For fifteen seconds a year, Steve Buttleman is the most famous man in America. On the first Saturday of every May, sporting his famous red jacket and tiny black hat, he marches from the white pagoda behind the Churchill Downs Winner's Circle, lifts a polished brass horn to his caramel-colored mustache, and plays "Call to Post." Buttleman's rendition—a brief ditty that signals jockeys to lead their horses into the starting gate—grabs the attention of movie stars in Millionaire's Row, infield drunks, and countless television viewers. It's also the sign for Kentucky Derby fans to clutch their betting slips and start praying.
Lillian McKim Pulitzer Rousseau was every bit as exuberant as the styles she conjured. Always up for an adventure, be it screening movies on bed sheets hung in her backyard, dancing the Twist by the pool, or jumping on a propeller plane to Key West to check on her new prints, the schoolmate of Jackie Bouvier became a national sensation when the First Lady did a photo shoot for Life romping in the Atlantic in one of Lilly's colorful, formless, A-line shift dresses.