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Police Officer Thomas Lynett handcuffs Daredevil Mathews to the steering wheel of a Gardner Model 85 before the driver embarks on a five-day drive around Akron on May 28, 1928. (Beacon Journal file photo)
A 1928 newspaper advertisement for Brady Lake Park touts an appearance by Daredevil Mathews during his 120-hour endurance ride in 1928. (Beacon Journal file photo)
Texas cowboy Fred Mathews Jr. rolled through Akron in 1928. (Beacon Journal file photo)
“I wish I had a crystal ball to show you where you will be one year from now,” I said to Claude three weeks before he graduated from college. “Things are about to get really exciting and you will be fine.”