CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS MARCH, 2016 – cont’d
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Choose who must hold the title of the king for 2016!
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VISIT “THE KING OF MUSIC” POLLING SITE AND VOTE FOR ELVIS EVERY SINGLE DAY DURING 2016. WE SIMPLY CANNOT LET ANYONE ELSE CLAIM ELVIS’ RIGHTFUL TITLE. BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE SITE FOR VOTING:
I vote every single day and I hope everyone who reads this will do so also for every day the rest of this year.
Lets make it happen again for this new year of 2016!
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR 2015
Lets make it happen again for this new year of 2016!
Let’s all remember to vote every single day in 2016 for this same song again or any Elvis song which may be added to the list. Below is the link for voting for the new year.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
This article caught my interest because of the way it starts out:
“When the late, great Elvis Presley is one of your main claims to fame, not much else needs to be said.”
Municipal Auditorium helped build Elvis’ career
When the late, great Elvis Presley is one of your main claims to fame, not much else needs to be said.
Certainly Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium is more than just about Elvis, but the fact that the legend graced that stage numerous times during the Louisiana Hayride makes the recently upgraded facility, built in the 1920s, one of the area’s crown jewels.
“The Municipal is the pinnacle of historic music venues – one of the most historic in the world – that many local people take for granted because they’ve driven by it so many times,” said Sam Voisin, regional vice-president of SMG Properties, which manages the city-owned facility. “People come from all over the world just to stand on the hallowed ground where so many great artists have played. It’s a place that’s wrapped in character.”
And then some.
Known for its amazing acoustics, the Municipal was treated to approximately $5.3 million in upgrades including air conditioning, electrical and mechanical upgrades, new seating, American with Disabilities Act requirements, hot water in showers, upgraded dressing rooms and freight elevator loading at the back of the facility through a bond issue.
MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2016
It is really nice to see that the United States Postal Service has placed a photo of Elvis on the front of the below book which will be available for sale soon. I loved seeing this and thought it is excellent and interesting that they chose a photo of Elvis which has not appeared on either of the Elvis stamps which have been issued.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016
Jesse phoned me late this afternoon and we had a nice visit. He is doing OK. Nothing else to share this time though. Just wanted to let everyone know that he is all right.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016
Jesse called me late this afternoon. My husband had cataract surgery today and Jesse was calling to ask how the surgery went and if Tom is OK. He is such a sweet friend to us. Again to let everyone know that he is fine. We had a fun visit with some good laughs this time.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016
A good friend, Richard, shared this article about David Letterman’s quick change in appearance saying that those who don’t believe that Jesse (in the 1994 photo) is Elvis, should take a look at how David Letterman has changed in only 10 months. Letterman has really let himself go while Elvis took good care of himself once he was free from all the stress and overwork. In 1994 (17 years after his last appearance), Jesse looked so fit and in shape, happy, and rested.
Bald Santa: David Letterman’s striking retirement look
(CNN)Whoa, David Letterman — is that you? It’s been only 10 months since the late-night host did his farewell show on CBS, but he already looks quite … different.
New photos of Letterman jogging on the Caribbean island of St. Barts show a bald, heavily bearded guy who’s almost unrecognizable as the gap-toothed jester who spent 33 years smirking at guests on national TV. More than one commenter has noted his sudden resemblance to a certain red-suited Christmas icon.
I think that Jesse will be very pleased to see this new project at his former Circle G Ranch.
Children’s Holocaust memorial taking shape at former Elvis ranch
March 23, 2016 Artist Rick Wienecke displays a scale model of his sculpture of the “Unknown Child” following Wednesday’s launch event sponsored by the Unknown Child Foundation. The statue shows a child leaning against the inside of a crematorium door, totally abandoned, which visually connects the viewer to the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal)
By Ron Maxey of The Commercial Appeal
Her aging voice is still strong, speaking across decades and generations to bring to life one of mankind’s darkest periods.
“I was born in a small town in Romania, not unlike many small towns in Mississippi,” Friderica Beck Saharovici told a crowd huddled against the chilling wind Wednesday on a ranch once owned by a rock-n-roll legend. “After a normal, happy childhood, things changed drastically when Romania became an ally of Germany. I was a first-grader when all the Jewish children were thrown out of the public schools for no other reason than being born Jewish.”
Saharovici said she could easily have become one of the unknown children of the Holocaust whose memories were honored on an overcast March morning in Horn Lake. “Only by the grace of God did I survive. Now, I’m very impressed that in a Southern state, with a small Jewish population and with a history of discrimination, that it would be a place to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.”
