Bill Luster enjoying a visit from his sisters and David Stephenson and me on Saturday. Photo by Jonathan PalmerOn Saturday my friend David Stephenson and I went up to visit with Bill Luster -- a good friend and colleague who recently went through some tribulations after suffering a few strokes. Luster is on the mend now at a rehabilitation center and hopes to return home next week.
When we arrived, he was surrounded by his sisters and one of his nieces and was casually chatting, but when we got there we started revving him up.
Bill takes a call from another photographer checking in on him. Photos by David Stephenson
Bill showing a photo of Derby hopeful Surgical Strike. Photo by David StephensonAs most conversations with Luster, though, our visit hovered around telling stories about other photographers, politics and horses. This year one of the hopefuls for the 143rd Kentucky Derby is a horse named Surgical Strike. That name is particularly funny to Bill and I because when I would go spend the day with him when he was working for the Courier-Journal, we would sometimes go to an assignment and he would tell me, "Palmer this is going to be a surgical strike,"meaning he was going to go in, shoot a few photos, and get out of there. We probably had a lunch date to make, hence the hurried nature of the "strike".
Bill calls a photographer to shame him for not coming to visit, as a joke of course. Photo by Jonathan PalmerIt was nice visiting with Bill and meeting his family. We were sad Linda wasn't there but heard she was out shopping, a activity she definitely deserves with all they've been through.