In 1947, even the best black athletes had no chance of playing Big Ten basketball. But a few reform-minded backers waited for a shot. When Bill Garrett came along, some saw their chance and engaged in talks that would forever alter college sports.
In our October 2012 issue, we excerpted eight letters total from the new tome, Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. Here are two of those missives, one to Dan Wakefield (who edits and introduces the new collection) and another to Emily Glossbrenner, Vonnegut’s cousin.
When the rookie lost last May’s 500 to Dan Wheldon in a crash on the final turn, it was just the beginning of a historically bad year. But the hot young hope of IndyCar has no intention of easing off the gas pedal.