Born in Louisville, it was only natural he would cover the 1970 Kentucky Derby with a story that marked the beginning of his infamous Gonzo style of journalism.
Of course, the article is less about the event itself as the cast that arrives each year to celebrate the most exciting minutes in sports. If any of you have been to the Derby, you know that it’s a tale of two levels — the infield and the grandstand.
We all know (and wish to be in) the grandstand. Ladies with hats, gentlemen in their finest. But there is some kind of party that takes place in the (usually muddy) infield.
If you’ve never had the chance to read the classic work, perhaps today before the race would be the perfect time. Then put on your best, pick out a horse, and behave yourself as if you’re in the grandstand, alright?