My connection with Sam Schmidt is personal. Twelve years ago he allowed me to live out a boyhood dream of averaging a 200-mph lap in an Indy car, a risky proposition even for pro drivers. I was just an adventure journalist.
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Charlotte is known by most tourists for its laid-back, southern charm. But to auto racing fans it's the capital of NASCAR, with its famous "Hall of Fame Museum" downtown.
On Dec. 25 big wave legend Ken Bradshaw was on the phone. A northwest swell was storming in with wave faces exceeding 35 feet. Could I get to Waimea Beach ASAP, he wanted to know?
Who knew Ian Anderson, front-man for the seminal rock group Jethro Tull, is a space aficionado?
The singer and flautist, who grew during the Cold War...
Stout and brawny and still looking like a marine drill instructor at 78, Krantz set the record straight for me.
As a longtime fellow of The Explorers Club, I sometimes forget what a storied institution I am part of. Recently, though, I was reminded squarely of what the Club really represents.
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