On the 58th anniversary of when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died, A-E realized there’s money to be made betting on details of the terrible accident. Following are the questions (and answers) readers can ask the over-imbibed: What was Buddy Holly’s real name? Charles Hardin Holly.
What was Ritchie Valens real name? Richard Steven Valenzuela. What was the Big Bopper’s real name? J.P. Richardson or Jiles Perry Richardson Jr.
The youngest victim? Valens at 17.
Where did their airplane crash? In a cornfield outside of Clear Lake, Iowa, with pilot Roger Peterson.
How did the event become known as “The Day the Music Died?” Singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to the crash in his 1971 song “American Pie.”
What other eventual star missed the flight? Country legend Waylon Jennings swapped places with Richardson and band-member Tommy Alsup flipped a coin with Valens and lost his airplane seat. The alternative was a cold uncomfortable tour bus where performer caught flu and frostbite.
Both were members of Holly’s band The Crickets.
The Beechcraft Bonanza took off from Mason City Airport at almost 2 a.m. and crashed into a Clear Lake, Iowa corn field at 170 miles per hour within minutes.
Free wagering tips for faithful readers: Don’t bet against sober imbibers who were teenagers in the late 1950s and early 1960s, such as A-E, Neighbor Bill and correspondents Richard and Pat.
Important Icelandic political issues
Icelandic President Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson admits he does not have the legal authority to ban pineapple on pizza
That admission ignited a global debate last week when President Johannesson suggested that he would ban pineapples as a pizza topping if he could.
Johannesson made the comments during a visit to a high school in Akureyri, a town in northern Iceland. The president was quizzed by students about his preferences in life — he told them that he supported the English soccer team Manchester United, for example.
However, things took a turn to the contentious when Johannesson was asked whether he liked pineapple on his pizza. According to reports in Icelandic newspapers and television, the president said he was “firmly opposed” to the idea. He then went further, suggesting that he would ban pineapples on pizza if he could.
Within hours, his opinions had caught the attention of social media, sparking a rolling debate about the merits of government intervention into pizza decision-making.
Another presidential tidbit
The president of Azerbaijan gave his wife an unusual birthday present. He named her vice president of the country.
Futurist Susanne’s peek into the future
“With dramatic changes coming in the future at an exponential rate, it’s hard to imagine what kind of life my grand kids and beyond will have and what skills they’ll need for success with jobs disappearing and being replaced with technology and disruptive business model changes! Longevity increasing and jobs disappearing is a scary combination. I feel blessed to have lived when I did, in simpler, more predictable Times:
“In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85 percent of all photo paper worldwide. Within a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years and most people won’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you might never take pictures on film again?
“Digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law: C. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.”
Susanne’s predictions will follow in future columns.
—Columnist Al Bruce lives in Canisteo. He correctly predicted every America’s Cup winning country until 1983.