May 29, 2009
May 28, 2009
The aliens look like the Tar Baby form the "Song of the South" movie and do you think they enlarge the ships after the build them?
Maybe we need to get some adventure pants like Sam has. All your adventure people wear them.
May 27, 2009
Sam is pretty aggressive. No contact just blow them up.
I like the Roswell reference from yesterdays post too. How Sam used technology from the crashed saucers found here on Earth to track these down.
Sam doesn't use computers either he uses "Calculating machines" to predict the saucers path.
We can't think of a world with out computers and they hadn't the foggiest idea what they were.
Things do change in a hurry.
It appears that Mom forgot to put a string in these homemade trunks of his.
I am guessing that it is Chad diving again while we are on vacation in 1977.
The spectator with the afro seems appreciate his diving skills.
What do you do when you want to dive but there is not a diving board and all the warnings signs say "No Diving off the side"? You use the slide. 1978
May 26, 2009
This is entitled "Sam and the Flying Saucer Pirates".
I can not find out much about these except that the View-Master Company, Sawyer's, invented their own character to increase the sale of their reels. Thus the Adventures of Sam Sawyer were born.
This is from 1951.
Here is the booklet that came with it.
May 22, 2009
The drivers and the race are a big draw at the track but they aren't the only draw, there is also the infield.
It is its own world.
The Snake Pit isn't a term I have heard bandied about much in recent years but it used to be on the news as much as the race itself.
All kinds of rowdiness went on here.
People would go to the track and never see a car and go home happy because they had watched all the craziness that had gone on.
The local news always does a story about everything that they find left here after the race. Cars, couches, and t.v.'s. You name it and it is brought here and then left.
raced in the 1972-1976 seasons, with 28 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1972-1975. He finished in the top ten 13 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1972 at Ontario. His 7th place finish at Indy in 1972 earned him the title of Rookie of the Year.
David Hobbs has a vast, 30-year history of international driving experience at all levels of motor sports, including sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA and Formula One. He has participated in the Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1976, including leading two laps at the 1976 Daytona 500 and drove a race in the 1979 International Race of Champions.
He finished 11th in 1973.
Mel Kenyon From Lebanon, Indiana is a former midget car driver. He is known as the "King of the Midgets", "Miraculous Mel", and "Champion of Midget Auto Racing." The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America says "Many consider him to be midget car racing's greatest driver ever."
May 21, 2009
Here is the main reason why. Levi's graduation.
This is Levi and his girlfriend Hope at last night Baccalaureate ceremony.
Graduation is tonight.
Love you son. You can go HERE to read a story he wrote for his last Senior project entitled "My Life".
May 19, 2009
Roy is giving him the old "Evil Eye" while he knocks him out with a open hand punch.
The nephew of Revlon Cosmetics industry magnate Charles Revson, he was an heir to his father Martin's fortune (reportedly worth over $1 billion).
Described as a "free spirit" that passed up an easy life for one of speed and danger. Off the track, he led his life at the same accelerated pace. Revson piloted a 32-foot (9.8 m) ChrisCraft and courted some of the most beautiful women in the world, including fashion model and 1973 Miss World, Marjorie Wallace. He had met Wallace at the Indianapolis 500; she was an Indianapolis native who was referred to as the "Hoosier Hotshot."
In 1971 and became the first American to win the Can-Am Championship. That same season he finished second in the Indianapolis 500 after posting the fastest qualifying time. He competed in the Indy 500 each year from 1969-1973. He won the British Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix in 1973, before moving to Shadow in 1974. He is the last American born driver to win a Formula One race (Mario Andretti, who won in later years, is a naturalized American).
During a practice run for the 1974 South African Grand Prix in Kyalami, he was killed as a result of suspension failure on his Shadow Ford DN3.
Joe Leonard is the "Only Racer in the World" to have won multiple National Championships in both automobile and motorcycle racing back to back. Leonard raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1964-1974 seasons, with 98 career starts, including the 1965-1973 Indianapolis 500, sitting on the pole in 1968 in the Granatelli turbine car. He finished in the top ten 60 times.
