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Ever since we entered the Wee business, we’ve been advocating for the parole of incarcerated bandleader, singer-songwriter Norman Whiteside. While the events that landed Norman in jail are tragic—the accidental shooting of an innocent teenager in 1982—the threads connecting Norman to the actual crime have frayed over time, with conspiracy theories challenged and witness statements retracted. This case is extremely complicated, and definitely worth reading up on (in places like this and this and this). The reality of the matter is, Norman Whiteside has served 30 years behind bars, during which time he has been a model inmate. His music has impacted countless individuals and his masterpiece You Can Fly On My Aeroplane remains one of the best-loved releases in the Numero catalog. Once again, Norman, his family, and his friends would appreciate you taking a moment to write the parole board on behalf of this gifted artist.
It would help to introduce yourself, explain who you are, and a quick statement of how Norman’s music has had an impact and he will be released to a world that wants him back. Here is a sample letter written by our own Jon Kirby so you can get an idea of what we’re shooting for (Rob’s letter of yesteryear can be viewed here).
To who it may concern,
I came to know of Norman Whiteside in modern times, through the enchanting music he created in the late ’70s. Only upon further research did I learn of Norman Whiteside’s reality—having been sentenced to a lengthy prison term nearly two decades before his music found me. I have followed Norman’s case and sequential parole hearings closely over the years and hope that on this occasion, you will see Mr. Whiteside fit for release. With his troubled past behind him, I shutter to think of what the gifted artist will be able to accomplish once he’s able to put music back at the center of his life. Unsung artists of Mr. Whiteside’s generation are thriving in today’s musical marketplace and I would love to see a Columbus artist of his caliber seated at that table. I hope you will strongly consider Mr. Whiteside’s release so that a new generation of potential fans (and an older generation of established fans) can experience a world wherein Norman Whiteside contributes to society in the way God intended—through his music.
Thank you for your time,
Please address written correspondence to:
Dessalines Weaver c/o Universal Support Network, PO Box 11133, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211-0133
Please address email correspondences to:
From the Family:
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