July 22, 2003
Hi Susan Finley,
I found it quite interesting to come across your post of May 24, 2002. Today I, too, was searching for information on the man "Lucky Teter." In my search it became clear why all through my childhood (I was born a few days before "Lucky" died) people asked me if I had heard of this man. I was born in Washington, DC and raised in the Maryland suburbs. However, in 1975 I moved to Washington TWP, NJ. It so happens that my town bordered Pitman, NJ. Well, Alcyon Speedway was in Pitman, apparently from 1895 until 1960. But, I never knew it until now, after I moved away. See this website:
and you will see some mention of Lucky. Actually the only mention is:
"'Lucky' Teter, who packed grandstands and broke attendance records with his Thrill Shows, was killed on July 6, 1942, in an Indiana crash and was never to return to Alcyon Speedway.
"The other Thrill Show drivers who were making Alcyon a stop on their tours were 'Lucky' Lee Crosby and Joie Chitwood. This made Alcyon Speedway a front runner in family entertainment."
My dad, my uncle and other family members have made genealogy a very serious hobby. However, I never saw Lucky mentioned in their records. Perhaps he is some distant cousin.
At other sites I found this bit:
"When Lucky Teter got killed, Kochman took over Teter's old circuit. George Hamid who booked all of Teter's show's was now booking show dates for Kochman. As the years passed Jack Kockman had three teams on tour. Jack retired from the business at the end of the 1988 season. He was 83 years of age. Jack Kockman observed his 94th birthday on June 29th, 1999."
By the way, I see that they spelled the name two ways: Kochman and Kockman. I believe Kochman is correct. At this site is an old poster from those days.
Further I found that Indiana University has honored a Teter, perhaps Lucky himself. Check out the website for yourself and do a search there for "Teter." The site is:
Well, that is all I have found out in the last few hours, ending my search, for tonight, with your post.
I hope this is not too late to help you. Regardless, I enjoyed the effort of making this post.
May your luck exceed that of Lucky Teter,
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