The biography, Norma, is the story of well known singer for Lawrence Welk, Norma Zimmer. One of the more poignant aspects of her story is that of her teen years. Her parents were a source of great pain to her because of their drinking. Though these years were difficult for her, she began to find an escape into a better world through singing. As a senior in high school, Norma was invited to become a featured church soloist by Carl A. Pitzer of the University Christian Church in Seattle. When her parents heard she was to sing a solo in church they both insisted they wanted to hear her, though they did not normally attend. She tells the story of that morning: I was excited and elated at the prospect of singing again. The choir processed down the middle aisle and as we walked I stole glances at the congregation, trying to find my parents . . . I couldn’t spot mom…
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