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Vernon Thomas was still in touch with Falmouth's Short Shoemaker, who had retired and, as befitted a native of the Bluegrass State, gone into horse racing.  The picture of a thoroughbred with my father is undated but appears to be from about 1946, the year before I was born.

I recall that my father attended several runnings of the Kentucky Derby over the years.  Of course, Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" was one of his favorite songs.  And he went to tracks wherever he traveled, even attending the races in India when he was briefly stationed at Calcutta in 1944.

Short moved to Miami, and in 1951 our family visited my father's former employer.  The picture on the right shows him and me alongside our Chevy, which was fully equipped with all the available accessories.

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I was only four years old during that 1951 vacation trip to South Florida, but I remember the deep sand of Miami Beach, plus some other sights.

There was the palm-lined entrance to the racetrack at Hialeah Park, where there were pink flamingoes.

And there was a boat, a catamaran that stood so high above the water that it seemed that a smaller boat could easily go right underneath it, passing between its hulls.

 

ADDENDUM:  Click here for a look inside a little red book that informed some of my father's principles about selling cars in the early 1950s.