Such is the vision taking shape as part of the redevelopment plans for the old Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake, once owned by Elvis and used as a honeymoon getaway after he and Priscilla married in 1967. On the surface, it’s an unlikely pairing — a memorial to children of the Holocaust and a planned tourist draw for legions of Elvis fans.
But, organizers say, it makes sense if you accept that providence drives all things.
“This is where it’s supposed to be,” project organizer Kat Joslin said confidently as she discussed the relationship that has developed between the Florida-based owners of Circle G and the Unknown Child Foundation, the nonprofit entity behind plans to construct a memorial for children of the Holocaust.
The memorial, eventually envisioned as a complex housing a memorial park as well as educational programs and scholarships, has a price tag of $1.5 million — a number you’ll see repeated several times in the unfolding of this tale. Joslin said Wednesday’s launch of the Foundation is intended to give a boost to fundraising, with a goal of breaking ground on a complex within 18 months.
Rick Wienecke, a Canadian artist, was commissioned to do a sculpture that will be a part of the memorial park. A small model of the planned sculpture shows a child leaning against the inside of a crematorium door in a fetal position. The other side shows a replica of the oven doors at Auschwitz.
“I’m really happy to be standing on the piece of property that’s going to house the project,” Wienecke said. “I thank you for sticking with this because you have to, you really have to. It’s an incredibly important project.”
Wienecke added he was especially moved by the symbolism of 1.5 million pennies collected by area schoolchildren to represent each of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. The pennies show, Wienecke noted, the relatively worthless value attached to the lives of Jewish children.
The Penny Project, launched in 2009 at Horn Lake Middle School as a way to raise student awareness about the Holocaust, led to formation of the Unknown Child Foundation to keep the work alive, which led to the serendipitous relationship with Circle G owners as they sought ways to develop the sprawling ranch.
Call it a lucky series of inspirations that somehow found their way to one another, or call it — as many did Wednesday — the playing out of a divine mission.
Either way, Saharovici, the lost child who lived to tell her story, is gratified.
“By preserving the memory of the Holocaust and its moral lessons, we tell the world that such atrocities should never happen again to Jews or to any other people in the world,” Saharovici said. “I don’t want my past to become anyone else’s future.”
Here is a video of Ms. Saharovici speaking briefly about the new project:
Friderica Beck Saharovici
SENT TO JESSE THROUGH THIS POINT ON FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016
I only just realized this morning that my introductory statement on the MESSAGES FOR JESSE page had been lost during one of the website improvements. I apologize to anyone for whom this lack of information may have caused confusion.
I just completed the following new statement which spells out the guidelines for the privilege of writing to Elvis, who is now Jesse.
I always appreciate the participation of all visitors who do share their time and thoughts with Jesse through this page of my site. As you can see, there are rules of conduct in the use of this privilege. I thank everyone for abiding by these guidelines.
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THIS PAGE IS IN EXISTENCE ONLY FOR MESSAGES WRITTEN TO ELVIS, WHO IS NOW JESSE.
NO COMMUNICATION BETWEEN VISITORS IS ALLOWED ON THIS PAGE. THIS IS NOT A BLOG.
BECAUSE OF DEMANDS ON MY TIME AND HEALTH ISSUES, I DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY COMMENTS POSTED ON THIS PAGE.
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THANK YOU FOR CARING ABOUT JESSE AND FOR SHARING YOUR WORDS OF LOVE, SUPPORT, RESPECT AND CONCERN WITH HIM.
THE MESSAGES ARE COMPILED, PRINTED OFF AND SENT TO JESSE AFTER THE END OF EACH MONTH.
LINDA HOOD SIGMON
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016
I wish all of the visitors to this site a most blessed and happy Easter. Hope it is filled with love and joy for all on this day of celebration.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016
THIS WEBSITE HAS REACHED A TOTAL VISITOR COUNT OF 900,000!!!!
I sincerely thank everyone who has visited and helped me to reach this milestone.
We are now setting our sights on one million.
MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016
This wonderful video was shared with me on Facebook by Jeannette.
Any Day Now, Take 2 ~ Elvis
Lucilia shared this wonderful video with me on Facebook.
Elvis in Hawaii 1957 Live
I just sent my message and hope all of my visitors will as well. Let’s don’t ever forget who keeps our nation safe.
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The following is a brief article in the Commercial Appeal regarding the Unknown Child memorial being built at Elvis’ former home, the Circle G Ranch.
