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The backstage of the pavilion was simple with its wooden floors and temporary props. The 1964 World’s Fair of Flushing, NY would come and go and no one would remember the little five year-old girl who played with her Barbies in its grand shadow. While some country stars were just cutting ...


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Larry Lehmer

Des Moines, Iowa

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Larry Lehmer is founder and president of When Words Matter, Ltd., a company specializing in preserving personal, business and organizational histories. It is located in Des Moines, Iowa.

Larry has over 30 years of writing experience, including 24 years as a senior editor, reporter and newsroom manager at the prestigious Des Moines Register, winner of 15 Pulitzer Prizes, the top award in journalism.

A current member of the Association of Personal Historians, Larry is a past member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc.

Larry is also the author of The Day the Music Died: The Last Tour of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens (Schirmer Books), which was nominated for the Gleason Music Book Award. As a result of the book’s success, he worked with the E! cable television network in producing an episode of its Mysteries and Scandals series and was a contributor to a VH1 documentary on Buddy Holly.

Larry Lehmer

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Journalist, Writer, Historian, Author