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Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

I retired in 2005 after dealing blackjack and roulette in Las Vegas casinos for almost 20 years. I have one daughter and one grand-daughter who introduced me to altered art after my retirement. I was born in Iowa and grew up on a farm. I began the Memoirs of a Wildrose blog in the form of letters to my daughter to share information with her about family heirlooms and family history, plus remembrances of today, yesterday and yesteryear ! "Book of Douglas" blog is the story of my late husband, his life as I knew him, and our journey through life together. Ginny's Art blog was created to provide myself a record of my artsy creations.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Days in the Life of Speed

Douglas always wore his black felt hat to the race tracks. An ardent female fan with Indian heritage, crafted and presented the beaded band to him. I am not sure where the pheasant feather came from . Some of the pins were "gifts". Some were added when he was no longer racing, but still wore the hat on occasion. These pages include a photo of him as a child in feather headdress and his grand-daughter, Hilery, in full Indian attire. As a young girl, Hilery came to Las Vegas to visit her grandparents. We always found fun things to do such as a western theme casino had a store where you dressed in costumes and had your photo taken !! Douglas' first track racing experience came with owning and driving a go-kart in the early '60's while stationed at Oceana, Virginia. His daughter liked to "help" work on the kart and grew up liking speed as much as her father. His parents, back in Iowa, maintained a go-kart track for local kids to race on. Other photos on these pages include his racing uniform, an awards jacket, and ceramic car and driver, made and presented to him by another fan. Cars and racing were a huge part of what made Douglas who he was !