Our History

From 1970 through 1984, Dick Gilbert was the "Traffic Tracker" for WHAS Radio (840 AM) in Louisville, Kentucky. He provided daily traffic reports to the community, and became a local celebrity...especially after his live, airborne reports during the devastating 1974 tornado. The broadcast of his eyewitness account of the tornado's destruction garnered national recognition, including a commendation from the President of the United States.

After his retirement in 1984, Dick Gilbert spent time traveling across the United States, and boating on the Ohio River. During this time he also drafted his colorful autobiography, "Just My Luck," which his daughter published posthumously in April of 2001. In 1999, he was diagnosed with cancer, and passed away on September 7th of that year. For information on obtaining a copy of Dick Gilbert's autobiography, please click the 'Book Information' link.

Upon the settlement of his estate, an endowment was created to fund a perpetual philanthropic organization (a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit corporation) to be known as "The Gilbert Foundation." The year 2002 represented the first full year of grant-making activities for The Gilbert Foundation, which has since distributed over $100,000 in grants to qualifying organizations in the Louisville area.

If you would like to learn more about The Gilbert Foundation, please e-mail us. The e-mail address is: