The Indianapolis News from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 29, 1957 · 13
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Wednesday, May 29, 1957
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Mickey McCarty Says: "3 1 njf't Mickey FELLOW TAXPAYERS: Thousands of racing fans who i . . a - swarmed i n i o the city forto- ; night's prerace festival and to- , morrow's annual 1i00 -mile grind at the Speedway probably do not realize that it actually was the horse now gradually be coming extinct that had . much to do with the development of automobile racing in America. : The present day type of auto racing might have been quite, different if it had not been for the great popularity of horse racing back in fhe late 1800s. This trend resulted in hundreds of beautiful mile and. half-mile oval dirt tracks set in front of permanent grandstands in fairgrounds in most county seat cities and towns from the New England states to the West coast. F'irt in 'QC.When the first motor cars came along, what was more natural than to put them on these tracks, sell tickets at the gate and run short races? These early dirt track races, the first ever held being in Providence, R.L, in 1896, were . contests of stamina more than technical skill But the crowds loved them. , Competition became fierce, excitement and suspense were plentiful. And tomorrow, for a few hours at least, the automobile will replace the horse as the biggest draw in sports. It was in 1909 that the 2 '2 -mile Indianapolis oval-then consisting of dirt, stone and macadam was born and track racing got another big shot In the arm. And it was an Indianapolis businessman, art connoisseur, -" symphony orchestra supporter, horseman and all-round sportsman Louis Schwit-. zer, chairman of the board . of the Schwitzer Corp ' who won the first race ever held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. wmrn' stoddard-Dayton stock car August 19, 1909, Schwitzer won that event a 5-mile race amid a big cloud of dust, in the record time of 5 minutes and IS seconds. Other races of longer distance followed before the track finally was bricked but the Schwitzer victory was the forerunner of the . 500-Mile Race, which now attracts visitors from all parts of the world. While the late Bill Vuko-vich's 300-mile track record of 130.840 miles per hour still stands, it's anybody's guess as to what the 1957 crop of drivers will do at the Speedway tomorrow. The closest 500-mile finish in history was in 1937 when the late Wilbur Shaw, former president of the Speedway, beat the late Ralph Hepburn by only 2 ; seconds. But 2 seconds doesn't mean a photo finish, as they say at the horse tracks. Hepburn was out of the northwest turn coming down the straight away as Wilbur flashed across the ' wire. Not All Wet:" J many who have been complaining bitterly about the amount of rain we've been having this month, the official records may ease your mind a bit. Wallace Bertrand, roetorologist at the U.S. Weather Bureau at Weir Cook Airport, thumbed through his soggy records and reported that thus far during the month we have had 15 rainless days the first eight days, the 11th, 15th, 16th, 24th, 26th, 27th and 28th. Of course, what has made matters seem "all wet" is the fact that sloppy May came on the heels of one of the wettest Aprils we've had in years. 'Meteorologist Bertrand, generally a very truthful individual, says with more hope than confidence that it looks as if 500-Mile Race day will escape showers until late afternoon or evening. By that time the race will be over he hopes, and we hope so, too. Wednesday ' May 29, 1957 Page 13 THE INDIANAPOLIS NEWS Sports, Pages 22-23 Business News, Page 18 Comics, Page 16; TV, 17 Brownson to Speak Congressman Charles B. Brownson of Indianapolis will discuss "Taxes and the Budget" at the ilndianapolis Optimist Club's meeting in the Severin Hotel at 12:15 p.m. Friday, ml ml II I t Pm muWIA L LI Aimed to Represent Indiana PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. The state police force's best pistol marksmen competed here yesterday for 15 places on three teams to represent the department in pistol matches throughout the United States. Among troopers who competed were (left to right) Trooper Gene Chaney, Indianapolis; 1st Sgt. Charles Epperson, Pendleton; Sgt. Albert Danner, Charles-town; Lt. Charles Harbison, Indianapolis; Trooper George Bradford, Purnamville; Sgt. Howard Light- foot, Ligonier; Cpl. Edgar Harger, Kentland; Trooper Joseph Flynn, Lafayette; Trooper