Article Archives: Bumps in the Night

Dave Wilson & John Andretti: A Friendship

Last week I traveled out to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to catch up with an old friend. Most people know Dave Wilson from his many appearances on the Q-95 Bob & Tom show, others from his longtime gig as an Indy 500 radio man, and still more know him as … Read More

Help Wish Harlow Hickenlooper Happy Birthday

Consider this a call to arms to all fans of Circle City children’s TV programs past. Hal Fryar, better known as Harlow Hickenlooper to generations of Hoosier Baby Boomers, is turning 90 this month. Hal has been feeling a little under the weather lately, so I’m asking for a favor … Read More

The Speedway Motel

This article is a reprint from 2010 On February 19, 2009, demolition crews knocked down the final wall of the 96 room Indianapolis Motor Speedway Motel, a.k.a. Brickyard Crossing Inn, which was closed by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in December of 2008. They knocked it down so fast that race … Read More

The Lorraine Motel: Prelude and Aftermath, Part 2

On Thursday, April 4, 1968, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was staying in room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Dr. King traveled to the river city in support of striking African-American city sanitation workers. King had gone out onto the balcony and was standing near his room when … Read More

The Lorraine Motel. Prelude and Aftermath, Part 1

History just happens. Often, history is well planned, scheduled and expected. The history I have always found most appealing is that which was unplanned, unscheduled and unexpected. Examples: Gettysburg, Woodstock, and Robert F. Kennedy’s April 4, 1968 speech in Indianapolis. True, the soldiers were gonna fight, the bands were gonna … Read More