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THE ROY ORBISON MUSEUM
Wink, Texas

Roy Orbison Museum
The Roy Orbison Museum in Downtown Wink
Photo courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
If you are old enough, you've heard Wink mentioned for being Roy Orbison's boyhood home. If you're like most people, while you were on the way to get an atlas you probably got distracted, so you're still unaware of exactly where Wink is. If you're young enough, you'll probably ask Roy who?

Roy Orbison was born in April 23, 1936 in Vernon

Wink, Texas
Winkler County,
West Texas
Hwy 115 and FM 1232
7 miles SW of Kermit
54 miles W of Odessa
73 miles W of Midland

51 miles NE of Pecos
Roy Orbison without hist trademark sunglasses, 1960
Roy Orbison in 1960 without his trademark sunglasses

"This picture was taken with a polaroid camera around 1960, when I was about 21 and Roy was around 24 years old, in the Gator Bowl football stadium. The stadium is now the Alltel Stadium, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was doing a show that night with a big group of entertainers. At that time I was playing in a local band and knew many of the promoters so I was able to get into the dressing room to meet Roy. A friend of mine snapped the picture right after Roy took his glasses off and held them behind my back for the picture.

I have met several celebrities in my 66 years of existence but this picture is one of my most prized possessions. I thought this photo may be unusual because I don't recall seeing Roy without his glasses at this age.

This picture is a "treasure" to me and I hope it can be preserved and enjoyed by others in the future. I put both our names on this photo. I also have this without our names. You, and/or any other interested party, have my permission to use this photo in any way that would promote Roy Orbison's image in a positive or favorable manner, without further permission from me.

- David Coffield, Jacksonville, Florida, May 14, 2005"

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Wink Texas downtown
Downtown Wink
with Roy Orbison Museum on far right of line of buildings
Photo courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp

For Wink information, please contact:
City Hall - 213 E. Hendricks, 915-527-3441

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  • I am watching a Roy Orbison concert special on National Public Television. I decided to search for information about Roy. I found his home town of Wink, Texas and was entertained by the historical notes about Wink. I also noted the 'Roy Orbison Museum' located there which I will remember to visit when I travel through Texas. Thank You - V, Seattle, Washington, 11/Jun/2002

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