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Bob Hill Prepares For C-J Retirement

Longtime Courier-Journal columnist Bob Hill is preparing to close the book on afour-decade newspaper career.Hill announced at the end of June he would retire in early August to devote moretime to his southern Indiana gardening operation and other pursuits, and do sometraveling.Speaking on WFPL's "State of Affairs" program Thursday, Hill said he's leavingthe business on good terms."I've had the best job at the Courier-Journal for as long as I can remember. I cancome and go as I please, and I pretty much wrote what I want. Why would aguy leave something like that? Because I have other things i've got to get done.I promised myself all my life I'd write bad novels or poetry or short stories andI do want to find ways to give back to the Louisville community and i'm workingon some things about that," he said.The 65 year old Hill will publish his last column on August 2nd. He'll continue toco-host the "Homegrown" gardening program on WFPL.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.