"She didn't even look up to see my face, she just gave the book back and there was no conversation. When you're 19, that's like a dagger in your heart. But it hardens you. The next day you're stronger."
Dolly Parton, who wants to be known as a theme park impresario and philanthropist, besides being a country music legend, is nuts about chestnuts.
She has an uncle, Bill Owens to thank for that. "Years ago, he got involved with the restoration of the chestnut tree and he asked me to lend a hand." She went the limit on that. The two of them wrote and recorded a song, "O, Chestnut Tree," available as a download.