When you were a child, did you ever press your nose against a department store window and watch the motorized figures bring a holiday scene to life? My book about automotive history and motorsports does this same thing with the roaring giant, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. “Shifting Horizons” is a book of prose and verse, which takes you a little closer to the action on the Track. It lets you look back one hundred years and gives you a chance to think about the future. A little lore about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer … if you kiss Rudolph right on the end of his nose, it will shine and illuminate. That is just one thing I hope to do with “Shifting Horizons,” I hope to enlighten. Two other things I hope to do are entertain and educate.
This project started over forty years ago as a college writing assignment; it was just one poem then. Now you can read about Betty Blythe, a female newspaper reporter who wrote about automobiles back in 1909. You can learn a little about the Pups who march with the Gordon Pipers. One of my auto racing poems was patterned after the “The Night Before Christmas.”
‘Twas the night before Indy and out by the track,
All the people were scattered, some in the “sack,”
To paraphrase the late, great Paul Harvey, for the rest of the story, buy the book and turn the page.