PEEREditor: I would like to thank you for the...

PATSY AND

January 23, 1994

PATSY AND PEER

Editor: I would like to thank you for the excellent account of Patsy Cline written by Douglas Gomery and Bob Allen ["Patsy's People," Dec. 12]. It was the first article on this wonderful singer I can recall that ever mentioned her first mentor, Bill Peer.

In 1953, I was a senior at Martinsburg (W. Va.) High School and worked weekends for radio station WEPM. Bill Peer and his Melody Boys and Patsy Cline sang on the station with some regularity. After they had been teamed for awhile, it was easy to know when they were at the station. They had matching Buick Riviera hardtop sedans -- one red and white, the other black and white. . . . Bill and Patsy were both warm, down-to-earth people, easy enough for this 18-year-old to talk with, and whose music was as good then as it was later when Patsy became nationally famous. Generally, Connie B. Gay is credited with her stardom. I disagree; it was Bill Peer who discovered and nurtured her, later introducing her to Connie B. Gay. He deserves the credit.

Bill Peer and his Melody Boys (and Girls) participated in the Apple Blossom Festival parade each year and were quite popular in the entire area. He was kind enough to loan me his tux to attend my high school senior prom.

C7 Thanks again for bringing back some great memories!

Gene Edwards

Eldersburg

A LAUDABLE LESSON

Editor: I am writing to commend Mr. Wayne Hardin on a wonderful, informative Postmark article, "While Indian Searches, Few Seem to Find Him," in the Dec. 19 issue of Sun Magazine.

I live at the entrance to Clifton Park, on Belair Road. I was moved to write because for 12 years I have been fascinated by this sculpture. I never knew the history of it or its artist. I pass it many times going through the park in my car. I even remember when the sculpture was removed a few years ago. I missed it and wondered if it would be returned.

After it was replaced I noticed "the Indian," as I call it, was placed looking slightly in the other direction.

I always wondered what the sculpture signified. Sometimes I thought of him as a brave scouting for his tribe; sometimes protecting his village; sometimes searching for a lost loved one.

So thank you, Mr. Hardin, for this history lesson on something

that has become very special to me.

Cleo J. Jackson

Baltimore

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