The man most people remember locally for being in charge of the Herald-Leader when it broke the Kentucky basketball scandal in 1985, Creed C. Black, passed away Tuesday in Miami. His obituary in the New York Times is worth a read, especially for young Wildcat fans that don’t remember the saga of the mid-80s. In it, there are quotes from the Harlan native regarding the type of feedback he got from the community after giving the green light to his staff to run with the story.
“We had bomb threats, had to evacuate the building once or twice, had to put security on my home for a time. A few people canceled. One of the first was a man in the mailroom who saw the papers coming off the presses and canceled his free subscription.”
And with that cancellation, a legacy that hangs on more prominently than the actual details of the story was launched. The angry threats of Kentucky fans to cancel their newspaper subscriptions or boycott websites over articles that aren’t to their liking has become the rallying cry of a select group of message board warriors who still proudly flex their muscles today. And you can thank Creed C. Black and the guy in the mailroom for that.
Creed C. Black was 86 years old.