Sunday, October 31, 2004

SEAT WTHOUT A SETTLEMENT: Vivian Distin, the first Mrs. Johnny Cash, found herself down on the San Antonio River Walk a couple of weeks ago. Fifty-three years ago before, she and the young Johnny had been walking down there, when they sat to carve their names in a bench. She was surprised to find not only was the bench still there, but the words "Johnny loves Vivian" were still legible in the cedarwood. Touched to find this link to her past, Vivian asked the local authorities if she might be allowed to pay for a replacement bench, and to keep the original. Not only did the council say 'No', they ripped the seat up and locked it away as it was now valuable. We expect they'll put it up on Ebay before the month's out.