In 1976 and 1977 my Dad put an addition on to our house. Most nights and weekends the three oldest children (especially me and my younger brother) would help in one way or another. This was usually done with out any sort of remuneration. They call it room and board.
The one exception was in shingling the roof. We got paid a penny a nail or 4 cents a shingle and netted a pretty good sum of money for our troubles. I don’t remember much about the summer between 6th grade and 7th grade that didn’t include being on the roof shingling.
‘What does this have to do with Indianapolis?”, you might ask. If you’ve been reading my earlier a to z capital posts, your answer may well be, “not very much, if anything.”, and you would be right.
We would often bring a radio up on the roof and if there were sports on we would listen to that. On the Memorial Day 1977, I was listening to the broadcast of the Indianapolis 500. A race that would have historical significance.
In May of 1977 while I pounded in shingles, AJ Foyt won his 4th (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977)Indianapolis 500. making him the first to ever win 4. The next two consecutive Indianaplois 500 champs Al Unser Sr (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) and Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991) have since ties Foyt’s record.