I'm counting down the days until the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. 


I'm not a race fan in the fanatic sense. I've only been to the Indy 500 a handful of times. My memories center around listening to the race on the radio in the backyard while filling out the leading laps grid from the Indianapolis Star.


I do love Indianapolis, tradition, and most of all a theme! Each day I will share a memory or tidbit of history.


I've never met a sports program that I don't like. Maybe because I'm a compulsive, equal opportunity reader. Cereal boxes, grocery store receipts, instruction booklets, junk mail, the daily paper...you put it in my vicinity, I'll read it. 


I have a special affinity for sports programs. Possibly because in general I'm a bigger fan of words than sports. I'm the person that ALWAYS buys the program. I love looking at the lineups, reading the stats, and bios, and ads. 


When it comes to Indianapolis 500 memorabilia, race programs are often some of the most sought-after pieces. I really dig the look of the 1952 program, sold for the race's 36th running. It's beautiful in its simplicity - two speeding race cars, a portion of the grandstand, and a checkered flag. 


The program cost just fifty cents. A bargain for sure. 


The race was won by Troy Ruttman, who at 22 years and 80 days, became the race's youngest winner and that record still stands.