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And so it ends, until
we meet again for EW04 . . .
I had a wonderful time,
sharing stories from my new novel, AROUND ELVIS, and I have been overwhelmed
with kind words and good reviews.
I met so many of you that
I have been corresponding with on the worldwide net and embraced many dear
friends and acquaintances. "King Dog James" from Corinth, MS, the
first person that bought my book, drove 100 miles so I could sign it. I got
to dance and collect kisses from all the lovely ladies and embrace my good
missed a lot of the events, while perched in our Harum Scarum tent on E.P Blvd,
but I had some special moments along the way that will last forever.
me ELVIS WEEK means quality time spent with the beloved Patsy Andersen, whom
I absolutely adore. It was my greatest joy as an author to have touched her
heart when I read to her the excerpt from my book that extols her magnificence
while we were at the Grand Casino for the Fan Club Choice Awards . . .
I couldnt have done a better job
scripting the speech given by the Reverend Mother Dolores Hart. (In fact some
later accused me of writing it.) Her memories of ELVIS passionate side
was evident, as she freely expressed the desires she had (has) for this King.
among men. Ann-Margaret also sent a video missive to ELVIS and the fans, and
her beautiful spirit shone in her eyes as she spoke of their loving bond.
worst part of the luncheon for me was standing next to Wink Martindale and looking
like his older brother; I have to find out who his sorcerer is . . . (That's
why I put Steve in there for the photo.) He handled himself with humor and élan,
while probing his wife Sandy for the romantic details of her nights dating ELVIS
. . . I had a great chat with the always charming Scotty Moore and saw D.J and
Karen Fontana again. I was impressed that all of the honored guests were so
accessible and gracious to the fans.
got to sing my version of Fire Down Below, on the FOX 13 Breakfast
on Beale Show, and was interviewed by the enchanting Valerie Calhoun.
Later, I got to turn the tables and interview the vivacious Anna Marie Hartman
from Channel 5 News in Memphis. She is the significant other of The Dempseys
lead guitarist, Brad Birkendahl.
many people I was disgusted by the goings on around the tent in the Crossing.
The security and police were out in full force, but only to stop anyone from
passing out promotional material. I understand that they must protect the corporate
interests and see to it that fans spend their money in E.P.E shops, and not
with independent peddlers. But to say that we couldnt pass out a CD to
a friend, as I have done thousands of times over the years, or even to share
copies of my poem, All These Years of Tears, is overkill. Its a
shame that they were not as attentive to keeping fans safe from all the drunken
buffoons that staggered around every night, making those around them miserable.
I was also off put by the dictatorial rule
of the stage. I doubt ten different people got up to sing all week. Each night
all the singers were told that there was no list; that only certain people
would be going up for hours and hours, night after night, singing the same
songs over and over again. It was a boring format and left fans sitting on
their hands. Even ELVIS didnt do 3 and 4-hour shows. The favoritism
was evident, as certain people were freely given access, while others were
denied all week, no matter how far they had traveled or how many people wanted
them to go up there. I was fortunate enough to have been requested enough
to be allowed 1 trip to the stage, but then I wasn't asking. It was a much
better time for all, back when everyone got up and did 2 songs then split.
I hope that by next year the powers that be are replaced with a system of
fair treatment that allows for everyone to get up and sing in the tent that
am so thrilled when someone reads or listens to my creative works. They are
the revelations of my soul . . . particularly when the creation is a tribute
to ELVIS. I wish I could make a million CDs and books and give them all away,
so everyone could share my expression of devotion to ELVIS. I am glad that the
monetary process did not stop us from connecting emotionally. I can only express
my appreciation to you by creating a product that you will cherish and ELVIS
would be proud of. On behalf of all who are involved with this project, the
officers of the fan club, my publishing & production staff, management team,
and legal counsel, I offer my deep gratitude for your support.
From my heart to yours,