A Dream Come True
Kevin Lee, of 1070 The Fan and the IMS Radio Network, knows my love of the history of the Indianapolis 500 and that I am a loyal listener of The Talk Of Gasoline Alley with Donald Davidson – the historian of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As I was wrapping up the last post in the media center, Kevin came over and said they were at a break on the IMS Radio Network and wanted to know if I would like to meet Donald. Are you kidding?
They were doing their show about four or five rows back from my seat in the media center. I went back there and Kevin gave me a personal introduction and told Donald how Oilpressure.com deals a lot in the historical aspect of the Indianapolis 500.
As Donald stood up to shake my hand, I suddenly felt like a three year-old kid meeting Santa Claus for the first time. Over the years, I have met many drivers, team owners and media types – but none have created such an inner stir as meeting Donald Davidson. I actually met Donald last year and had my picture made with him, but that was strictly as a tourist. To have someone like Kevin Lee make an unsolicited introduction for me, gave me a little more credibility.
The man is exactly as he seems on the radio every night. He is exactly as advertised – kind and very accommodating. I resisted the temptation to try and show off any of my historical knowledge of the race. That would be like a middle-school quarterback trying to show Peyton Manning how well he can throw the ball. Great kid – get out of the way!
Instead, we talked about his show and just how much I think he means to the tradition of this place. I told him how I listen to his podcasts from years past, and even listened to him the whole way up yesterday – much to the chagrin of my female passenger. I told him I had his book from 2006 and that I remembered listening to him on the broadcasts as a child. He seemed genuinely flattered and touched.
I also tried to respect his time. We probably talked for ten minutes tops, but I could have stayed and listened to the man for hours. As I came back over to my seat in the media center to gather my things to go to the track, I sat down and realized I was shaking. Even though he was so at ease, I was a nervous wreck. The only thought that kept going through my head was “awe-struck”.
I thought it would be best to postpone returning to the track and decided to pound out a quick post about it before the feeling of excitement left me.
Thanks to Kevin Lee, and a big thanks to Donald Davidson for making an already great weekend just that much more memorable. It was literally a dream come true.