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Character Comedy in the Backstretch
Bill Bryan
April 12, 1965
Goofy Gamble, Old Tom and other racetrack eccentrics flourish in a closed and unpredictable society
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April 12, 1965

Character Comedy In The Backstretch

Goofy Gamble, Old Tom and other racetrack eccentrics flourish in a closed and unpredictable society

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Old Tom stared angrily at me, holding his hands out about four inches apart to indicate the extent of the dirty nose by which the filly was beaten. Suddenly he dropped his hands and ended his half-hour narrative.

"Well, sir," he said, "that night the earthquake come and knocked the hull darn town flat."

I still don't know much about the San Francisco earthquake, but I should have known better than to ask a racetracker. It's easier to look in a book.

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