The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 29, 1973 · Page 6
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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 197J . PAGE 6 THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR Wet, Wild Infield 'Horde' Waited And Watched I - By JEFF DEVENS j There were more than one h harbinger of the absurd, the bizarre and the crazy before I the start of yesterday's would-; be 500-Mile Race. r g Walking in the rain along ? the wire fence that separates too the "THEM" close to YOUNG COUPLE SNOOZES IN "SNAKEPIT" BETWEEN SHOWERS First Turn Filled With Fans Living In "Woodstock" Environment A DISEMBODIED voice comes through one of the many loudspeakers that ring the infield: "I've got windshield wipers on my glasses." The Voice reverberates, echoes off the Horde. There's a line from a rock song that goes, "Everybody's in show biz; everybody's a star." It's especially applicable to the Horde. The infield people scream answers to questions not asked, demand that you take their pictures or simply pose and wait. There was a lot waiting yesterday. . . DOOM. Beneath an American flag someone has attached . a small, black-and-white pennant depicting a skull-and-crossbones. Frenzy. Makeshift tents are the order of the rainy day. Each glimpse of sunlight DAMP PURDUE UNIVERSITY BANDSMAN DRIES OUT ON PIT WALL Band Members Made Music Despite Rain Showers from getting the Eriee of pavea raceway ur ui wen y UWI1 iliadltU) , Ul Will UHC U 'rouch aware of the ominous, 'bulging gray that is the V threatening skyline above the stands on the southwest turn. "THEY" are, of course, ihat unbelievable, unmanage-able and unaccountable Horde of humanity in the infield Jhat swells tie crowd count to "at least 300,000 every year. The Horde had its day. At least it had morning of watch ing and waiting and getting wet. brings a roar. The morning's first downfall ends about 10:20 a.m., and the Voice opines: "Things are looking better all the time." Absurd. Trash cans marked "Pitch In" are overturned. The stream that flows under the track is becoming an open sewer where it meets the southwest turn. A disheveled teen-aged girl strolls drunkenly past a pair of tennis shoes tied to the fence. She giggles and calls out for more beer the liquid common denominator of the Horde. NEAR THE southeast turn, people are walking over their cars, perching atop the bigger vehicles in an attempt to see more of whatever it is they're looking for or at. Drink, drink, drink. More beer cans, wine bottles and scraps of food are piling up. Eat, eat, eat. It will take a manpower miracle to clean the place before the restart of the race ... the Immaculate Consumption! Bizarre. Is this a detention center? The Horde pushes against the fence while a helicopter flies overhead. ALONG THE back stretch, wreckers and safety trucks zoom by in an effort to has- (Star Photoi By Jomet R. 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Cambodian soldiers in escort boats said several of their colleagues were killed and wounded by fire from the banks of the river. A FILIPINO seaman on the tugboat Wolverine, which was pulling a barge loaded with rice, was killed instantly when a bullet went through his skull, friends said. The convoy came under intense 75-mm. recoilles rifle fire 2 miles south of the government naval base of Neak Luong, 32 miles southeast of Phnom Penh. The South Korean tanker Boo Heung was hit by two rounds. Company officials said one round hit a forward tank, sending flames shooting into the sky. Crew members jumped overboard and were picked up by Cambodian escort boats, but returned to the stricken tanker shortly afterward and extinguished the fire. NINE rounds of 75-mm. fire tore holes in the side of the Filipino tanker Mekong Trad er and airplane fuel leaked out for the rest of the trip to Phnom Penh. The careo ships Kabbali and Bonanza, both flying Panamanian flags and registered at Singapore, were hit by four and five rounds of 75-mm. fire respectively. It was the eighth supply convoy to run the hazardous river passage in two months. Intelligence reports said about 8,000 insurgent soldiers were moving into the area around Neak Luong in a massive effort to capture the base and reach a. new site to attack the next convoy. FACTORY AUTHORIZED a. We are factory authorized under the TIMEX guarantee. For watches that are out of guarantee, the charge is small. Genuine TIMEX ELECTRIC Watch Energy Cells available. Sorry, no mail orders. WATCH REPAIR, NORTH MEZZANINE; ALSO GLENDALE HANOI'S Vietnam News Agency, monitored at Tokyo, reported that the insurgents "wiped out" 268 Cambodian troops between May 13 and 24, shot down or damaged three aircraft, sank and heavily damaged six cargo ships and seized 50 assorted weapons. The insurgents, who the Phnom Penh regime of President Lon Nol says are chiefly North Vietnamese and Viet Cong Communists, receive strong logistics and leadership backing from Hanoi. But dip-1 o m a t i c sources and field commanders say most of the actual fighting is done by Cambodians. At Saigon, Hungary and Po land again blocked action by the International Commission of Control and Supervision on Canadian and Indonesian reports of alleged Communist troop infiltration into South Vietnam. "Oh, there is a lot of ener gy here, but that's good. It'll all blow up, just explode, and then everything will be calm again." CRAZY. There's an opossum crossing the track at the approach to the northeast turn. The Horde cheers its collective lung out for the critter to make it to safety which it didn't. . Vasubeo Panbya, a native Indian (from Delhi, India) living at Chicago, offers that the race is not quite like the colorful Holi festivals he remembers from his pre-Amerl-can years. 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