50 years ago: Caymanians go to the Indianapolis 500

In the June 1, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

George-Town-50-years-final“After being home for four weeks Mr. William Banker returned to his job in Puerto Rico. He is employed by the Indian Towing Company of New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Mr. Ernest Pearson left on Saturday morning to join his ship the Universe Defiance of National Bulk Carriers.

“Mr. Attlee Bodden and Miss Maxine Bodden, children of Captain and Mrs. Theo Bodden, left on May 28 for Miami, where they will meet Mr. Jay Stoy who left on Thursday and they will all drive north in order to attend the 500 mile race in Indianapolis. They will also spend some time at the Stoys’ home in La Grange.

“Leaving on Sunday morning was Mrs. Sandys Sherwood who is on her way to Barcelona, Spain where she will attend her daughter Jackie’s wedding.”

Other news included:

“His Honour the Administrator informed the press on Saturday last that a telegram has been received which gives a great deal of encouragement with regard to efforts which have been made for a long time to get Caymanians who wish to return home out of Cuba.

“Due to extensive formalities, yet to be complied with, it is not anticipated that the 70-75 now on the British Ambassador’s list will arrive here before September. It is, however, known that KLM, the Royal Dutch airline will be allowed to carry the Caymanians direct from Havana or another airport in Cuba to Grand Cayman. A plane will be able to carry about 45 passengers plus their baggage on each trip and so it is anticipated there will be two flights here.

“It is understood that there are a quite a number of children included which will, no doubt, mean an influx of Spanish speaking children into our schools next term.”