Doc Hendley: Founder of Wine to Water

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It was in December of 2003 when Doc Hendley -- named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 -- heard the phrase, "Wine to Water," repeating itself over and over in his head.

Hendley had no idea what it meant, he said at the July 20 opening of the "Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students,” cosponsored by the Center for the Environment at Catawba College and Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado.

Struggling as a senior communications major at N.C. State University at the time, he was on break, staying at his parents' house in Boone trying to go to sleep when he heard the three words that would change his life.

A songwriter/musician, Hendley thought they might be the start of some new lyrics and picked up a pencil and pad he kept by his bed and wrote "Wine to Water" with a big question mark underneath.