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(this is a re-post of a blog I wrote in 2009 when I took my daughter to visit the Surf Ballroom and the crash site where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died here in Northern Iowa).    The path I walked yesterday was of cracked and sunbaked Iowa soil. Worn by the feet of thousands of visitors from all over the world it cuts a ten foot wide swath between two soybean fields, marked on the right as you approach by an ancient barbed wire fence and on the left by a farmer's tiny orange flags. It...

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