"A love for real, not fade away," Buddy Holly sang. It was supposedly the last tune he performed before he climbed into the airplane that brought him down into that cornfield in Iowa 50 years ago. Here in Rochester, the flight paths seem to carry planes over Frontier Field and, if the timing is right, directly into the setting sun. The vapor trails are left to drift in the twilight.
Buddy was a kid, just 22 years old. He left behind a young wife named Maria who blamed herself for not being there and never visited his grave. "I refused to believe he was buried," she said. "I try to remember people alive." Buddy proposed on their first date. They were married on August 15th, 1958.