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December 30, 2004

Vocal Music Hall of Fame sued; struggling financially

WNEP-TV (PA):

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Museum in Sharon is anything but harmonic these days. Officials at the museum have called off this year's inductions at the seven-year-old Hall of Fame -- which honors doo-wop and other vocal stylists of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. But the hall has abandoned the former Willson building in Sharon and, just this week, was sued for ten-thousand dollars by James Winner, a local businessman best known as head of Winner International, the company that markets the anti-car theft device known as 'The Club.'

Winner's suit contends he lent the Hall of Fame the money to promote a 2002 concert -- and that ticket sales were supposed to be used to repay him. Robert Crosby, president and chief executive of the foundation that runs the Hall of Fame, says he wasn't aware of Winner' suit. But Crosby and others associated with the hall have accused Winner in the past of trying to cash on its success; Winner has said the hall was hopelessly mismanaged and mired in debt

Posted by acapnews at December 30, 2004 12:10 AM