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LET ME SUGGEST THAT Eddie Dean receive a Pulitzer Prize for “Nobody’s Patsy” (4/7). He must have grown up in Winchester, Va., during the era of Patsy Cline. Only someone with that kind of insight could have written such a well-documented story. Ever since I left there in 1952, I have always thought such an article should have been written about the city and its people. Congratulations.
I’m still boiling with rage inside about the treatment I received there in my youth. Not much has changed since then.
I grew up in Winchester and went through 12 years of school there, including Handley High School. My father carried mail in the city for 33 years, and he used to relate stories about his mail route and the small-town snobs on it. In addition, no one there will ever let me forget that my father was a “blue-collar postman.”
The annual “Byrd” Apple Blossom Festival enrages me, but I simply ignore it and the small-minded bigotry. However, let me relate one story as an example of the “blue-collar” treatment. In the sixth grade, at the Handley elementary school, one Martha Robinson, the daughter of Congressman Delmar Robinson, kept hitting me and pushing me around. Tired of it, I smacked her and received punishment from Miss Charlotte DeHart. Today, the good city fathers want to name old Virginia Avenue School the Charlotte DeHart School.
Yes, I knew Patsy Cline, and a lot of her friends as well as her enemies. She certainly showed Winchester what it stood for. Good for her, as well as for Dean’s excellent article. Keep up the good work, and may we hear and read more about the true nature of the city of Winchester, Va.
Silver Spring, Md.