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The Story of Val Stoecklein’s Grey Life, the Best Album You Never Heard

By Keven McAlester

Eleven years ago, the lonely life of Valerian Richard Stoecklein came to a quiet and unremarked end. The stocky, graying man kept to himself, mostly. Sometimes you’d see him walking the streets of Hutchinson, the quiet southern Kansas town where he lived. Sometimes people would bang at his door, hoping to coax Val out of bed. Sometimes he’d… read more

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