Wednesday, January 5


We're sorry to share the news of the passing of Bill Tinker, one of the subjects of our Louisville Barroom Culture oral history project, whom we lost on December 4 at the age of seventy-three. Tinker was a fifty-year patron of Check's Cafe in Louisville's Germantown neighborhood, the neighborhood he called home for seven decades. In his later years, Tinker became a walking encyclopedia of neighborhood history. He organized the Schnitzelburg Walk, which is an annual night of progressive tavern hopping in the Schnitzelburg part of Germantown. In 2007, he was recognized as Schnitzelburg's Number One Citizen.

For those of you who joined us on our 2008 field trip to Louisville, you'll remember Tinker and his friends from Check's who led us on an abbreviated version of the Schnitzelburg Walk. You'll also remember Billy Reynolds, a bartender at Check's and one of Tinker's best friends, who also joined us that night. Watch the audio slideshow above to hear both men talk about their time at Check's Cafe.

The Louisville Courier-Journal printed a wonderful tribute to Bill Tinker after his passing, which you can read here.