Wallace Manrow, Ligonier; Lt. George Everett, Ligonier; Cpl. Max Bruggenschmidt, Jasper, and Cpl. Virgil Perrotta, Dunes Park. -The News Photo, Frank Salzarulov DON'T QUOTE ME Want Somebody? Look at Speedway if By BILL WILDHACK A Newark (Del.) woman sports car race driver has filed a suit here on the chance the defendant may be attending the 500-Mile Race. V Marguerite O. Boden, plaintiff in the Superior Court 5 action, said she paid Leech Craycraft $5,000 for a Cooper sports car she wanted to race at Seebnng, Fla. The car, the complaint said, was supposed to be a new 1957 model but the car she got was a used 1956 model with essential engine parts worn. It broke down in tests before the Florida race, the suit said. ' - ' The plaintiff asked for return of the $5,000 she paid for the car and $1,500 damages. Eugene Henderson, Indianapolis attorney, said he had been' asked to file the suit by a Delaware attorney on the theory that Craycraft might be here for tomorrow's race and could be served with papers. , DID YOU NOTICE? Two young women on the northeast part of the Circle selling chances in a raffle on an MG, which was parked in front of a fireplug . . . A youngster pedaling his bicycle in the 3600 block of North Capitol with a dog sitting on the top bar of the cycle frame ... A woman in the 4200 block of East 25th with an armload of groceries and a cat on a leash. ; It is said that leopards cannot change their spots but the operatorn of a dice game learned that a sharp shooter can change the spots on the galloping cubes. Jacob. Greene ind James Brown, investigators for the prosecutor's office, say that dice with the aces and four spots removed were introduced into a craps game the other night The owner of the altered dice bet the odds, two to one, that he could make a 10, his point, He did four or five times to the tune of $240 before the guys running the game caught on ... An informer reports seeing a young woman get off the elevator on the second floor of the Guaranty building, remove the ballerina flats she was wearing, slip into a pair of dress shoes she was carrying in a sack and then go into the office of an employment agency. NAMES IN THE NEWS: Herman B Wells, Indiana University president, and the Hoosier congressional delegation will be guests of the I.U. Alumni Club of Washington June 18 at the National Press Club . . . Contractor Merrill Stookey, wearing a white shirt and bow tie, took over the operation of a grader in the 700 block of North Pennsylvania while the crew was taking a lunch break . . . Attorney George Ober, defending organized hot-rodders before the Board of Safety, said they don't drive the cars they race on city streets "for fear some jerk will run h:o them" . . . Governor Charles H. Russell of Nevada is here for the race. , WEATHER FORECAST , By the U.S. Weather Bureau k S'jSf. SofESst Otmfnm U.$. WiATHI iVMAU PifvrM Slow Uw twvnKm liptci.4 - (Central Daylight Time) Temperature-Yesterday Predicted Record This Date Year Am Low.... 47 (4:30a.m.) 52 41 (1884) 64 High.... 74 (2:30p.m.) 73 93 (1895) 84 Barometer (Sea Level) Inches Millibars 7a.m 30.22 1024 Noon 30.19 1023 Sunrise, 5:21 Sunset, 8:04" Humidity yesterday: High, 84; low, 27. Precipitation for 24 hours ending 7:30 a.m., 0. Total precipitation since January 1, 22.48 inches. Excess, 5.90. Average temperature yester day, 61. Total degrees below 65 since July 1, 5115. Normal, 5572. Indianapolis and Central In dianaSunny this afternoon, partly cloudy tonight and tomorrow, little change in tem perature; chance of widely scat tered thundershowers late after noon or evening tomorrow and chance of scattered showers early morning; high this afternoon near 80, low tonight 55. high tomorrow around 80. Indiana Partly cloudy to night and tomorrow with chance of scattered thunder-showers north tonight and north and west tomorrow; little change in temperature; low to-night in the 50s, high tomorrow around 80. i ' WhHiw 7:30 .m. Nigh lew Atlanta Cloudy (0 64 liimank ...Cltar 77 SO "ton Clear el 4 luKolo PtCldy 56 41 Chod.iton, S.C. ...... .Cloudy II 73 Cnicaaa .........PtCldy 71 56 Cincinnati .....Cltar 71 54 CltYolond .....Clovdy 61 47 Oonvar Cltar 71 31 , .....Cloody 07 SO El fan Cloar 90 61 lomlllt .....PtCldy 72 SI Ft. Warn PlCldr 61 SO ft. Worth Cltar IS 6S Havra , ..Cltar It 45 Jailttanvtllt PtCldy l 71 Kontat City ..PtCldy II 60 It Anatltt Cloudy 71 61 Iwiivllla PtCldy 71 S3 Memahit PtCldy 7S 57 Miami Cltar 17 75 Minntaotli, PtCldy 75 55 Muiktaon .......PtCldy 74 54 Now Orloom Cloar 15 67 Now York Cloar 6 51 Norfolk Clowdy 70 56 Oklahoma City Cltar 7 61 Omaha ....PtCldy 11 5 PhooniK ....Cltar 91 65 IMibutflh ............PtCldy 66 41 St. tauii PtCldy 71 5 Salt lakt City PtCldy 13 51 tan Antonio ......... .Cl.udy 13 67 tan Dioas ......Cloudy 61 60 San Pranclic ....Cltar 61 S3 Sault tt. Mori lain 63 45 Soattl Cltar 76 50 Soulh Itnd .....PtCldy , 71 SI Tamna ...Cltar 90 70 Washington. P.C PtCldy 73 56 High In nation; 104 at Gila Itnd, Atii. Itw. 16 si Ml. Wathinatsn, N.H. Hourly Temp. Humidity 6:30 a.m. .... 