If Bill Clinton were to die, do you not think stories would note that he was the first President to be impeached (but not convicted)? Of course they would.
So why is it that when SOME celebs pass away, all that the media or fans comment on is a small portion of that person's life? Is it not relevant that besides being a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jim Ed Brown was associated for years in his business dealings with a highly controversial figure named Ed Gregory who was an ex-con and faced further accusations of criminality at the time of his own death? Why is that not relevant to the Brown story?
There are all sorts of aspects to this beyond the Jim Reeves estate, including a dinner theater in the Smoky Mountains. Also scenes that played out in Mr. Gregory's office (as related to me by someone who was associated with Ed for awhile), that portray a very different man than the entertainer people are now eulogizing.
There is a report in the newspaper of a recent hospital scene in which a Grand Ole Opry member visited Mr. Brown in his final days. It was sad and poignant to be sure. But what would fans think if they knew that the VISITOR to Jim Ed's room is a guy who beat up his girlfriend years ago?
As for Jim Ed's sister's book, it is an Alice In Wonderland tome in which she and her brother are always portrayed as the victims and she tells tall tales that are the opposite of what really happened. I can say that with confidence because I interviewed other people who were there when the incidents occurred -- including Mary Reeves, Leo Jackson and other credible people.
Even Jim Ed commented to a visitor to his home in recent years that his sister's book was largely fiction and he vowed to write his own account to set the record straight.
She wrote scathing things about Fabor Robison and accused him of framing her brother, Jim Ed, in a paternity case, in which Brown was arrested during their Abbott days. But I interviewed a well respected record industry man who BROUGHT UP the fact that he and his wife took the young woman in and let her live them them during her pregnancy. He said it was obvious Jim Ed was guilty as sin.
But Jim Ed's sis has won acclaim for her fictionalized book (presented as nonfiction), and that's how history gets distorted. Fabor was no saint, but neither was he the demon that so many people have portrayed him as in print. Myths take on a life of their own and get perpetuated by sloppy writers who accept things at face value and never probe beneath the surface to get at the facts.
In my book, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story," I tell you the unvarnished truth about a lot of people and events. I just wish Facebook sites and the Nashville media did similarly.
Again, my condolences to Jim Ed's family. I am sure he had many good and even endearing qualities. But he also had a hand in the destruction of Jim Reeves' estate and that is not something for which he should ever be given a free pass, because it was a disgrace.
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