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Subject: 2010, Bill Griggs inducted into BH West Texas WOF

Randy Steele
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Date Posted: Sun July 30, 2017 13:11:37

Today marks the 7th anniversary of Bill Griggs' induction into the Buddy Holly West Texas Walk of Fame. Although his health was rapidly declining, Bill was able to attend the ceremonies. It was a great day. So many fans and friends were there to celebrate Bill's day. People came from hundreds or thousands of miles away to see Bill receive this richly deserved honor.

Bill Griggs was the final inductee in the original location of the Buddy Holly statue and WOF location. The City of Lubbock officials installed his plaque on the wall for him to see, left it there for 24 hours, and then began the efforts to relocate the plaques and the statue.

The goal to see Bill inducted was 10 years in the making. Sharon Griggs and I received lots of letters and support along the way but none bigger than from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Bill Kerns. It was his voice and his support that enabled us to cross the goal line.

At the end of the day's ceremonies, a completely exhausted Bill Griggs told me that as a Buddy Holly historian, it was the best present he could ever receive. Eight months later, on March 29, 2011, Bill Griggs passed away at the age of 69.

As time passes, my respect for Bill Griggs' work, and the work of John Beecher, John Goldrosen, and so many "super fans" like Joan Turner, Chris Rees, and Kevin Terry grows exponentially. They blazed the trail, hit the road and discovered things long before you could do it with the click of of a mouse.


Randy Steele

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Re: 2010, Bill Griggs inducted into BH West Texas WOFChris ReesMon July 31, 2017 14:23:57

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