Class of ’48 recalls memories of Petty during reunion

Vera Mathwich, left, and Carl Lott, right, take a break during a tour of the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum as part of their 60th class reunion. Mathwich said Petty helped her overcome her fears of the microphone when they worked at

Gabriel Monte

Vera Mathwich remembers Norman Petty as a brilliant musician and a helpful co-worker.

She said the legendary music producer helped her overcome her fear of speaking into a microphone when they worked at the KICA radio station on Main Street, now the present location of the Crafters Mall.

A member of the Clovis High School graduating class of 1948, Mathwich said she wrote copy for advertisements and Petty was the music director and sound engineer.

Mathwich and about 20 of her classmates celebrated their class’ 60th reunion.

As part of the reunion, 12 class members took a tour Saturday of the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum located beneath the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce office.

Petty, famous for producing records with Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, graduated from Clovis High School in 1946.

“He would always say he would have a recording studio,” Mathwich said.

Dragging on Main Street was a popular past time for Clovis youth at the time, said class member Carl Lott. And when Clovis youth would parade their cars along Main Street, Mathwich said Petty would play songs for them on the radio.

“Norman was a real neat guy,” she said.

Jane Ann Berry who now lives in Plainview, said Clovis is much bigger