In reply, Deputy Postmaster General James V. P. Conway explained that the service originally planned to issue the stamp in Indianapolis at the time of the 500, but because of the change in rates, from 13� to 15�, it was unable to do so." The service then decided to make Ontario, the site of the California 500, the issuing place.
Conway offered Myers and other outraged Hoosiers this consolation: "Missing the 1978 Indianapolis race does not mean we have slighted Indianapolis. As you know, Indianapolis was the first-day-of-issue city for the block of four butterfly stamps issued on June 6, 1977. You may not know that the butterfly stamps were voted the most popular issue of 1977 in polls conducted by philatelic publications, and thus focused attention on the city of their issuance."
Tell that to A.J., Conway.
Mario Andretti is the new world driving champion, the first American to hold that title in 17 years, and we salute him with pride and admiration. But it is inexpressibly sad that the race in which his championship was confirmed, Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, took the life of Ronnie Peterson of Sweden, Andretti's teammate and closest pursuer for the driving title. Despite the safety advances drivers have achieved in a decade of hard striving, Grand Prix racing obviously continues to present the risk of fatal accident. Just as clearly, its participants see in it rewards that make the risk worth taking. Like his comrades, Andretti has put his life on the line; now he has won the race.