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Link Up

To show how stories in the May/June 2017 issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader world, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you.

Evansville native Edwin Aleon competed in three Indianapolis 500 races in the Golden Age of the sport in the early 1900s. During his seven years traveling the country, he survived several major crashes, one of which took the life of his ride-along mechanic. Today’s drivers of the Indianapolis 500 still face harrowing collisions and crashes, which is why, according to the Indy Star, many of them share the same agent for life insurance — an aspect of the great race many don’t take into consideration.

Our neighbor to the east, Newburgh, Indiana, is a small river town with a long, storied history. During the American Civil War, Confederate sympathizers infamously captured Newburgh on July 18, 1862, without a shot being fired. A plaque along the Rivertown Trail marks the spot where Col. Adam Rankin “Stovepipe” Johnson and his crew came ashore. In other states, heated debates have sparked as cities remove or rename publicly funded symbols of the Confederacy. A protest around a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the latest such occurrence.

It was 50 years ago on June 1, 1967, when The Beatles delivered the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Many hail the record as one of the band’s best accomplishments, with popular songs like “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “A Day In the Life,” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” rounding out the tracks. However, when the album dropped in 1967, many critics of the time thought it was underwhelming at best. In fact, Richard Goldstein wrote in The New York Times at the time the album was “an undistinguished collection of work.” Goldstein wasn’t alone in his feelings either.

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