My grandson, Gabe, held Grandparents Day in his hospital room prior to surgery on November 25th. His mom’s parents, Nancy and Gary Henrich, were there along with his Whispering Paw Paw. Note that Gabe and I have on matching hospital bracelets, as we were both having procedures done that day. Below, big brother Blake came by, but couldn’t quite fit his 6’5″ frame onto Gabe’s bed. At the recent Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame I had a chance to visit with fellow HOF members Charley Pride, Randy Owen, and Jimmy Fortune. And as you can tell from the last picture, it was a windy day when comedian Gary MuleDeer and I caught up with each other at the Grand Ole Opry!!
I was extremely saddened by the news of Mac Wiseman’s passing over the weekend. My relationship with him went all the way back into the late fifties when he was an executive with Dot Records and called me at WJJC in Commerce wanting to buy my master recording of “City Lights” for his label. When I told him Ray Price had just covered it for Columbia Records, he laughed and said, “Well, never mind!” I worked with Mac when he ran the Wheeling Jamboree, toured with him on many occasions, and welcomed him several times to the circle on Country’s Family Reunion. He probably knew more songs than anyone in country music, and he loved to share them with his friends. He was truly a gentleman in every sense of the word. We’ll miss you, Mac. Thanks for blessing us with your music…and for allowing me to be a small part of your world.