I started in late April, just after my 29th birthday, and I had no idea what I was getting into.
The Indy 500 is always in late May, around the Memorial Day weekend, and the track is open for the entire month of May as race crews practice and fine tune their cars getting ready for Qualifying Day when only 33 drivers and cars will make the field.
My friend from North Dakota had gone to work at the same radio station about three months before me.
One day we went out to the track to watch the practice sessions.
With our media passes we were allowed to walk right out onto pit row.
So there is the blond-maned and bearded Orly Knutson, known on the radio as The Happy Norwegian.
And, as I have said before, that really was his name.
People often asked him if it was real and his response was always the same - "If I wanted to make up a name for the radio, do you think I'd pick something like Orly Knutson?"
Orly retired after 50 years on the radio in various markets.