Last sparing I packed my pen and ink and traveled to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. I've put my impressions of the race and the rites that go with it into a series of sketches, including this one of the start. When the horses broke from the gate I was only 10 feet away and I could feel the incredible power being released. It was more startling than a lift-off of the space shuttle.
Preston and Anita Madden
The guests at Hamburg Place came dressed as witches, heros, devils-and themselves.
Walpurgisnacht, a sort of spring Halloween, was the theme of the maddens' party.
The Lexington Ballet school danced at the Perlman estate.
Robyn Perlman and guest Dennis Cole.
Even Phyllis Diller was there.
The days before the Derby are filled with all kinds of parties and the Pegasus Parade. Anita Madden's costume party, held at her family's 2'000-acre Hamburg Place estate, is famous and elegant, while Robyn Perlman's extravagant afternoon Lawn party is set amid the precisely fenced and groomed fields of the Bluegrass country. Though it rained on the Parade, it was still fun.
Kristi Martin of shelbyville, Ky. rode Pegasus.
Yes, that's Phyllis George, Gov. John Y. and Lincoln Brown.