Henderson's Light

Henderson’s Light

Author’s Bio

Henderson's LightIt started out as a post-swim meet pizza date. Five teenagers in a mid-sized Buick, out for an evening of fun. All too soon, the evening turned into one of screams and death, four lives lost, two kids terribly injured, the Buick smashed beyond recognition by the impact of the heavier convertible, whose driver was the fourth fatality. But it didn’t end then. Forty years later, aftereffects of the crash were still reverberating among the survivors – siblings, parents, friends, neighbors, and teachers – who were left to deal with the follow- on realities of a terrible tragedy, one more episode in the continuing American story of drunk driving and its consequences.

“Jack Torry tells the riveting story of an all-American tragedy that is as real and raw today as it was when it happened 45 years ago. Even though you might never have heard of the young people whose lives ended or were changed by that night in January 1965, you’ll care deeply about them when you read their stories in these pages. This is a poignant tale that celebrates the hopes and dreams of sports, of youth and of life.” — CHRISTINE BRENNAN, USA Today sports columnist, commentator, ABC News and NPR

“Jack Torry has written a riveting account not just of a fatal traffic accident on a wintry evening in suburban Detroit in 1965, but also of the effect that crash had on all involved from then until now. An incredible feat of both research and writing, it is as vivid as a novel, but every word is true. It is a gripping tale of life — and death — in America.” — ROGER SIMON, columnist for Politico.com, former columnist for the Baltimore Sun and Washington correspondent for US News & World Report and the Chicago Tribune.


“Henderson’s Light is an exceptionally well done account of the long term impact of an alcohol crash. The impact to the families and friends, indeed the violence of the crash, does not stop with the event, but continues on decades later. The technology is coming that will eventually make this totally preventable tragedy not happen to others.” — CHUCK HURLEY, Chief Executive Officer, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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