First I made a
sign. I bought a roll of red tape that was supposed to glow in the dark. I cut
the tape into strips and made letters on a white cardboard square: KEN.
how you abbreviate Kentucky."
"No, it's k-y
period; not k-e-n."
know what I mean."
I left Worcester,
Mass. at 1 o'clock the next afternoon, a Thursday. It was cold and there was
rain. I got a quick ride the four miles to the entrance of the turnpike. Then I
stood for a long time in the rain, holding the sign across my chest.
A car stopped.
The driver leaned across the seat.
means Kentucky Derby. That's where I'm going."
thought you were promoting some politician." (There was a primary in
Massachusetts that year.)