Keeneland Magazine

NO4 2013

Keeneland, Investing in Racing's Future since 1936.

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His talent and aptitude caught Ryder's attention. "He was so careful, skillful with his hands, and wildly intelligent," Ryder said. "And he understood the reasons why we were doing this and had respect for the artifacts. He is a real Renaissance person." Though Brooks originally had started out on an engineering trajectory, his love of learning led him eventually to change tack to something he felt gave him more freedom. "I enjoyed problem solving, but it began to feel rote and like memorization, so I switched to humanities-based coursework," he said. After he graduated with a double major — math and English — from the UK Gaines Center for the Humanities, he was unsure of his next step. In the meantime, he went to work for Lexington chef and restaurateur Ouita Michel and did printing and binding jobs on the side. "I learned as much as I did in college," Brooks said. "I learned about running my own small business and about interpersonal communica- 26 KEENELAND WINTER 2013 Clockwise from left, tools of the trade, a damaged book about to undergo Brooks' ministrations, a historic horse book that has been repaired

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