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Journalist and auto racer, Denise McCluggage died at the spry age of 88.

No, that 1st name isn’t Dennis, it’s Denice.  I know, right?  I thought Danica Patrick was the first female auto racer.

McCluggage (an Irish name derived from the sound one makes when chugging a pint of Guinness Stout) faced certain challenges as a journalist covering racing in the fifties because skirts weren’t allowed to interview racers.  “Let ‘em talk to the racers wives in the kitchen while hubby was out racing, see.  That’s what a good dame would do, see,” said… um… Fifties McSportscaster…

So, she decided that the best way to report it was to do it.  Advice that would later be followed by the likes of the “Mayflower Madam” in the 80s and Amy Fisher in 2001.

So, she donned a polka-dot helmet (‘cuz, you know: chick) and got behind the wheel of some car with letters or numbers for it’s name… a M320, 250, LXR or a TX6 or some shit.   I don’t know… why can’t the whole racing world be like NASCAR,

McCluggage, shown here talking to some fucking slob who didn't even have the decency to wear a fucking shirt!

McCluggage, shown here talking to some fucking slob who didn’t even have the decency to wear a fucking shirt!

where they drive Ford Fusions and Toyota Camrys?

Racing was perhaps the most macho of the sports, and the men she competed with never quite knew how to handle Denise McCluggage. They were always telling her to get coffee for the pit crew and assuming that she would do all the secretarial work.

“She was a babe,” long-term auto journalist Don Vorderman once recalled.  Meh, she was OK.

She raced with such greats as Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Brock Yates, Briggs Cunningham, Clive Pachuk, Carroll Shelby, A.J. Foyt, Stirling Moss, two of which I have heard of… and one which I made up.  (Can you guess which one?)

After a while the good old boys didn’t seem to mind having the pretty little gal around.  Even with the girly helmet.

Then she grew old.  And died.

This hit goes to: Mary!  I don’t know who’s ass Mary pulled this pick out of, but the reach was worth it because she gets another 20 points!

Nancy Reagan, somehow, continues to live.

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

Occupy the Casket: 150 – (Sir Terry Pratchett – 66, Lauren Hill – 90)

Tailgating with Jesus: 120 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20, Jerry Tarkanian – 20, Minnie Minoso -10, Al Rosen – 10, Chuck Bednarik – 20)

Jami: 120 – (Diem Brown – 70, Sam Simon – 50)

Anne: 70 – (Lesley Gore – 40, Joe Cocker – 30)

Gianna: 70 – (Ahmad “Real” Givens – 70)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 60 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10, Cardinal Karl Josef Becker – 20, Roberto Tucci – 10, Giovanni Canestri – 10)

Nikki: 60 – (Stuart Scott – 60)

Nora the Explorer: 50 – (James Best – 20, Ben E. King – 30)

Babysitter: 50 – (Leonard Nimoy – 20, Gary Gahl – 30)

The Girl on Fire: 40 – (Mario Cuomo – 20, Richard Dysart – 20)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 30 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20)

Anne: 30 – ()

Team Sushi: 30 – (Marion Barry – 30)

Mostly Mike: 20 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10)

Erika: 10 – (Jayne Meadows – 10)

The Mortician’s Daughter:  10 – (“Little” Jimmy Dickens – 10)