Lou Martin

Lou Martin is a board member of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum and an associate professor of history at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

His first paycheck: I was a busboy at a thoroughbred racetrack near my hometown. My coworkers convinced me to place a bet on one of the races, but not being 21, I had to ask the hostess to do it for me. I asked her to put $5 on Over the Moon to win, but she gave me a concerned look and shook her head in disapproval. I waited for a lecture on the evils of gambling, but then she said, “Okay. But that jockey hasn’t had a win in months. There’s no way Over the Moon is coming in first.”

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