Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has proclaimed that tomorrow is “Joel Pett Day”. The announcement was during a fund-raiser and opening reception of an exhibit of Joel Pett’s 30 years at the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Pett said “the only other time a politician tried to give me something was when I won the Pulitzer in 2000 and (then state senator, now Fayette Circuit Judge) Ernesto Scorsone introduced a bill” in the Senate to commemorate the honor, “and it got killed.” A similar resolution passed the state House 84-4.
Pett was a bit flummoxed by having a day named for him. “What does that mean?” he said. “Do we get free drinks?”