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Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Donald Davidson took time to personally talk with fans Wednesday.
The Paper photo by Stacey Baschwit Donald Davidson took time to personally talk with fans Wednesday.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 AM
Donald C. Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian, had everyone’s attention Wednesday afternoon at the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s special event. The hall at the Crawfordsville Country Club was filled with Indy 500, race fans and IMS history buffs. Davidson, regaled the audience with his personal stories, fun facts and inside details on Indy car drivers and IMS history. 
Pulling fine details from his memory as if they happened yesterday, even though in all reality, many of the recollections happened more than 40 years ago. 
Davidson remembers everything from statistics and qualifying placement, down to the color of shirt a driver was wearing on a given date. He said racing was a part of him for as far back as he can remember. He had a passion for it as young as 14 years of age. 
Davidson took a moment to sit with The Paper and share his finest IMS career moments. 
He knew exactly where he was going to go when he came to Indianapolis in 1964. 
“I was on a mission,” he chuckled. In 1965 Davidson was hired by Henry Banks to work as USAC Racing as the statistician. He held that position for 31 years. In 1998 he became the full time Historian for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Davidson is the only person to hold a full time historian position for any motorsports facility in the world. 
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4-H Board at 12:44 PM on 9/1/2016
Start Time: 9/1/2016 12:44:00 PM
End Time: 12/31/2017 12:00:00 AM
4-H Board meetings are the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in the Exhibit Hall. They are open to the public.
PAL GROUP at 7:40 AM on 10/21/2016
Start Time: 10/21/2016 7:40:00 AM
PALGROUP,--Parents of Addicted Loved Ones”—is a national organization for parents, family members, and significant others who have loved ones who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. The primary goal of PAL is to provide hope through education and support for parents, family members, and others who dealing with addicted loved ones. Each week there is an educational component that informs participants about addiction and issues related to addiction. There is also a portion for discussion and sharing of experiences. In addition, Palgroup facilitators, although laypeople who must have an addicted child or significant other in order to serve as such, are trained to facilitate the meetings. Every four to six weeks, a professional addiction counselor or social worker will be invited to speak on a relevant topic or issue.
Suicide Prevention Walk at 1:33 PM on 12/8/2016
Start Time: 12/8/2016 1:33:00 PM
End Time: 6/17/2017 11:00:00 AM
Walk Out of Darkness, Suicide Prevention Fund-raiser. Date is June 17 at North Montgomery High School. Check-in / Registration Time: 9:30 a.m. Walk Begins: 11 a.m. Walk Ends: 2 p.m.
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