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The River: Yes, there were once mouth-watering perks on riverboat casino; then, Vienna sausages

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune (The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders is sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life.) “Bet you ate well on Thanksgiving aboard those gamlin’ boats,” was a statement often repeated by curious onlookers concerning the groceries served in the EDR (Employee Dining Room)...

The River: Memories still keen from half a century ago, as cruise season 1971 ‘ends on high note’

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune (The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders is sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life.) Half a century ago this week, on Monday 22 November 1971, Captain Ernest E. Wagner resumed the DELTA QUEEN from his relief, Captain Harry Louden. Though worlds apart in their physical...

The River: Fifty years ago this week, the DELTA QUEEN departs New Orleans; come along for the trip

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune (The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders is sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life.) Fifty years ago this week, Tuesday, November 16, 1971, the DELTA QUEEN, under Captain Harry Louden, Master, departed Poydras Street Wharf, New Orleans, at fifteen minutes past noon. Piloting...

The River: Last river journey for regal Delta Queen: ‘Tied off at Galvez Wharf. End of the Line. Amen.’

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune (The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders is sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life.) No sooner had the last passenger scrambled from a taxi and across the swinging stage resting on the ancient cobblestone grade at St. Louis, the DELTA QUEEN lay primed and anxious for departure. The...

The River: Recalling the good times and great storytelling of iconic pilot Captain Albert Kelley

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune (The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders is sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life.) Although I may have said it before, boat people are often surprised to hear from onshore relatives of a crewmate they worked with on the water. So again this week, I was amazed when Louisville...

The River: Agreeable October prompts memories of ‘Licking River Ramble’ and Fredericks Landing

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune (The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders is sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life.) October’s always been my favorite month since I came into the world on an October Saturday eight decades ago. So far, this autumn month has exceeded expectations for agreeable weather...

The River: Catching up and reporting on sad loss of Cappy Bobby Lischkge, travails of paddlewheelers

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune (The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders is sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life.) For more than a month I’ve been absent from this column and the computer, in general, except for an occasion perusing within social media looking for whatever’s been happening...

The River: A young boy finds adventure (and life lessons) and meets some characters along the way

(The Captain is taking a bit of a break but is “itching” to get back to his writing. It’ll be soon. Meantime, we are sharing his earliest columns for those who haven’t yet read them. This column first appeared in January, 2018) By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune (The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association...

DeVou Good Foundation invests in reopening the Purple People Bridge — to both sides of the river

On May 11, the pedestrian-only Purple People Bridge was closed after a large stone came loose from the first pier on the Cincinnati side and fell into the Ohio River, shutting down a vital link for both sides. The Devou Good Foundation, dedicated to active transportation, community vibrancy, and equity, took the lead working with Cincinnati, Newport, and the Newport Southbank Bridge Company to facilitate...

The River: Stern paddlewheeler houseboats were all the rage — and oh what fun there was to be had

While our good Captain is taking a bit of a break, we are sharing the origins of his storytelling — the first of his columns that started his continuing stories of his relationship with The River. This fourth column appeared in December, 2017. The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery...

The River: As a young boy, loving sights, smells and sounds of the river and learning lessons for a lifetime

(The Captain is taking a bit of a break and will be back to his storytelling soon. Meantime we are sharing his earliest The River columns (from 2017) for those who may have missed them — and for those who want to share the memories again.) By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Walter Hoffmeier’s houseboat, the PAL-O-MINE, appeared nothing like the mass-produced, molded fiberglass look-alikes...

The River: 1952 started badly but ended up being the year a young boy really connected with the river

(Editor’s note: The Captain is taking a bit of a break and will be back soon. So we are sharing the beginnings of his tales of The River. This column was his second, in December, 2017.) (The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life.) 
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The River: Where to start? With great storytelling and an “in the beginning’ — for a great way of life

(Editor’s note: Captain Don needed a bit of a break to take care of some personal business — and he’ll be back soon. We thought it might be a good time to celebrate a great storytelling tradition that started on Dec. 10, 2017 with a question that won’t surprise his readers: Where do I start? Beware: Great storytelling follows.) This is his very first column. (The riverboat...

The River: Reeling from news of Hurricane Ida playing havoc with riverboats, worried about friends

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Although I don’t know how you’re feeling, I’m still reeling after following the news of Hurricane Ida mauling the Gulf Coast this...

The River: Turning to an old-fashioned journal in the footlocker to spur some rich memories

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune With the recent loss of my young steamboat buddy, Madison Berry, I have no confidants “in the know” within the fluvial community...