And Then It Was Ephemera #27


Receipt for the final flight of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper

5 comments:

said...

A life value of $12 each.

Frank Van Haste said...

From a friend of mine who has flown in that area for many, many years and knows some of the principals:

"I talked to Gene a few years ago and he took me outside the FBO there at MCW and pointed to its path and where it went out'a his sight that night. Spooky! You remember what Waylon J. told Buddy that bothered W. the rest of his life? Well, if you'll remember, Waylon had a cold and he was first gonna go along on that chartered flight to Fargo (remember back then when charter pilots only needed a commercial and didn't need an instrument rating?), in the end decided that Waylon would ride on the old bus (think swapped seats with the the Big Bopper) and Buddy told him something to the effect of "Hope your old bus freezes" and Waylon told Buddy back "And I hope your danged old airplane crashes".

...and, of course, it did.

Melicia said...

This blog just keeps getting better. Great work.

WillyC said...

Thank you!

marietta said...


this is the sadest one way ticket i ever see.