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CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS DECEMBER, 2015 – cont’d

Choose who must hold the title of the king!  There are only 13 days left to vote!! Please don’t miss a single day!

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VISIT “THE KING OF MUSIC” POLLING SITE AND VOTE FOR ELVIS EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR 2015.  WE SIMPLY CANNOT LET ANYONE ELSE CLAIM ELVIS’ RIGHTFUL TITLE.  BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE SITE FOR VOTING:

http://thekingofmusic.com/

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015

Yesterday was an anniversary for Elvis…as per the following item from the Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis, TN.  Charities were always a very important part of Elvis’ generosity and his giving at Christmas was a tradition dating all the way back to 1956.

Mid-South Memories: Dec. 18

50 years ago: 1965

Elvis Presley yesterday made one of his largest contributions to charity since he rose from a truck driver to a multi-millionaire singer-actor. Checks totaling more than $101,000 were given or mailed to charities in Memphis, the Mid-South, Los Angeles, Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City, Kansas. Memphis charities totaled 37 this year. It is the 10th year in which Elvis has made large contributions to Memphis charities at Christmas.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/midsouth-memories/mid-south-memories-dec-18-26f600d0-7dce-084a-e053-0100007fded2-362865561.html

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20. 2015

My friend, Lisa, shared the following beautiful Elvis item with me on Facebook.  This is so inspirational to us all…especially for all those among us who have ever wanted to just give up.  

My thanks to Lisa.

This photo belongs to Elvis For Always.

Elvis...an inspiration to us all.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015

It is a rainy early Monday morning at Graceland.  Enjoy the live web cam.

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Today, December 21st,  is the 45th anniversary of Elvis’ visit with President Nixon.  Below is one of the photos of that historic meeting.

The Nixon Presley Meeting photo

Of all the requests made each year to the National Archives for reproductions of photographs and documents, one item has been requested more than any other. That item, more requested than the Bill of Rights or even the Constitution of the United States, is the photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard M. Nixon shaking hands on the occasion of Presley’s visit to the White House.

You may view 28 different photos of the meeting at the following site where you may also view all of the documents related to that visit…including Elvis’ lengthy handwritten letter to Pres. Nixon.

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nsa/elvis/elnix.html

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2015

My friend on Facebook, Natalie, shared the below Elvis snowman with me and I like it so much that I want to place it here for Jesse and all my visitors to enjoy.  My thanks to Natalie for sharing.

Elvis snowman

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Christmas is drawing so near and we are all so busy and rushed this week.  I want to take time out to wish all of my visitors a most blessed and Merry Christmas.  Please enjoy this song by Elvis as my Christmas “card” to each of you.  This is one of my favorite Elvis songs.  

Elvis Presley – If I Get Home On Christmas Day

My friend on Facebook, Jeannette, shared the following photos with me.  This is an addendum to my article which I posted yesterday regarding the anniversary of Elvis’ visit in the White House with Pres. Nixon.  My thanks to Jeannette as always.

Gun Elvis gave President Nixon

Elvis' federal badge given by Pres. Nixon

Guitar MAN

Elvis meets Nixon 21 December 1970 TLC.M.Anne

THIS IS THE GIFT ELVIS GAVE PRESIDENT NIXON ON THAT DAY…A COMMEMORATIVE WORLD WAR II-era COLT .45 PISTOL :

THIS IS THE FEDERAL AGENT BADGE THAT THE PRESIDENT GAVE TO ELVIS :

TLC.M.Anne

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I always love hearing the recollections of people who were fortunate enough to meet Elvis.  This memory from Kurt Russell is one of those very special stories.

Kurt Russell Recalls Encounter With His Dad And Elvis Presley

Date: 12/17/2015

Description: Legendary actor Kurt Russell talks about Elvis getting starstruck when he met his father, Bing Russell.

Author: Campus Insiders;

http://fatcatvideo.net/Home/VideoDetail?Id=3144686

Below is the transcript of another interview with Kurt Russell about the first time he met Elvis.  Very nice memories!

Exclusive: Kurt Russell Recalls His Encounter With Elvis

POSTED BY MELISSA MOLINA ON FEBRUARY – 13 – 2014

Actor Kurt Russell is known for a myriad of roles in various movies that span throughout his 52 year career.

When Kurt Russell first started his career, he appeared in a number of television shows and supporting roles in a couple of movies. Not many people realize this, but when Kurt Russell was 10 years old, he was able to act alongside the King himself, Elvis Presley in “It Happened at the World’s Fair.” My curiosity on his encounter with Elvis got the better of me at “The Art of the Steal” interview, proceeding to ask him a question remembering anything from his interaction with the legendary musician. When the topic of Elvis came up, he leaned up against the wall, a small twinkle gleamed in his eye as a smile spread across his face.

