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Elizabeth Eaton Converse born August 3,disappearedknown professionally as Connie Conversewas an American singer-songwriter and musicianactive in New York City in the s. Her work is among the earliest-known recordings of the singer-songwriter genre of music. Converse left her family home in in search of a new life and was not heard from again. Converse was born in Laconia, New Hampshire in She was raised in Concord, New Hampshire as the middle child in a strict Baptist family; her father was a minister and her mother was "musical", according to music historian David Garland.
Converse attended Concord High Schoolwhere she was valedictorian and won eight academic awards,  including an academic scholarship to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
She began writing songs and performing them for friends, accompanying herself on guitar. Converse's only known public performance was a brief television appearance in on The Morning Show on CBS with Walter Cronkitewhich graphic artist Gene Deitch had helped to arrange. That year, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michiganwhere her brother Philip was a professor of political science at the University of Michigan.
Converse worked in a secretarial job, and then as a writer for and Managing Editor of Somethings Wrong In California - Connie Eaton - Ive Got Life To Live Journal of Conflict Resolution in Converse was very private about her personal life.
According to Deitch, she would respond to questions about her personal life with curt "yes" or "no" answers. Both Deitch and Connie's brother Philip have said it is possible she might have been gayalthough she never confirmed or denied this notion.
ByConverse was burnt out and depressed. The offices of The Journal of Conflict Resolutionwhich meant so much to her, left Michigan for Yale at the end ofafter being "auctioned off" without her knowledge. Converse's colleagues and friends pooled their money to give her a six-month trip to England in hopes of improving her mood, to no avail.
Her displeasure with the trip appeared to have contributed to her decision to disappear. Around that time, Converse was told by doctors that she needed a hysterectomyand the information appeared to I Need A Man - Grace Jones - Island Life devastated her.
In AugustConverse wrote a series of letters to her family and friends, discussing her intention Somethings Wrong In California - Connie Eaton - Ive Got Life To Live make a new life somewhere else. She wrote, "Let me go. Let me be if I can. Converse was expected to go on an annual family trip to a lake, but by the time the letters were delivered, she had packed her belongings in her Volkswagen Beetle and driven away, never to be heard from again. Several years after she left, someone told her brother Philip that they had seen a phone book listing for "Elizabeth Converse" in either Kansas or Oklahomabut he never pursued the lead.
The investigator told the family, however, that even if he did find her, it was her right to disappear, and he could not simply bring her back. Philip suspects she may have taken her own life —he specifically thinks she may have driven her car into a body of water—but her actual fate remains unknown.
Garland Love Is - Dj Gloor - Various explored the mystery surrounding her disappearance with recordings from Philip Converse and readings of her letters by actress Amber Benson.
Apart from her appearance on The Morning Show and a performance of her music in by folksinger Susan Reed at the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York, Converse's music was not available to the public until it resurfaced in But everything we value in singer-songwriters today—personal perspective, insight, originality, empathy, intelligence, wry humor—was abundant in her music.
Converse's life and music have served as the inspiration for numerous contemporary artistic works, including a play by Howard Fishmanwho also produced the album Connie's Piano Songs featuring music written but never recorded by Converse. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Connie Converse. BBC News. Retrieved 1 October San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 9 August The Awl. Retrieved 1 June Retrieved 8 August The Journal of Conflict Resolution. Spinning on Air.
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