He is seen standing with Al Unser in a previous post. Link HERE
May 14, 2009
Cousin Karen says this is Wally Dalenback.
May 13, 2009
In the 1973 Indianapolis 500, Savage was entered in an STP-sponsored Eagle-Offenhauser. He had been the fastest driver for much of practice. On the first day of qualifying, gusting winds slowed Savage from matching his best practice speeds, but he still shattered the track record with a four-lap qualifying average of 196.582 mph (316.368 km/h).
During the race, Savage held the lead from laps 43-55, and then made his first pit stop. He rejoined in second place, closely followed by Al Unser. Savage emerged from his stop with 70 gallons (nearly 500 lb.) of fuel and a new right rear tire. On lap 58 Savage, just ahead of Unser and pushing hard in anticipation of a coming rainstorm, lost control as he exited turn four. His car twitched back and forth, and then slid across to the inside of the track at nearly top speed, hitting the angled inside wall nearly head-on. The force of the impact, with the car carrying a full load of fuel, caused the car to explode in a plume of flame. The engine and transaxle tumbled end-over-end to the pit lane entrance while Savage, still strapped in his seat, was thrown back across the circuit. Savage came to rest adjacent to the outer retaining wall, fully conscious and completely exposed while he lay in a pool of flaming methanol fuel.
A young crew member for Savage's Patrick Racing teammate Graham McRae, Armando Teran, ran out across the pit lane and was struck by a fire truck rushing up pit road (opposite the normal direction of travel) to the crash. Teran was killed instantly.
Swede Savage joked with medical personnel after the wreck, and was expected to live when taken to the hospital and for some time thereafter. However, he died in the hospital thirty-three days after the accident. It is widely reported that Savage died of kidney failure from infection
May 12, 2009
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May 8, 2009
Al is the second of three men to have won the 500 four times, the fourth of five to have won the race in consecutive years, and is the only person to have both a sibling (Bobby) and child (Al Jr.) as fellow winners
Al is the one that looks like Elvis and the other driver is Joe leonard.
I am not sure who the other drivers are in this one.
Does anyone else know?
May 7, 2009
Mario Gabriele Andretti (born February 28, 1940) is a retired Italian-born American automobile racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers to win races in the four major motor racing categories: Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR, the other being Dan Gurney. He also won races in midget cars, sprint cars and drag racing.
To date, he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship.
May 6, 2009
Track opened this week and it rained here today.
These pictures are from 1975.
I told this story about a year ago and posted the last picture in this set then but I recently found these slides and they verify my post from then. So here is the story now with photo support.
You can see the original post HERE.
My brother Brett and I had made a couple of cool necklaces from pull tabs off of aluminum cans we found laying every where and a couple of free Salt Walter buttons. (The buttons were free. Salt Walters was not in jail or anything.)
We were setting on top of a couple of 55 gallon drums outside of the pit exit when some guy on the track side of the fence comes by and says "Cool necklaces fellas."
We say "Thanks" and try to look past him to see the cars on the track.
I am looking past Mr. Garner and Mom is explaining to track officials
why there is damage to their fence.
We don't know what is going on but our Mom is now trying to climb the fence.
She settles down and poses for this picture with a man we do not know.
You can see here that I am twice as cool as Brett.
I have a necklace and a wristband made from pull tabs.
I also have some nice stripped shorts and my mud boots on.
For those of you who think a pull tab is a gambling ticket of some kind it is but not what I am talking about here.
It was what was on Coke cans before they invented tabs that stayed stuck on the can.
These old type would be pulled off of the can and people would throw them on the ground everywhere.
They would slice your feet open when you stepped on them at the beach and in the grass.
The cool thing you could do with them was to loop them together to make nice jewelry.
You can see another example HERE.
I knew "The Rockford Files" was on T.V. but I always turned the channel when I saw it on.
Dad said he was a cowboy on an older show called "Maverick" but we hadn't ever seen that show either.
Years later. After having this slide blown up to an 8x10 and hanging prominently on the wall of our home I know who he is.
He is a guy who appreciates homemade jewelry and is kind enough to pose with a crazy woman.