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Hank Williams: a generational icon?

Interesting random cultural thought of the week.

Background: I'm listening to some digitized recordings from my Daddy's dozens of old cassette tapes. Thanks to a young cousin in the media industry.

The first one, chosen at random, has a 20 minute - what we would call today - infomercial. The ad is for a Hank Williams biography called "The Legend" released in 1972, 19 years after his death.

Did you know that 23,000 attended Hank's funeral? Or that 60,000 attended the unveiling of his monument a year later?

It struck me how similar this infomercial was to our own Facebook posts when we remember beloved artists and sports figures.

It made me wonder, was Hank Williams' death the "Woodstock" for the Korean War generation?

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