Buddy Holly's Glasses Were Found In Iowa 21 Years After His Death

By Karen Harris
Buddy Holly's glasses are now on display in Lubbock. (en.wikipedia.org)

In the wee hours of the morning on February 3, 1959, an airplane carrying three of the hottest entertainers of the day crashed into a snowy cornfield just outside Clear Lake, Iowa. The Beechcraft Bonanza, piloted by Roger Patterson, slammed into the ground so hard that all three passengers—Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens—as well as the pilot were killed on impact. The force was so powerful that debris and wreckage was scattered over a 300-yard area, and some items weren't recovered until after the spring thaw. That included Buddy Holly's glasses, which were quickly lost again until they were found 21 years later. Let's look at this iconic pair of lost and found glasses, the role they played in the making of Buddy Holly, and what happened the day the music died.