What are you doing Derby Day?
Summer, 1954. As Louisville, Kentucky simmered, society struggled to maintain ties to the old ways, which had seemed so correct. An air of gentleness existed then. Methods of doing business lacked the tense, high-pressure atmosphere found in northern cities. And a family name meant more then money, for it indicated a status earned though 200 years of Kentucky history. But, Louisville was changing with the tide of people and new industry moving in. To this setting, middle class Dusty Burton finds himself caught in a frustrating web of worries as he enters his third year of college. Fraternity parties, lifeguarding, the Draft, and Communists in America were surpassed by his love for ‘social girl’ Cindy York. What Are You Doing Derby Day? Dusty believed that question and the spectacular Kentucky Derby would work magic as he tried to win Cindy’s love forever. Here is a peek at youth in the 1950’s through the eyes of Dusty and Cindy during a restless year of conflicts. It is a light-hearted American Graffiti type story packed with humor and memories from that ‘innocent generation’.
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