The city of Lubbock is currently in negotiations with Buddy Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly over the use of his name at the Buddy Holly Center. Both sides said they are still in the talking stages and couldn't give any specifics, but they did say they are optimistic an agreement will be reached soon.
Next month marks 50th anniversary of the "Day the Music Died." While Buddy
Holly's death was felt around the world, his ties to Lubbock made him especially well known here. That is why 10-years ago the city of Lubbock opened the Buddy Holly Center in downtown LUbbock. At that time the city negotiated an agreement with his widow, Maria Elena Holly, to use the influential rocker's name.
February 3, 2009 will be the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death as well as the expiration date of the city's previous agreement with Holly's widow. Now the city of Lubbock and Maria Elena Holly are working to try and reach a new agreement that would allow the Buddy Holly Center to keep its name for 10-years. "Mrs. Holly's attorney, a gentleman who has had a great deal of experience in issues like this, issued a statement that said he is of the opinion that an agreement is imminent and I could not have been happier," said City Councilman Paul Beane who is heading up the negotiations for the city.
"We are in negotiations. I'm very positive, and I think it could happen very soon," said Maria Elena Holly. She believes her late husband would be happy for the city to continue to use his name in relation to the Buddy Holly Center. "Buddy loved Lubbock, and the "Who World" knows Lubbock through Buddy Holly," she said.
Maria Elena Holly says these negotiations are exclusive to the Buddy Holly Center, and if his name is to be used for other purposes, they would have to negotiate a separate agreement. NewsChannel 11 asked both sides what would happen if they did not reach an agreement, but no one gave a straight answer.
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