"In the dark watches of the night I roll the deTomaso
'Mangusta' Corgi toy car that Rik sent me back and forth (very quietly) -- I sit squishing the
suspension... up and down for minutes at a time, looking at it at eye level, digging its amber
headlights -- but that's another form of devotion entirely."
Loring M. Bailey, Jr., from the rocket pocket, Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam, 1970
“I’d never met them. I saw a documentary on a fallen Vietnam soldier who had an affinity for racing. I found his brother-in-law and nephew and invited them to the “500”. They, along with their honored Loring Bailey, were with me every step today. We’ll be friends a long time. What a day.” Jake Query
Indianapolis historian, and our host, Jake Query brought us to the site of Robert Kennedy's famous speech in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He took this photo of their breathtaking sculpture. Here's the story:
On April 4, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York delivered an improvised speech several hours after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.. Kennedy, who was campaigning to earn the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, made his remarks while in Indianapolis, Indiana, after speaking at two Indiana universities earlier in the day. Before boarding a plane to attend campaign rallies in Indianapolis, he learned that King had been shot in Memphis, Tennessee. Upon arrival, Kennedy was informed that King had died.
Despite fears of riots and concerns for his safety, Kennedy went ahead with plans to attend a rally at 17th and Broadway in the heart of Indianapolis's African-American ghetto. That evening he addressed the crowd, many of whom had not heard about King's assassination. Instead of the rousing campaign speech they expected, Kennedy offered brief, impassioned remarks for peace that are considered to be one of the great public addresses of the modern era.