My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry Lotz at his unique home in Louisville, Kentucky on a sunny July afternoon in 2008. I returned to his Frankfort Avenue home in April 2011 - a trip compensated by more conversation and generous opportunity for additional photos. Lotz is an enjoyable person that exhibits the attitude of someone that has never met a stranger. Our conversations have covered the gamut - world travels, friends, visitors from around the country, New Orleans, Bob Hope, war memorials, Red Skelton, custom cars, and more. Jerry Lotz possesses a keen sense of humor and also has a deep appreciation for American history and our veterans.
The former iron worker is a fascinating collector of vintage Americana icons. He has been collecting nostalgic pieces of memorabilia and functional art for over sixty years and has been the subject of controversy in his community for several years. A portion of Lotz's world renowned collection of eccentric artifacts is exhibited in creative form on a corner of Frankfort Avenue, nestled behind an artistic wrought iron fence that secures the perimeter. Visitors are welcome to visually browse Lotz's intriguing collection from the sidewalk - an imaginative showcase of historical preservation.
- Mark McKinley [www.mogswebsite.com]
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