Sunday, April 22, 2001

Actor lends voice to Derby event

The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — James Earl Jones has one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood, particularly noted for the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars.

        But on Friday Mr. Jones wasn't in Hollywood. He was in Louisville delivering the keynote address at the Kentucky Derby Festival “They're Off” luncheon at Galt House East.

        Speaking to nearly 2,000 people, Mr. Jones told stories of “Little Jimmy Jones” growing up on a farm in Michigan. He said his childhood hero was science-fiction writer Jules Verne and his favorite book was Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.

        Mr. Jones also told the crowd that he could tell the future and knew who would win the 2001 Kentucky Derby.

        “But I'm not going to tell you. I don't want to spoil the fun,” he said.

        Mr. Jones ended his speech with: “May the horse be with you.”


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