1. Scott Ritcher appeared
as a newspaper photographer in the Oscar-nominated film The
Insider, which was filmed in Louisville.
2. His last name, Ritcher, rhymes
3. At age 16, Scott got his first job at Ehrler's
Dairy at the Mall in St. Matthews. Although a big fan of ice
cream, Scott was more interested in music, so he soon moved down
the hall to a new job at Mother's Records.
4. Scott told the story of an important
moment in his life on an episode of public radio's This
American Life in 1999.
5. In 1995 and 1996, Scott made
documentary film about the Louisville Collegiate School
field hockey program.
6. Scott's heroes are singer Johnny
Cash, Senator Bobby Kennedy, daredevil Evel Knievel, pianist
Jerry Lee Lewis, and Louisville-native boxing legend Muhammad
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Born in the
Highlands in 1969, he comes from a family of native Louisvillians.
His parents, Mary and Allan, were born here, as were his older
brother, Mark, and younger sister, Greta.
most of his class, he graduated from Trinity High School in 1987
at age 17. By then, his interest in music had already led him
to start a band and independent record label with some of
his friends. They released a cassette tape of their band and
named their label Slamdek, an acronym of their combined initials.
As his friends
moved away to college, Scott decided to stay in Louisville. He
worked with musicians and artists to build the Slamdek
Record Company into what was, at the time, the city's most
successful and prolific record label. Over the next decade, Scott
assisted many notable independent rock bands, including Rodan,
Endpoint, Jawbox, Crain, and Kinghorse, with some of their earliest
recordings. He also led two of his own groups, Sunspring and
both of which released records on his label.
In 1990, Scott
visited one of Mayor
Jerry Abramson's Mayor's
Night In events to discuss the needs of the local youth and
music communities with the mayor. The mayor's team soon tapped
Scott to work in publicizing the city's Youth Outreach program.
He began meeting regularly with city officials to brainstorm ideas
for further engaging the city's creative youth.
The mayor wrote in a letter to Scott, "Your image as an
involved, enthusiastic youth will provide an example for young
people all over the City of Louisville. It is exciting to see spirited
young citizens like you wanting to take a part in the action of
began a dialogue between city government and musicians (both
on Scott's label and otherwise) that eventually resulted in city-sponsored
shows and laid the groundwork for the Louisville
Music Industry Alliance. LMIA began as a trade group and division
of the Louisville-Jefferson County Office for Economic Development,
and Scott was one of its earliest members.
work with city government, Scott was caught off guard one afternoon
when he saw Ross Perot being interviewed on the Donahue television
show. This interview sparked something and Scott became increasingly
interested in the idea of ordinary, passionate people making
a difference in the political process.
to close down the Slamdek Record Company in 1994, Scott contributed
to the rise of several other labels with Louisville connections
and continued to help document and distribute the city's music.
He wrote a book recounting the history of the label and its bands
that was released on May 25, 1996, a day Mayor Abramson declared
Scott Ritcher Day in Louisville.
Campaign for Louisville Mayor
In 1998, eight
years after seeing Ross Perot on television for the first time,
Scott Ritcher decided to get involved in politics. He sought
and received the endorsement of Perot's political movement and
became the Reform Party's nominee in the campaign for Louisville
mayor. Despite raising and spending only $1000, he didn't finish
last and endeared himself to voters and the media. At age 28,
this campaign got his political feet wet and garnered national
attention from CNN and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
after the election, mayor-elect David Armstrong commended Scott,
whom he had faced in debates, and offered him an opportunity
in his new administration. Ritcher already had plans to travel
the US and Europe with his band and had to regretfully decline
the offer because he couldn't give it the attention it deserved.
Writer, graphic designer, publisher
Now, ten years
later, 38-year-old Scott Ritcher is a writer and graphic designer.
He has been a staff member of The Courier-Journal and a contributor
to Louisville Magazine, Velocity Weekly, LEO, and public radio's This
American Life. He operates several
web sites including the Louisville history timeline at www.Louisville.cc and
site that has enjoyed press coverage from USA Today, The Guardian,
Not least, Scott is the publisher of K
Composite Magazine, a publication
that features interviews with ordinary people. K Composite has
been critcally acclaimed by NPR, Rolling Stone, and Harper's.
way of his music, publishing, and political efforts, Scott has
appeared on the cover of Velocity Weekly, The Courier-Journal's
Scene and Features sections, and The Chicago Tribune's Style section. He has been a returning guest on Terry
Meiners' radio program and has been interviewed on television
stations WHAS, WLKY, and WAVE. He has also been the subject of
feature stories in LEO Weekly and Punk Planet.
Time to stand up
In 2007, spurred
by what he saw as an inability – or unwillingness – of
state government to meet the needs of Kentuckians, Scott Ritcher
decided to run to represent his district in the state senate.
it reprehensible that there are people in Kentucky still living
with many of the same problems as when he was a child. The problems
that bother him the most are that some Kentuckians are without
sufficient food, shelter, or medical care. He is disgusted by
the influence of big money in politics and the stranglehold that
lobbyists have on our government.
Scott shares the frustration
millions of others have with our complex tax system and the increasingly
blurred lines between church and state. He thinks you should
be able to vote at the nearest poll on election day and not have
to travel to your home precinct. Scott Ritcher believes that
there are dozens of issues that could be made simpler
and fairer, and thereby help more people achieve their goals.
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