Local authors and business professionals give the region lots of reasons to be proud

A Family of Writers

Father-daughter team and authors Rob Hudson and Lauren Hudson continue to attract national attention—and awards—for their book, Our Best Tomorrow: Students Teaching Capitalism to America, about opportunity through capitalism. Rob is a partner in the law firm Frost Brown Todd and a frequent speaker on business and legal topics. His first book was A Better Tomorrow: Fighting for Capitalism and Jobs in the Heartland.

Lauren wrote the fictional portions during the summer between seventh and eighth grade at Turkey Foot Middle School. Her grandfather designed the illustrations inside. It quickly became an Amazon No. 1 hit and has steadily picked up accolades.

Lauren’s first exposure to business and media came at the Northern Kentucky Chamber where she starred in a series of videos as the CEO of a business called The Lemonade Stand. Today, she’s making appearances—sometimes with dad—on the Stossel Show, Fox & Friends, Money with Melissa Francis, Varney & Company, The Roger Hedgecock Show and Steve Deace’s nationally syndicated radio show. The website Liberty Beacon presented an hour-long webcast with the authors.

In demand as speakers, the duo makes three types of presentations: their journey together as a father-daughter writing team, free market principles youth should learn that can unify the country, and why youth should embrace free markets as a path to success.

Successful Writing

Speaking of authors, attorney Kevin Murphy’s book, Surviving Cancer after Surviving Cancer, a very personal story about his wife’s cancer—she survived but the marriage didn’t—is also racking up awards and drawing international attention. The book has won an International Book Award, was a Mom’s Choice Award Gold Honoree, a finalist for several Indie Book Awards, a USA NewsBest Book Award finalist in the topic of health and cancer, and more. Kevin is also on the speaking circuit and is headed back to Ireland for his second big speaking engagement (The Irish Timesgave the book a favorable review.).

He’s been invited to the Stowe Weekend of Hope in Vermont for a special presentation on the “emotional side of cancer.” Dr. Bernie Siegel wrote the introduction to Kevin’s extremely touching and impactful book. (And yours truly happily wrote an endorsement.)

The book is available at Amazon and local bookstores.

Leaving in Style

Steve Stevens resigned as president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber after eight years and while a national search is conducted for his successor, local businessman Brent Cooper, a former board chair, is serving as interim president. Cooper, president of C-Forward, Inc. in Covington, is known for his community involvement—and for his quirky sense of humor.

So it’s no surprise that at the big send-off celebrating Steve’s long and productive service for the Chamber, Brent was responsible for the humorous touch that will make the event memorable for a long time to come.

He showed up in “Steve hair”—and it really looked, well, different on him.

A Unique Honor

The Behringer-Crawford Museum’s famous Two-Headed Calf Awards, named for one of the museum’s most notorious artifacts, were presented to three very deserving honorees recently: my former colleague at The Kentucky Post, Jim Reis, who wrote knowledgeably for so many years about Northern Kentucky history in his Pieces of the Past column (which we published in four books);Rick Hulefeld, founder and executive director of Children Inc., Kentucky’s largest private nonprofit provider of early childhood education services; and Ralph Drees, nationally recognized homebuilder, philanthropist, and former Kenton County Judge Executive.

The “Two-Headed Calf” is another story altogether. It’s a well-known “freak animal” that is part of a display about the history of the museum. It’s a calf with two heads, like conjoined twins, that is part of the natural history curiosities collected by the late William Behringer. It is definitely a unique part of the museum’s brand, and the award’s name makes the honor even more distinctive.