I want to apologize to everyone who has sent an Email to me which I have not responded to. Having had the surgery, my upcoming visit with the surgeon on *Thursday, then the upcoming radiation scheduling and visits have pretty well scattered my mind. I have been feeling somewhat fatigued and distracted which is causing my concentration to be off as well. It’s just plain “old age and bad health“!
I do want to continue to search for and post some news and videos as my situation allows. I will always post when I hear from Jesse. I heard from him today through our long-time good mutual friend and he is OK.
I do read your emails and enjoy them…just not quite up to writing lengthy responses these days. I ask for your understanding and forgiveness. This too shall pass…
*My appointment with the surgeon has been changed from Wednesday to Thursday. Therefore, I will be assembling my package for Jesse on Wednesday this week in order that we can take it with us to mail out on Thursday.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2022
Below is a very well done documentary which I really like and hope everyone else will also.
Just a reminder for all of us to tune in on Graceland’s Livestream page this Saturday morning for the birthday proclamation event.
SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT
ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 2022
51 years ago, Nixon gave Elvis a badge
By Bill Carey Tennessee History For Kids
On Dec 21. 1970, a White House photographer snapped a photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon together in the Oval Office. Today, that photograph is the most requested image in the National Archives.
So what’s the story behind this meeting?
According to Jerry Schilling, a lifelong friend of Presley’s, the trip started because Presley was upset about recent publicity and family matters and wanted to get away from it all. Presley took a commercial flight from Memphis to Los Angeles, where Schilling worked, and asked him to pick him up at the airport. After Presley got a good night sleep, he and Schilling had a long talk.
“I don’t want anybody in the world to know where I am,” Presley told his friend.
Presley talked Schilling into flying with him to Washington, D.C., but didn’t say what he had in mind. Since Presley had no cash, Schilling cashed a $500 check and went with his famous friend on the plane. But the money didn’t last long. As often happened, Presley gave the $500 to a soldier coming home from Vietnam whom he met on the plane.
Presley asked the flight attendant for some stationery. He wrote a letter to President Nixon, then asked Schilling to proofread it. After they landed and checked into a hotel, they dropped off the letter at the White House.
You can read the six-page handwritten letter on the internet today. In it, Presley offers to “be of service” to Nixon in any way he can, hinting that he would like to be made a federal agent of some kind. “I would love to meet you just to say hello if you’re not too busy,” Presley concluded.
It didn’t take the White House staff too long to make time for Presley. That afternoon, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll strolled through the security entrance to the White House, wearing a dark jumpsuit, cape, sunglasses, and a large belt buckle. One of his escorts carried a box that contained Presley’s gift to Nixon: A World War II-era Colt 45 that security guards confiscated. “’No guns in the Oval Office’ was policy,” said Egil “Bud” Krogh, the White House deputy for domestic affairs. “He seemed to take that in good grace.”
A few minutes later Presley walked into the Oval Office. He and Nixon had a friendly talk about various things, including the Colt 45, the political opinions of the Beatles and Presley’s military service.
“Presley indicated to the President in a very emotional manner that he was ‘on your side,’” Krogh later wrote in an official memo. “Presley kept repeating that he wanted to be helpful, that he wanted to restore some respect for the flag which was being lost. He mentioned that he was just a poor boy from Tennessee who had gotten a lot from his country, which in some ways he wanted to repay.”
Presley brought up the subject of a souvenir, asking Nixon for a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
“Bud, can we get him a badge?” Nixon asked Krogh.
“Well, Mr. President, if you want to get him a badge, we can do that.”
“Well, get him a badge.”
Presley was grateful for this, so he stepped around the desk, put his arm around Nixon and hugged him. “One of my abiding memories while thinking, ‘This is probably the last thing I’ll ever do in the Oval Office,’ was Elvis Presley hugging Richard Nixon,” Krogh later said.
Elvis started to leave. Then he turned and asked if he could bring in his bodyguards.
In walked Presley’s two escorts, Schilling and Sonny West. “You’ve got some big ones here, Elvis,” the president said as he shook their hands.
Nixon walked behind his desk and opened the bottom drawer to give each of them a gift. Sensing there was a lot of stuff in the desk, Presley started rummaging through it.
“As the President is taking out the cufflinks and the paperweights and the golf balls, Elvis is reaching in towards the back of the drawer and taking out the real gold stuff, the valuable presents,” Krogh remembered.
“Mr. President, they have wives,” Presley said. So out came more presents.
“And after that, we got him a badge, which Elvis, apparently, carried with him for a long time,” Krogh said.
