Excitement fueled Thunder - even when gas was a $1

"John Wayne had just died, the Evansville Triplets (top farm team of Detroit's Tigers) were beating up on Denver and Indianapolis in the American Association, and things weren't looking so good in the Middle East in the wake of the revolution in Iran. The University of Evansville had formed a new basketball league with Butler, Xavier and four other independent universities. Oh, and I'd just written a front-page story about gas prices hitting $1 a gallon. That was our world as the first Thunder on the Ohio arrived in June 1979. Skeptics called it Blunder on the Ohio, but to its fans it was just Thunder."