In 1989, Dave was supporting Allison Transmissions in Indianapolis,
flying over from Detroit for two days each week. At this time,
Southwest Airlines started operating from Detroit's City airport with
deeply discounted fares to 4 cities: Chicago, St Louis, Nashville
(and Indy) literally $19 each way, non-refundable. Northwest
immediately matched the ridiculous price. Dave started same-day
commuting to and from Indy as it was actually cheaper than staying in
Jesse was just a year old, and our Cincy-Indy
long weekend car trip had been unsatisfactory. With lots of willing
babysitters in the neighborhood, Dave suggested "day-trips"
to Chicago and St Louis, to see a few
sights, take in a baseball day game, and then beat it home for bedtime.
The Cubs had only installed lights the previous August, so most of
their home games were still played in the afternoon sunshine and,
besides, we had already seen the White Sox play at "old"
Comisky on a previous trip. Dave decided to
rent a car for our day in Chicago, because at the time he was
uncomfortable using the "el" trains (but would certainly
use the trains today). We scheduled to stop at a nearby cemetery to
see the marker for Dave's recently deceased grandfather, to head
downtown to see the Art Institute, then out to Wrigley field for the
game. From there it would be back to O'Hare for the quick flight home