. “I am often asked by many of my former colleagues and some new members for advice and counsel on a number of topics, mostly related to national security.”

In addition to activities at his church, he also helps coach the junior varsity Northern Kentucky Warriors lacrosse team, for which his sons play.

“I wanted to do anything I could to assist the outstanding men who are teaching and mentoring the boys on our team,” he says. “And I wanted to be there with my sons to share the experience. Never having a dad around when I was young, I wanted them to know that I was there.”

Davis says he won’t consider another run for political office while his children are in high school.

“After that, if Pat and I feel the same passion we did while serving, you never know what may happen.”

– Mike Boyer




Steve Cauthen
1978 Triple Crown winner, “The Kid”

About this season nearly 40 years ago, a slender teenager from Walton was getting ready to mount his first ride at Churchill Downs. On that May 12, 1976, Steve Cauthen and his horse, King of Swat, came in last. Less than a week later, “The Kid,” rode his first winner, Red Pipe, at River Downs, setting the stage for an unprecedented career.

Oldest of three sons of farrier and trainer Ronald “Tex” Cauthen and his wife, Myra, Steve rode to fame, becoming the youngest jockey ever to win the Triple Crown. He and the great Affirmed prevailed over archrival Alydar in three dramatic victories in 1978 that landed Steve on the cover of Sports Illustrated as Sportsman of the Year. In only his second season of riding, “The Kid,” became the first jockey to win $6 million in a single season, went on to enjoy an international racing career, won nearly 2,800 races and every possible jockey champion accolade.

He is the last jockey to have won the Triple Crown.

In 1984, he received the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, which honors a rider whose career and personal conduct exemplifies the very best example of participants in racing. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1994.

The Cauthens have racing in their blood. Today Steve, Doug and Kerry are all notables in racing circles in Kentucky, and Steve is now at his farm, Dreamfields Farm, in Verona, undoubtedly aiming to breed the next Triple Crown winner.

He is quoted in Derby Legends as saying, “It’s been said racing encompasses hours of agony and moments of glory. But moments like the 1978 Triple Crown inspire the pursuit of greatness.”

– Judy Clabes


   
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Carl Leming
Fiddler Player in the Barnyard Banties

Four things that stand out when meeting Carl Leming are his love for his wife Buzzy, music, flying and Jesse Stuart.

Born in Folsom, a rural town in Grant County, on Jan. 24, 1923, Carl Leming began playing the fiddle at an early age.

At 10 years old, he formed the Barnyard Banties with his younger brother John and two neighborhood boys. The group, sporting felt rooster comb hats, entered a band contest at the Liberty Theatre in Covington in 1933. The Barnyard Banties “tore the house down” and were even featured on ‘30s WCKY radio.

“We were four boys hardly big enough to carry our instruments back and forth,” he says. “We did appeal.”

After winning two contests in a row, the Barnyard Banties were barred from participating, but Carl continued to learn about playing the fiddle by playing in numerous bands, like The Nu Dixies, with numerous band mates, including his wife, Maybelle “Buzzy” Leming.

Carl did have another interest growing up: flying airplanes.

In March 1942, he was sworn into the U.S. Army Air Corps, training to be a fighter pilot after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After graduating in February 1943 and assignments at different posts, Carl was stationed in San Marcos, where he met Buzzy on a blind date. By Nov. 4, 1944, Carl and Buzzy were married.

Soon after the war ended, Delta Airlines hired Carl and moved the family to Georgia. Carl retired after 32 years with the airline company.

Carl and Buzzy made Kentucky their home once again in 1988, and in 1995 became involved with the Jesse Stuart Foundation as board members after Carl had a heart attack in 1992. He’s played fiddle at some of the foundation’s events.

– Alyssa Reck