‘Country Roads’ Is Well Known

Editor, News-Register:

Open letter to West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby:

Chelsea: In the Sunday (11/19) edition of the Wheeling News-Register you were given a Pat-on-the-Back for having a hand in purchasing the right to use John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” in state tourism promotions. In the article you are quoted to say, “Country Roads has become synonymous with West Virginia all over the world.”

As evidence of your conviction, please review my message below:

Several years ago a group of technology companies were sent to Japan in an effort to promote technology partnerships with Japanese companies. My wife and I were chosen to make the trip representing the company that I worked for at the time. One night our group went to dinner at a small mom & pop restaurant where we met up with a Japanese softball team that was just leaving the restaurant after having played a game that evening. There was no one in our group that spoke any Japanese and none of the baseball players spoke a word of English. Somehow we were able to communicate the fact that we were from West Virginia.

With that, the entire team broke out in song and sang the entire English version of Country Roads. Testimony that yes, the song has become synonymous with West Virginia all over the world.

Tom Dailer