Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Another Bettenhausen Bites the Dust...



Perusing my daily Newspaper sources; Yep! I'm 'Ol School, albeit I have mine read via my NFB Newsline For the Blind telephone service... Thus, I was caught off guard Monday morning; Err afternoon when learning via the Minneapolis Star of the totally unexpected death of Gary Bettenhausen, who died suddenly at the age of 72.

And I know it's a tad bit maudlin, but, I find it weird that I've now got the autograph of a dead  person in my mushrooming collection of racing driver's "John Hancock's." As although I didn't personally meet him 'Wayback in 'Twenty-eleven, nevertheless I did S-E-E him as he was totally outgoing and polite enough to sign my program after that year's World's Largest Autograph session had ended at Mother Speedway. (IMS) As my personal escort 'CARPETS said; do you want Gary Bettenhausen's autograph?


Thus I just stood there watching Dave; Dave's NOT Here; Hya! ('CARPETS) mosey over to Gary who was more than willing to stop on his way out of the festivities and sign my program cheerfully, as this has to be one of the hardest hit Open Wheel Racing families I know of...


And I'm sure it came as a shock to 'R, aka Robin Miller who Gary was part of his weekly Rat Pack luncheon crew, as Miller's obituary shows us a brief glimpse at the human side of what made Gary his own man instead of just another of the multitudes of cookie-cutter Sponsors R-US corporate Pitchman of today's racing elite...

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