55 ..... 78 7:30 a.m. .... 53 ..... 71 8:30 a.m. .... 61 ..... 65 9:30 a.m. .... 65 ..... 58 10:30 a.m. .... 67 ..... 58 11:30 a.m. .... 70 ..... 57 12:30 p.m 72 ..... 55 State Police to Hit Gamblers, Handiey Says Governor Harold W. Handiey said today that if local authorities do not clean up gambling within their communities, state police will do it for them. In a statement of policy, the Governor said: r r j "It they (state police) see any evidence of gambling, they will report it to the proper authorities of the county and to the superintendent of state police and if it isn't cleaned up within a reasonable time, state police will move in." A reasonable time, Handiey added, might be 10 days. "We want to give them an opportunity to clean up their own mess. If they don't, we wilL" This statement was in reference to local law enforcement authorities. Handiey, flanked by State police Superintendent Harold Zeis and Executive Officer Paul Beverforden, " told reporters "there has been no word out of the Governor's office to let these things run ? f !i? Handiey made it clear, however, that he feels Indianapolis and Marion County authorities and the three newspapers are capable of handling the gambling situation locally. The Governor, who has just returned from a two-day physical checkup at the Indiana University Medical Center, told reporters he. has had a stomach disorder and has been told to go on a diet and get more rest "I had nothing but toast and coffee for two days, J nearly starved to death." He added he'll have to stay away from "fried foods and stuff like that)" but laughingly told reporters he'll still eat fried chicken on the banquet and speech-making circuit. "I don't eat too heavily at banquets, anyway," the Governor said. Court Bars Lockout of Club Member The Columbia Club today was restrained from expelling a resident member or lockinir him out of the room he oc cupies. - Attorneys for Paul Wilkey, an Indianapolis businessman who lives at the club, obtained the restraining order from Circuit Court Judge John L. Nib-lack. Wilkey in his petition 'for an injunction against the club al leged his troubles stem from the fact he successfully backed the recent election of three in dependent candidates to the club's board of nine directors. He contended the six direc tors who were already on the board "voted alone to expell plaintiff as an example to others not to oppose their con trol of the club." Herman Hoglebogie Says: Welcome, visitors, to the racing capital of the world. We hope you enjoy your stay. Our po lice are at your service. Follow their directions and driving will be easier and safer. And don't miss the first "500" festival in downtown In dianapolis tonight. It will be a grand kickoff for the 500-Mile Race tomorrow. HURRY UP AND WAIT Speed Fever Strikes City as Race Throng Takes Over By HERBERT KENNEY JR. " The "500" fever strikes this speed-mad city today, mounting steadily until tomorrow at 11 a.m. when thousands try to outroar the roar of the 33 fastest cars in the land. Tonight marks the debut of the "500" festival complete with parade at 7 and square dancing on Monument Circle. Out in the town of Speedway, an impromptu, all-night carnival will shape up, as it does every year, about 11 or midnight. Its participants are folk who have their cars lined up for the race day land rush 1 of Drivers Are Hoosiers Here are the home towns of the 33 drivers who will start the 500-Mile Race: - - ' Jimmy try, PhMnht. Arte ; DI FVaaland1, Spttdway City. Jimmy, Scotdwor city, -, Johnny lord. Prom. Cel. , Sob Vith, Oakland, Cal, odaar Ward In Anaolo. Sam Hank, Pacific Palidt. Col. Jomwv Thornton, tyr!awn. Pa, fat O'Connor, North Vmn. Frtrfdia Aaabeshiaa. Walnut Crotk. Col. Al Ktllar, Cram Atrot, Ho. Dick Rathmana, Spotdway ity. Jock Turner, Stottlt, Woth. Can Hartley, Indianaaeli. flmer Coor., Salmo, Cal. Jim Rathmonn, Miami, Fla. Tony BarlanhauMfl, Tinloy Park, Id. Johnny Tolon, Nwwolk. Col. lilt Chaataaiirt, Tucian, Aril. Iddi John, on, Cyyoh.aa