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Colorful Career and 'Celebrity Tales' of John Hamilton '72 Featured in Lexington Herald-Leader

September 18, 2006

John Hamilton.jpgSeptember 18, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - "A Louisville native, (John Y.) Hamilton was fresh out of DePauw University in 1972 when he returned home and talked his way into a straight-commission job selling season tickets for the Kentucky Colonels," notes a column in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Headlined "The one man fame always finds: Lexingtonian Hamilton a treasure trove of celebrity tales," the piece recounts the 1972 horse.jpgDePauw graduate's colorful career and his interactions with a laundry list of celebrities, including Adolph Rupp, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, and horse trainer Michael Matz.

John Hamilton now works in sales for Three Chimneys horse farm in Midway, Kentucky. Mark Story writes, "His primary responsibility is coaxing the owners of appealing female thoroughbreds to pay for their mares to have sex with Three Chimneys' impressive roster of boy horses. 'Basically, I'm Smarty Jones' pimp,' jokes Hamilton. In a prior life, a 20-something Hamilton was the publicity director in the mid-1970s for the Kentucky Colonels at the end of the Louisville pro basketball team's existence in the wild, wooly American Basketball Association."

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