PATSY CLINE -- HOME AGAIN
Patsy Cline, famous for hits like "Crazy," and "I Fall to Pieces," is finally being recognized by her hometown.
Born in Winchester, Virginia, Patsy did not get the recognition she so well deserved from old-timers in the town who did not agree with or approve of her supposed wild ways -- she was divorced once, and there were rumors about her alleged loose ways with men.
For years after her death, the town refused to acknowledge its link with Cline, who died in a 1963 plane crash at the age of 30. Even as late as 1989, the town council rejected a resolution to name a street after her.
Recently, however, the town has acknowledged its link to the country superstar, as well as the potential for a booming tourist industry. "It's not just to raise money, but she deserves recognition and her rightful place in history in her own hometown," says Michael Noel, a city councilman and supporter of the nonprofit group Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc. The group intends to establish a Patsy Cline Museum in downtown Winchester.
Judy Sue Kempf is the treasurer of Celebrating Patsy Cline, and for the past five years has guided 157 Patsy Cline bus tours. "Patsy outweighs the Civil War tourism many, many times over," she says. "I think the interest has always been there and we're just now tapping into it," says Kempf. "By golly, we could've done this years ago."