The case of a long lost letter





The late Frank Ayres, a long time Jim Reeves fan, submitted a story about a long lost letter he found again, and wished to share it with the members of the fan club. His story  was published in an issue of the fan club magazine almost 21 years ago.

If the text of thÝs story is familiar to you and you wonder where you could have read it, it was published in a aproximate 672 page book about Jim Reeves, three years ago. No credit was given to either Mr. Frank Ayres or the fan club magazine.

Usually, those kinds of books (or stories) have many references to the sources of the material. It's called attribution, and is a standard practice among professional writers. With references, readers are able to do further research on their own, or check the writer's work for accuracy. References are used for quotations, venues, and the like.

Although that particular book  informs the readers that a particular interview was done especially for that book, it gives no references: no time, no date, no place, no mention of the people involved in the interview.

Readers may, unfortunately, get the wrong idea that all the interviews in that book were conducted exclusively by the writer of the book.

The writer of the book didn't understand what Mr. Ayres meant in the fan club article with the words "at the time". Mr. Frank Ayres was not referring to 1964, but to 1979. A small, but important error by the writer of the book, who claims to be a historian on Jim Reeves.

I wish the author of the book had contacted me about using the article; he would not have made the mistakes which are so obvious.

Although what Mr. Crozier tells about Jim Reeves in the book is not different from the article in the fan club magazine, the information about Mr. Crozier is.

In 1979 Mr. Crozier was working as an announcer at a  local radio station in the Sheffield & Rotherham area when he was contacted by Mr. Frank Ayres and wrote the letter.

In 1964 Mr. Crozier was presenter at the British Forces Broadcasting Service in  Germany. The BFBS had regional studios and transmitters in Colgne and Bremen.

So, you see, the difference between "at that time" was more than the difference in time between 1964 and 1979. It was also a difference in place, or country: Germany and the UK.

It is very likely that the writer of the book  has made more errors in the book, stemming from reading errors.  Without references, it is difficult, but not impossible, to find these errors and correct them.

In issue 143, at the 40th anniversary of the fan club, which is BTW the longest running Jim Reeves fan organisation in the world, we'll update the story with exiting news about the BFBS program "JIM REEVES - PORTRAIT IN MUSIC", the one Mr. Crozier was referring to in the article.