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Samuel Hawley is a writer of narrative nonfiction. His books are highly eclectic. He has written about 16th-century East Asian history, 19th-century Korean-American relations, Olympic sprinting and land speed racing and a circus elephant named Topsy who was electrocuted in 1903. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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ART ARFONS / GREEN MONSTER: BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS AUDIO (CLIP 4)


November 7, 1965, Art Arfons and his crew later in the afternoon of the day Art set his 576 mph record. They're back in Wendover now, in a room at the Western Motel, talking and revelling in the record as Jack Olsen's tape machine continues to record. To help with voices, Art is the one who says right at the beginning, "What's your trouble?" and it's Ed Snyder who says, "What's the motel here?" Then you can hear Art talking: "Oh, she was bawling..." he says, talking about his wife June's reaction when he phoned her up. Ed is speaking on the phone in the background at first, then joins the others.

I love this audio. Jack Olsen, bless him, just leaves his tape recorder on, letting it record whatever Art and the rest are saying. No one seems to be aware that it's on, so what we're hearing is real life going. We are the proverbial fly on the wall, listening in on Art and his crew almost a half century ago.

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