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Jim Thurman (#47278805)
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B.J. Waters
RE: Kelly Petillo
Did I sound upset? Sorry I didn't mean to. Just trying to explain why I declined your edit, etc. I just don't understand why some of the online sources have "broken" links. People that use and/or contribute to sites such as Wikipedia lists sources with links that don't work anymore, so I question their integrity.

My dad used to take to me Ascot Park in Gardena, a few miles from my home, when my brother and I were kids. He was a collector of classic cars and worked in Dempsey Wilson's pit crew (once upon a time). Every weekend we'd watch Wide World of Sports on T.V. and I was familiar with Mario Andretti, Al and Bobby Unser, and others.

Alas, as I got older I didn't follow racing anymore, but I have fond memories of the track. I even worked for Russ Collins (motorcycle drag racer) at R.C. Engineering in the late 70's.

Anyway, I'll let you know what the cemetery record says. I'm not expecting anything except what is on his memorial.

Best regards,


Added by B.J. Waters on Apr 14, 2017 4:43 PM

B.J. Waters
Kelly Petillo
Please cite the sources you are referring to. I am going back to check the cemetery/mortuary record. It seems that "Calli" was a nickname for "Calvino", the Italian boy's name which translates to something like "little bald one". There does not seem to be anyplace that lists "Cavino" as an Italian first name. He may have become "Kelly" from "Calli" which makes perfect sense.

The California Death index (which was seeded from the SSDI) only shows his nickname, i.e. "Kelly C. Petillo". The Indy 500 statistic page also does not have his real name but simply says "Kelly Petillo".

I understand your interest in asking, where did I get the spelling, but I am also interested in your sources. The only source I have other than the cemetery record is my own sense telling me that "Cavino" is not a proper first name, but "Calvino" (which could also be considered the Italian form of "Calvin") seems to be a better fit.

I'll repeat part of what I sent to you when I initially declined your edit: The only place online I saw "Cavino" is Wikipedia which is questionable. Almost all of the links to sources on that Wiki page are non-functioning. Try it! Click on the sourced pages at the bottom and most of them just come back with errors.

I will let you know what the cemetery record says as soon as I'm able to get there again.

Best regards,


Added by B.J. Waters on Apr 14, 2017 3:13 PM

RE: Re: John Smith. Steve E
Hi, Sorry about Steve.
Let me know what the John Smith situation is... it is confusing.

Added by TLS on Apr 28, 2014 3:20 PM

Dirt Hero Paula
RE: Speedy
I don't know anything about him. I am related to his mother and do not know anything about her but that she was born in Canton Stark County Ohio, daughter of Peter E and Frances L Shorb Barlet. Speedy had a sister, Grace Carmelita, James' middle name was Shorb, Lewis Leonard/Leonard Lewis. Sorry I can't help.

Added by Dirt Hero Paula on Feb 25, 2013 8:14 PM


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