Fall, O. Manila!! Tmiim, Dart one ttech, fla. Tray Ruttmon, lynwaed, Cal. Foul Rum, Cardan, Cal. fddia Rum, Kama City, Me. Jimmy Daywelt, SpMdwsy City. Andy tinden. Speedway city. Mike Maeill, Hoddonfleld, N.J. Chuck Weyent, Serinefield, III. fd Elifian, Oakland, Cal. Eddie Sochi, Outer VaMoy, Pa. Al Herman, Allentewn, Pa. Don fdmvndt, Anaheim, Cal. Itb Chrirtie, Grant' Peu, Ore. 2 Stations to Show Race Film Films of the 500-Mile Race will be shown on television tomorrow night by WFBM-TV and WTTV. . WFBM-TV will have a special half hour show from 10:30 to 11. Sportscaster Tom Carnegie will be the narrator. WTTVs show will run from 10:30 to 10:45. that starts tomorrow at 5 a.m. when Speedway gates open. A former resident of Indianapolis, returning after a long absence, could hardly help noticing the signs of the fever or at least that something extraordinary is up. The yellow curbing is brighter, the policemen look sharper, the white traffic lane markers have been recently painted. And for the first time in the memory of man the city, or state, or county hasn't bothered to dig up any of the main thoroughfares leading to the world's speed center. Whether or not you are a race fan, everywhere you turn you are being weldomed s by merchants of high and low degree. The down-at-the-heels stores have "their lone "Wel come 500 Fans" sign in win dows that heed washing and seem just as proud of it as the high fashion window displays on the main drags downtown. The checkered Speedway flag shares space equally with the flag on the lamp standards downtown. WORLD'S BIGGEST CHICKEN PICNIC Early risers tomorrow will include the police who have to keep order in the face of thousands of cars hell-bent for the 2y2 -mile oval on the west side, and the womenfolk who have to fry the chicken. Someone has called the 500-Mile Race the world's largest fried chicken picnic. In many a garage tonight groups of men will be working late to . figure out how to smuggle in the materials for building a perch on their cars so they can see the race better. The Speedway has banned such contraptions, but that has only made race fan's plan and plot the more. Also planning to rise early are the owners of lawns and other bits of property on roads and streets in the vicinity of the Speedway. Their mission in life will be to lure motorists to drive into their makeshift '500' CALENDAR 5 b TONIGHT V P.M. ' 7:00 "500" Festival parade; square dancing on Monument Circle. ,9:00 Festival dance in the Indiana Roof ballroom. V The Indianapolis Convention Bureau has a special office on the Claypool mezzanine to help isitors find lodging. 9:00 and midnight Two midget car races at 16th Street Speedway, directly across street from "500" Speedway. . TOMORROW A.M. ' 4:00 First expiess buses of Indianapolis Transit start . ; runs to Speedway main gate from Terminal building, West Market and Illinois. Buses run every 10 minutes until 7 a.m., then every 2 or 3 minutes. Fare, $1 one way, $1.50 round trip. 5:00 Bomb signals opening of Speedway gates. 7:00 Shuttle train service starts from Union Station, 300 S. Illinois, to ' Speedway. Departures every 15 minutes until 11 a.m. Fare: $1 one way, $1.50 round trip. Taxis to the Speedway will use emergency route. Fare: $5 for four passengers or less; $1.25 each additional passenger. ' , 8:30 -Race cars are rolled to pits. - 9:30 Parade on main straightaway by Purdue University band. 10:15 "On the Banks of the Wabash," Purdue band. 10:35 "Star-Spangled Banner," Purdue band. , 10:40 "Taps," armed forces color guard. ' 10:49 "Back Home Again in Indiana"; balloon spectacle. ; 10:52 "Gentlemen, start your engines.M ' 10:54 Parade and pace laps. 11:00 Start of race. parking lots. At some distance from the track the charge may be as low as 50c, with the price going steadily up the closer you get to the track. ' The world's hawkers of nov elties and gewgaws usually manage to stage their national convention in and around the Speedway every year about this time. In addition to the usual stock, they feature such Speedwayish items as small checkered flags, helmets with goggles and similar souvenirs, To the disinterested observer it might seem an anomaly that crowds going to watch a high-speed race are themselves slowed to a crawl, whether on foot or on wheels, simply because that is what happens when 175,000 or more persons descend on one rather small piece of real estate. , s , That would indicate a good deal of enterprise in interest ing the public in this racing event. Dentist Didn't