Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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September 18, 2013

Carter stats guru retires

Gemeinhart hangs up headset after 43 years

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Sept. 18, 2013 — Gemeinhart has stored plenty of stories in the memory bank, including almost getting arrested after a comical telephone line mishap in northern Kentucky, being cussed out by an official, interesting driving experiences and broadcasting from hillsides before there were press boxes.

One East Carter-West Carter football game, in particular, stands out for infamous reasons. The rivals stirred up two different brawls, and with 8:33 left in the fourth quarter — Gemeinhart recollects the precise time — the game resulted in a 42-0 East Carter win with police on the field.

Nash, Carper and Gemeinhart are all ministers also involved in missions, helping enhance their chemistry both on and off the air.

Gemeinhart never said too much, but Nash could always sense when his partner wanted to chime in.

“He was too busy doing stats to do a whole lot of color, but if I saw a certain look on his face, I knew to turn on his mic,” Nash said.

Even though he didn’t hit the 45-year mark, Gemeinhart is at peace with turning off his mic for good.

He can spend more time with his wife, Ruth. They have been married for 62 years.

“During basketball season, Tim and I might be out four nights a week," he said. "Every time I would get home on those nights, my wife would have coffee and pie ready for me.”

One of the couple’s favorite hobbies is piecing together large-count puzzles.

“We spent $2 for 31 puzzles at the Route 60 yard sale,” Gemeinhart said with a laugh. “That should get us through the winter.”

WUGO and WGOH had a weeklong tribute to Gemeinhart in August. Former coaches and fellow radio personalities shared their thoughts on Gemeinhart.

“They would say, ‘We’ll miss him,’” Gemeinhart said. “Somebody heard that and thought I had died! This person called one of the members of the church and said, ‘Did you hear that Tom died?’”

But Gemeinhart is alive and well, and the tally is still running.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

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