I thought the story of Louanne and Lena was so poignant. Louanne was AMAZING on the Gong show, and Lena's voice also was incredible. I liked her more mature voice too. Her story was SO sad. I had to wonder if it affected Louanne (and others). I re-read your page, and the yellow dress story was touching.
I also heard on the you tube tributes to Lena, that her manager, whom she left home to live with , did not like children, only "talent" (and dogs and horses). Her cavalier attitude no doubt led partially to Lena's self-esteem problems, and it was this manger who encouraged her to diet from an early age...I could go on....glad for your input. I wondered where you were on this thread ! Glad you're back.