Attend Hearing Dr. B. K. WestfalL Indianapolis dentist, says a story in The News last Friday stating he attended a hearing before the Indiana Public Service Commission and headed a group of petitioners seeking reversal of a decision to permit the Whitestown Citizens Telephone Co. to continue operating was incorrect. , He said he was not at the hearing but is one of 334 residents of the Whitestown community who sought the reversal. DRIVER DIES IN COLLISION OF 2 TRUCKS A Petersburg (111.) truck driver was killed today when his tractor-trailer hit the rear of another truck-10 miles north of Kentland on US. 41. Police said JAMES K. EI-LERS, 39, was killed as his truck's cab was slammed beneath a semitrailer driven by Everett Caven, 56, of St. Anne, 111. Both truiks were heading north. . Injured was a passenger in the" Caven truck, Grady Harper, 28, of Chicago. At Lafayette. 2-vear-old CARLA JUNE REAGIN was killed yesterday when struck by a car. The driver, Larry Rudder, said he didn't see the child. A 23-month-old child, JO ANNE JOHNSON, died yester day when a car driven by James Napier, 38, a neighbor, backed over her as she played in a driveway. Staff Sgt. George H. Cron, Cedar Lake, was one of three marines identified yesterday as killed last Wednesday on the Island of Rhodes in the eastern Mediterranean. 1 .. Sgt. Cron, son of Mrs. Ethel N. Cron, died when a shore patrol truck crashed into a ditch. The marines were attached to the Sixth Fleet. ' State police said that 383 person were killed in Indiana traffic through Sunday, compared with 397 deaths for the same period last year. Of this year's total, 301 died in rural crashes and urban crashes claimed 87 lives, i . . - i ' Autopsy Set for Lafayette Driver Special fa The New LAFAYETTE, Ind. Coroner James McFadden was to perform an autopsy today to determine the cause of death of Doyle Andy Brooks, 43, Lafayette....'.; , He was found dead here yesterday lying in the front seat of his car near U.S, 52 bypass. State police said Doyle had been drinking heavily the last three weeks, .- ' There was no evidence of foul play, police said. Bellefontaine Bus Service to End Transit service on the Bellefontaine line will be discontinued Saturday morning. , W. Marshall Dale, president of . the Indianapolis Transit System, said the discontinuance was in accordance with a Public Service Commission order. ' . ' '. . Passengers of the Bellefontaine route may use the College Avenue or the Columbia line. - PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Cherished Memories Are Not for Sale By JOE HERRINGTON "No employee ever had better employers," says HOWELL G. CRM, who's worked under four presidents. Crim, 58, will retire this weekend after working at the White House 27 years. During that tim, his bosses have been Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. -Crim's title for the last 19 years has been chief usher, a misleading term. He's really a kind of general manager. "Maybe I have heard and seen things during my years in the White House which would interest many people make a good book," he says. But he adds that 'it would be a betrayal of trust "to sell my memories for profit or even to give away some of them." Doctors say the right eye of Gen. WALTER BEDELL SMITH should function fully. He was operated on recently for a torn retina at Boston Hospital. Smith, a native of Indianapolis, is now in private business. jt GEORGE SZELL, conductor of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, has agreed to go to Amsterdam, Holland, for four weeks next winter. He will conduct the famous Concert-gebow orchestra there. MRS. LEON TROTSKY, wife of the Bolshevik revolutionary, has gone back to Mexico with out testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Representative Francis E. Walter (R., Pa.), the commit tee chairman, said an unidentified person" frightened her. She had come to this country from her home in Mexico to testify before the committee. Her husband, a rival of Josef' Stalin, was assassinated in Mexico in 1940. . . PRESIDENT EISENHOWER will spend Memorial Day and the weekend at the White House. Secretary of State JOHN FOSTER DULLES will go to his island retreat on Lake Ontario, returning next week. rr--'.v--'V'' i k ;'. Vi-;.!.;-..;,,. J- New Daughter "SAN DIEGO," Cat. Former tennis star Maureen Connolly, 22, holds her new daughter for her husband, Norman Brinker, 26, to admire. The 6-pound, 9-ounce girl was born Tuesday. AP Wire-photo.

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