“It was my first brush with a real celebrity. I’ve never seen anything having to do with a real celebrity before. I didn’t really know who Elvis Presley was. I was a 10 year old kid. I knew Elvis Presley was a name that everybody knew. If I’d seen him, I didn’t know it. I wasn’t into music and I didn’t listen to music that much. So the first time he came on the set, a car went on the set, round 5000 women just broke through there and jumped on his car. We were all staring and I was thinking what’s going on there. This guy says ‘Well that’s Elvis. We won’t be able to get him in on this round.’ They backed the car up… it was just watching them attack the car. Wow. To a 10 year old kid it’s like ‘What are they doing? What are they thinking?’ He came out later, through a different way, and he’s just this really nice guy. I was just this kid and I asked him ‘What’s the deal with all those girls jumping on your car?’ He could see that I was just this innocent kid and responded with ‘Ah they get crazy.’ I told him ‘You should never come in that way again, you know.’ So I remember that. I remembered him having his car completely jumped up with girls.”

If you want to see the cute scene between a 10-year-old Kurt Russell and the King, check out the video clip on this link here.

Read more: http://www.shockya.com/news/2014/02/13/exclusive-kurt-russell-encounter-with-elvis/#ixzz3v7BcL4T0

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015

CHRISTMAS EVE

I am happy to share with everyone that Jesse did phone Tom and me late this afternoon and he sounded so good.  The sad thing is that we were not home and so he left us a sweet lengthy message.  We were away for a family supper and a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  Needless to say, his call was the highlight of my Christmas and it breaks my heart that I was not here to speak with him.  He said that he will try to call again but he does not think that he will have the opportunity to call us tomorrow.  

Jesse specifically asked me to relay his thanks to every person who sent him something for Christmas.  He does appreciate everything so sincerely.

I hope that everyone who visits my web site will be blessed with a wonderful Christmas day tomorrow.

Love, light and peace to all,

Linda

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2015

Elvis’ Jewelry Up for Auction at Graceland in January

Dec 28, 2015 8:43 AM   By Rapaport News

RAPAPORT… Jewelry and watches owned by Elvis Presley will be among items auctioned at the American singer and actor’s Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee, next month.

“The Auction at Graceland” on January 7 will offer a gold, diamond and rock crystal quartz ring gifted by Elvis to his friend Linda Thompson, estimated at $15,000 to $20,000, according to a statement December 15. Also up for bids is a 14-karat gold necklace gifted to bodyguard Sam Thompson featuring the initials “TCB,” estimated at $12,000 to $15,000.

Other lots include a gold Baume & Mercier watch gifted by Elvis to Armond Morales, a member of the band The Imperials, at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1969, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, and a 1973 gold Omega TC1 digital watch with an inscription, gifted to musician and friend Charlie Hodge, estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

The most valuable item at the event, Elvis’ guitar used on stage at the 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert, is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000. It was given to a fan in the front row at a concert in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1975.

The sale, run by Graceland Auctions, allows bids online and in person at the mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. Select artifacts are on view until January 7 at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum.

 http://www.diamonds.net/News/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=54197&ArticleTitle=Elvis%E2%80%99+Jewelry+Up+for+Auction+at+Graceland+in+January

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Elvis Birthday Celebration

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2015

I apologize to my visitors that I have not been as active on my site for the last few days.  I have been giving my painful wrist and arm a rest.  I have a recurring condition  for which I had surgery years ago.  It flares up from time to time and sometimes requires injections.  So far, I have been just staying away from the computer, wearing a brace, and using ice packs.  

Then too, the hustle and bustle of Christmas has taken most of my time.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

I wish everyone a most blessed, healthy, prosperous and happy New Year 2016.

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I just enjoyed reading the following article and am sharing it here for others to enjoy.  

An Irishman’s Diary about Elvis Presley and ‘If I Can Dream’

The King and I

“Elvis Presley, so often accused of singing ‘the devil’s music’, was, in truth, and in essence, a spiritual seeker”

“Elvis Presley, so often accused of singing ‘the devil’s music’, was, in truth, and in essence, a spiritual seeker”

In this Irishman’s diary of 1968 on December 4th, there is the following entry. “God, how brilliant can a singer get? After twelve years as the reigning king, Elvis releases his masterpiece, If I Can Dream. It’s all about a time when there will be peace all over the world, or somewhere. I nearly passed out when I heard it for the first time tonight.”

The song instantly made me decide, “(1) to go out tomorrow night and collect money door-to-door for the starving children in Biafra and (2) to finally commit to my dream of becoming a journalist.”

If I Can Dream also became my theme song, which it remains, and one particular couplet I’ll quote later remains my motto and I want on my tombstone.

How’s that for taking to heart a song that this year, somewhat belatedly, finally topped charts all over the world – in ’68/’69 it didn’t even make the Top Ten – as the title track on an Elvis album for which the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra provided new backings.

