Maybe you’ve heard of him and maybe you haven’t but Wayne Henderson is an extraordinary lesson in the living out of humility.
Plain. And. Simple.
Henderson lives in Rugby VA – population 7. There’s not much there save for a whole lot of Christmas trees being grown in perfectly symmetrical lines on the hills above – in fact, there’s not a whole lot of anything else for hundreds of miles in any direction.
But there is Wayne. And that’s saying a lot.
In 1994 Wayne’s life changed a bit – that’s the year Eric Clapton came across a guitar he had built and decided on the spot he HAD TO have one. Clapton’s agent finally tracked Wayne down in Rugby by phone and gave him the “good news.”
Having little idea who “Eric Chapton” was Wayne advised him to, “Tell Mr. Chapton I’ll put him on the list – but it’s kind of long . . .” The agent was never able to convince him otherwise.
You can guess some of the rest – which is documented in a best-selling book, “Clapton’s Guitar”, published by Simon and Schuster.
If it was difficult before, now it’s next to impossible to get on Wayne’s list – much less acquire a “Henderson.”
Clapton, of course, eventually did get his guitar. In fact, he got two – one of which (as promised to Wayne) was immediately auctioned off at Christies for $31,200 to benefit a charity.
But that’s just the beginning of the story . . .
(SEE PART TWO OF THREE in NEXT POST)