The first wife of the late singer Johnny Cash says she would like to own the San Antonio River Walk bench that she and Cash carved their names on in 1951 - but city officials say that's unlikely.(Full text continued at Kansas City Star website.)
Vivian Distin told the San Antonio Express-News she rediscovered the bench two weeks ago during a visit to San Antonio and asked city officials if she could have it if she paid to replace it. The city, realizing the bench's historic value, quickly locked it away in a storage room out of fear that someone would steal or damage it, the paper reported Friday.
This is absolutely crazy. The city of San Antonio should use this as an opportunity to celebrate and honor Johnny Cash and the role that his time in the military, based in San Antonio, had on his career. I think that the city should hold a big party in Cash's honor and present Distin with the bench. But, no, they choose to lock it up instead. Distin even offered to pay to have the bench replaced. I guarantee that there is no one on the planet for whom that bench hold more value than it does for Distin.
I think it's absolutely terrible that the city won't sell her the bench. After reading how cold-hearted the city officials appear to be, I'm surprised that they didn't arrest Distin and charge her with vandalization of city property.
Yes, the bench is the property of the city of San Antonio and, as such, the city can do with it whatever the city wants to do with it. However, if there has ever been a time for common sense to prevail and make an old woman happy, this is the time. Let the lady have the bench.