Some good news to share: Jesse called me a few minutes ago and he sounded really good. We were only able to speak for just a few minutes. He said that he is really being restricted now because of the surge in the Covid cases. Needless to say, his call has been the highlight of my day as always. I am just so thankful that he is feeling alright today.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2022
I want to let everyone know that Jesse called me earlier this evening to see what I learned from the surgeon during my visit today. We did not talk very long…he is doing well today.
I had good news to tell Jesse and it warmed my heart to hear how relieved and happy he sounded when I told him.
The surgeon told me and Tom that the pathology reports showed that the margin samples which were taken after the surgery were completely clear of the cancer. The surgeon is now referring my case to a radiologist who will evaluate to determine if I need the radiation treatments. So, now I will wait for the radiologist to contact me.
I am very thankful for the good report and I thank everyone who has expressed caring and concern for me along with their prayers.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022
I hope everyone enjoyed a good day for Jesse’s birthday and found some good Elvis movies and music to mark the day. I did get up early so that I could watch the proclamation ceremony. I did tape it while I watched it and will attempt to insert my copy below in case some did not get to see it. I hope this copy will play well…if it proves to be a poor copy, then I will delete it as there are copies of it to be seen on YouTube and on the streaming page of Graceland.
I am so very sorry that I have not been able to find a way to share the copy I recorded of the Birthday Proclamation. It is too large to load directly on my website. YouTube put many copyright claims on it because of the songs sung by Elvis.
I discovered that embedding is allowed from the streaming page of Graceland’s web site. I feel very foolish that I spent so much time trying to post my copy of the ceremony on here. Too soon old; too late smart! Ha, ha!
Be certain to use the FULL SCREEN view of the video…icon in the very bottom right corner below.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022
They certainly voted right!!!!!
THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2022
Below is an article about the coming Elvis movie by Baz Luhrmann. I am trying to reserve judgement on this movie…but it’s not easy. I sure hope it is not a hatchet job on Col. Parker.
WATCH: Baz Luhrmann gives a behind-the-scenes look at The King’s biopic.
Baz Luhrmann, the director of the 2022 biopic of Elvis Presley starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, revealed some secrets from the editing room on the late singer’s 87th birthday.
A couple of TV productions have attempted to capture the life of The King of Rock and Roll since his death 45 years ago.
Kurt Russell, whose first film role was opposite Elvis Presley in 1963’s It Happened at the World’s Fair, was one of them.
After a series of setbacks, director Baz Luhrmann’s first-ever blockbuster biopic of the singing legend’s life is finally set to hit theaters this summer. In a new video, he gives fans a glimpse into his creative process.
Elvis Presley, who only lived to be 42 years old, would have celebrated his 87th birthday yesterday.
“It is Elvis’ birthday today, and how could we possibly let the day go by without celebrating him?” Baz said in an Instagram video.
“We’re surrounded by Elvis in our creative space.
Images and the sound of his voice follow us everywhere.
And I was thinking you might be interested in taking a look around our creative space.
So, one of the things we always do is theme our environment to inspire all of the creatives who are here.”
Following that, the director of Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet began a video tour of the elaborate room inspired by Elvis Presley’s life and tastes.
Baz Luhrmann (@bazluhrmann) shared a tweet.
“So here we have our screening room, which is modeled after Elvis’ 1970s bedroom in the Hilton hotel,” Baz continued.
Another thing we like to do is have a picture wall, which you can see behind me here.
The picture wall, meanwhile, is telling a story, namely, Elvis Presley’s life story.
It is, however, entirely made up of sourced imagery.
Similarly, as you walk around the building, we cover all of our walls with newspaper articles or other materials that will inspire you.
As a result, we’re immersed in Elvis Presley’s world all the time.
Join us for a trip to Tupelo Mississippi to see the Birthplace of Elvis Presley on his Birthday Week. We will show you the whole complex and take a trip to the Cemetery to show you where Jesse is supposed to be buried.
Elvis Birthplace (2022 Birthday Week) Tupelo Mississippi
I want to share with everyone that Jesse called this afternoon and we had a very nice chat. He is doing pretty well…he said that he has ups and downs. I do fully understand what he means because I am the same way. But we do cheer each other up. Jesse was passing some comments to Tom about the current football teams. He said that he is much impressed with San Francisco. He is hoping to see the 49er’s in the Super Bowl which is not very far away. He is really wishing that he could get out and go some places just to be out and about. Winter and the Covid are hindrances right now. He said he hopes maybe in the Spring…
As always, his call was such a huge blessing to me and certainly uplifted my spirits for today. I always try to do that for him as well. Us “soul siblings” got to stick together!
On This Day: 17 January 1972
In 1972, a section of the road that Graceland was built on was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. (Jan. 17)
By Jasmine McCraven, Daily MemphianUpdated: January 16, 2022 2:24 PM CT | Published: January 16, 2022 1:06 PM CT
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