Originally posted by HDonaldCapps
There is an automatic assumption that the book in question, "Racers at Rest," is morbid, which until the book is actually seen and read by someone is a supposition. I did not think all that much of Court's book, to be honest, but which even if it was not "morbid" still falls within that category of "death books."
I also sense a bit of that usual elitist superiority that pops to the fore when certain topics or areas are brought up is being displayed -- mea culpa. Given the eternal popularity of The TNF Death Thead, perhaps there is more interest and a bigger market for such a book than some of us would suppose.
Automatic assumption?...I'll say. Well put Don. Did everyone overlook the wording "A celebration of life and a tribute to..."?
I knew of Buzz doing this book and it's hard for me to imagine it being anything less than the above, particularly since these men were likely his idols, influences and contemporaries. The book undoubtedly contains drivers he watched as a youngster and drivers he raced against.
That being said, Buzz can be pretty matter of fact in his writing style, befitting of someone who raced in that era.
Regarding the elitist superiority and Don's accompanying mea culpa. I have noticed this too. I only have a problem with those who clearly display an obvious tendency for the morbid or, worse yet, gore. Their true colors are revealed in subsuquent postings. Which is why, unlike others, I don't instantly pounce on a new poster unless they are clearly egregious - particularly if English is not their first language. This whole matter could, and probably should, be discussed in it's own thread.
The Speed's Ultimate Price thread has evolved from passing along information on earlier fatal accidents, primarily prompted by men behind the Motorsport Memorial website, to news of recent accidents and often resulting tributes. Despite the subject matter, and it's oft criticism, it could hardly be further from morbid.