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If I Could Say One Thing…

If I could say one thing to Don Everly and Betty White…

“Nothing has changed. I’m still your fan.”



RIP Don Everly (February 1, 1937 – August 21, 2021)

RIP Betty Marion White (January 17, 1922 – December 31, 2021)

Did you really think that was the end of this post?

When someone dies, particularly a celebrity, it’s a big deal to me. I think it could perhaps be that it shows that they are just human, like the rest of us, and not exempt from mortality.

I had a bad feeling that Don Everly was going to die before September. The feeling started just before I left California and intensified when I got to Massachusetts, as plans for the Festival in Iowa were being made. Note that I have absolutely no inside connections to the Everlys, nor was I getting any information on Don’s health status from other fans. I just “felt like” Don was going to pass away before the Festival in Shenandoah. I can’t explain it. I didn’t want to think about it, really, but I just remember thinking, that was going to be the case.

I also knew that when I found out about his passing, it would not be from TV or the internet. I knew that my friend who works as a music preservationist was going to DM me and tell me the news.

I don’t know how I “foresaw” any of this. I’m not trying to say that I’m psychic, because I’m not. I don’t even believe in psychics. Prior to it happening, I wasn’t sitting there saying to myself “THIS is exactly how it’s going to happen, it’s gonna be like this…” It was more of a feeling. It was like something was telling me in the back of my mind. And my logical self was thinking, “You’re just feeling this because he’s old and it’s a concern for anyone of his age. He could live to be 100. Who knows?”

But just weeks before Shenfest, I got the news, from my friend, like I knew I would, that Don Everly had died. I remember in addition to feeling sad, I was surprised that my premonition came true. I keep telling myself it must just be a coincidence, that’s all.

I didn’t watch or read the news at all that day. I just couldn’t bear to.

I never had this kinda thing happen before. I have had dreams that I couldn’t explain, but never a feeling so right on that the event I was predicting actually happened.

When Betty White died, it was exactly the opposite of my experience with Don Everly’s death.

The morning of December 31, 2021, I was on Twitter and I saw Betty White was trending. I tweeted: “Betty White is trending! That’s always a good thing.” and I put a gif of a sly-looking Betty toasting with a drink.

“That’s always a good thing!” That’s how sure I was that Betty was going to see her 100th Birthday in all it’s Glory on January 17, 2022. I had no, no, no bad feeling that something had happened to her even when I saw her name trending on Twitter. Nope! I merely thought people were just tweeting about her upcoming 100th Birthday Celebration.

Immediately, people started tweeting me back saying “No, this is NOT a good thing!” Then I looked at the trending column again and son-of-a-bitch, it said “RIP Queen”.

“RIP Queen?” I thought. “Queen the band?” I was paying tribute to Betty by being as slow as her Golden Girls character Rose Nylund. I couldn’t catch on that the news was Betty White was dead!

When I finally realized what was happening, my thoughts were like:

No, that can’t be… She’s going to have her 100th Birthday. Besides, Betty White doesn’t just die. She’s Betty White, for God’s Sake!!!

It took me a few hours to even realize it was real, even though it was coming across on reliable news sources like CNN. I was in denial, but not only because I, like so many millions, adored Betty White, but because I hadn’t the slightest inkling that she was going to pass away anytime soon. In fact, I thought if anyone makes it to 120, it would be her!

If you want me to explain why I knew Don was going to die as opposed to why I had no idea about Betty, you’re outta luck. I don’t know. I have no explanation. All I’m doing here is sharing my experience.

Two of my very favorite stars dead in the same miserable year. And Betty on the last day of 2021, no less.

So now we live in a COVID-ridden, technology-driven, Everly Brothers and Betty Whiteless world. And I thought I was depressed one year ago. My New Years Day posts keep out-shitting themselves.

Now it’s the end of this post.

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