But let’s look at the song’s fascinating genesis and trajectory. If I Can Dreamwas chosen to close what has since come to be called Elvis’s Comeback TV Special in 1968. Back then I read that while recording the black-leather-suit live segment, and waiting for the cameras to resume shooting, he casually sang a few lines from Richard Harris’s current hit, Macarthurs Park. The show was focusing mostly on Elvis’s Fifties rock ’n’roll hits but after hearing that, the show’s director, Steve Binder, then reportedly asked Elvis if he would record such contemporary material. “Absolutely, ” Presley replied, “but no one sends me such songs.” Binder asked W Earl Brown, who conceived the gospel medley for the show, which included his own song, Up Above My Head, to write that kind of song.

But there’s more to the story than that. On June 5th, 1968, two days after Presley attended the first meeting about the TV special – he warmed to the idea that it would be based on the theme of Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1908 play,The Blue Bird, which tells of a young man who travels the world only to find true happiness when he returns home – Robert Kennedy was assassinated. This disturbed Elvis as deeply as the fact that three months earlier Martin Luther King had been murdered in Memphis. Binder talked with Presley about such matters and decided the show needed a closing song that would “capture something of his unexpectedly idealistic sentiments”. Maybe something along the lines of You’ll Never Walk Alone, a song Elvis had always loved and recently released as a single.

Even so, the phrase “idealistic sentiments,” barely scratches the surface of the true nature of Elvis Presley’s soul. Although raised in a Pentecostal religion – it gave him his life-long love of gospel music which informed all his singing and songs – by 1968, Presley was four years into his exploration of alternative theologies and ideologies, largely New Age. He loved Joseph Benner’s book,The Impersonal Life, and Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, and often visited the latter’s Self Realisation Centre in LA.

Put another way, Presley, so often accused of singing “the devil’s music”, was, in truth, and in essence, a spiritual seeker, in a pan-denominational even post-denominational 21st-century sense. Circa 1964, he wrote on a page of David Anrias’s book, Through the Eyes of the Masters: Meditations and Portraits: “God loves you. But he loves you best when you sing.”

It is not surprising that while recording If I Can Dream – against the wishes of manager Colonel Tom Parker who said, “That ain’t Elvis’s kind of song” – he ended up curled foetal-style on the floor of a darkened studio wailing out its soulful lyrics. All of the backing singers, the Blossoms, had tears streaming down their cheeks and one, Darlene Love, said, “He really loves the song, really believes in the song, he means every word.”

Why wouldn’t he? The composer had tapped into Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and a Robert Kennedy speech in which he quoted a speech his brother JFK gave in Leinster House. JFK said, “George Bernard Shaw, speaking as an Irishman, summed up his approach to life: Other people, he said, “see things and say, ‘Why?’ but I dream things that never were – and I say: ‘Why not.”

But to me the best part of the story is the fact that Elvis added the final word in the part of the song that became my motto. Browne wrote, “As long as a man has the strength to dream/ He can redeem his soul and life” but Elvis sings “and fly”.

That word change tells us all we need to know about Elvis Presley.

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/an-irishman-s-diary-about-elvis-presley-and-if-i-can-dream-1.2477803

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Ashley Oñoz-Wright, Vegas Insider

Fainting couches, aka '57 Chevy seats at the Elvis Presley drive-in theater. Photo courtesy of Ashley Oñoz-Wright/Vegas.com.

Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition

I grew up listening to my mom blast Elvis records on the stereo so I’ve always been a fan of The King. My favorite new attraction in Vegas this year has to be the Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition at theWestgate.  I probably won’t be getting to Memphis any time soon so this is the next best thing. It’s the largest collection of Elvis memorabilia outside of Graceland. It’s cool to see everything from Elvis’ yearbooks to his Army uniform and of course his Vegas jumpsuit costumes. Be sure to check out the room that looks like a drive-in theater with Chevy seats where you can watch classic Elvis movies.

https://blog.vegas.com/las-vegas-attractions/the-best-tours-attractions-we-experienced-in-vegas-in-2015-62916/

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Below is the first video tour of Elvis’ tour bus that I have seen.  I enjoyed it and hope my visitors will also.  Please visit the below link on Yahoo.

footnote:  Upon closer scrutiny, I see that the $25,000.00 check which was written by Elvis for the bus was made out to J. D. Sumner.  I recall hearing J. D. recount about Elvis wanting them to have a tour bus.  So, this makes me wonder the real history behind this bus.  But, nonetheless, it is interesting.

http://news.yahoo.com/video/elvis-presleys-luxury-tour-bus-205630099.html

Elvis Presley s Luxury Tour Bus Was Fit for a King   Watch the video   Yahoo News

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SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2015

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2015

I thank all my friends on Facebook who have posted New Year’s greetings to me and Jesse.  Several of my friends shared the two videos below of Elvis performing on New Year’s Eve.  I thank Lisa and Elaine  so much for their video greetings.

Happy New Year – Elvis Presley

 The king of musicThe King of Music   Vote for the besthttp://thekingofmusic.com/

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I have created a new page for the month of January, 2016.  

Please click the below link to view the new page.

http://lindahoodsigmontruth.com/current-news-events/current-news-and-events-january-2016/

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