A maybe-not-so-unlikely alliance
Last week’s launch of the Unknown Child Foundation at Elvis’ old Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake brought together two seemingly disparate missions. But maybe not.
Organizers spoke of the way a higher power seemingly brought those seeking a memorial to children killed in the Holocaust together with those looking for ways to develop the ranch as a tourist destination. But more down-to-earth connections help explain the pairing as well.
For one, Circle G Ranch spokeswoman Whitney Lee Ladwig noted, the planned Unknown Child memorial and its organizers’ efforts to find a home fits in with Elvis’ spirit of helping worthwhile causes.
And then there’s Elvis’ Jewish connection, unknown to many. Through maternal descent, Elvis was technically considered Jewish because of some Jewish ancestry on the side of mother Gladys Love Presley. In fact, there was a Star of David on her tombstone at Forest Hill Cemetery before she was reinterred at Graceland along with Elvis and, later, father Vernon Presley. Elvis’ grandmother is also buried there.
Various online accounts discuss Elvis’ pride in his Jewish heritage and his longtime relationship with the late Memphis Rabbi Alfred Fruchter’s family. J.J. Goldberg, talking about Elvis’ “Not So Secret Jewish History” on forward.com, also talks about how the Star of David was omitted from Gladys Presley’s tombstone when the body was moved to Meditation Garden at Graceland.
Without the personal attention of Elvis — who had died by then — to make sure the Star of David was included on his mother’s new marker, the story goes, it was left off.
“You won’t see it on her grave at Graceland,” Goldberg notes. “The new gravestone, lacking Elvis’ active attention, didn’t get a star.”
But Elvis made sure his Jewish connection was clear while he was alive.
Some of us remember reading that Elvis wore a Jewish (?) symbol and a cross at the same time. He was asked about this and he replied that he “didn’t want to miss Heaven on a technicality.” Sweet sense of humor always.
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
There is another movie regarding the meeting which Elvis had with President Richard Nixon coming to theaters in April. I was quite offended when I saw that it was to be a comedy as that has already been done once years ago. I had not planned to take any note of the new movie here on my web site. However, I just watched the short film with the people in, and working with, the movie and changed my mind.
The thing which held the most sway in changing my mind was the interview with Jerry Schilling who was an advisor to the young man who portrayed Jerry in the film. Jerry said that is not making fun of Elvis and Pres. Nixon but rather having fun with Elvis and Pres. Nixon. So, I am willing to give it a fair chance. I do like what the actor who portrays Elvis has to say about his approach to the role. He said that he tried to portray what Elvis was inside and to not get lost in impersonating. The actor does not even come close to looking like Elvis…but then, who does?
I have tried my best to copy the brief featurette included in this article so I could share it with Jesse…but cannot find a way to make a copy of it.
So, here is the article about the film and each person can make up their own minds whether this movie deserves their time and money to view.
Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon Revive a President and a King in Elvis and Nixon
Spacey plays the former president and Shannon revives the King in the historical comedy
The most requested photo in the National Archives is not, officially speaking, from a rare meeting of two heads of state, though one might argue that a portrait of President Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley fits that bill, given that the former was the leader of the free world and the latter was the King. The movieElvis and Nixon, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and hit theaters nationwide April 22, tells the story behind the two men’s unexpected meeting on Dec. 21, 1970.
Director Liza Johnson’s historical comedy stars Kevin Spacey as the real-life president (in contrast to the fictional one he’s most often associated with) and Michael Shannon as the rock and roll legend. As the actors explain in the exclusive featurette above, Elvis was concerned about the direction in which the country was headed and hoped to speak to the Commander in Chief about how he might be able to help. Between protests of the Vietnam War, rampant drug use and what he considered to be a pervasive lack of respect for law enforcement, the King thought he might be able to influence the youth to adhere more closely to the views he shared, perhaps surprisingly, with the president.
Shannon’s Presley is delightfully sincere in his aims, more than a mere mirror image of an icon. As the actor puts it, “I tried to make sure I didn’t get too caught up in impersonation and that I devoted as much energy to contemplating what was going on inside of him as I did to trying to seem like him on the outside.” Spacey’s Nixon, by contrast, is as square as they come, but gradually warms to the caped crusader who’s made himself perhaps a little too comfortable in the White House.
With a cast rounded out by Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville and Sky Ferreira, Elvis and Nixon offers a glimpse into the relationship between the Oval Office and pop culture royalty long before Beyoncé was a glimmer in Obama’s eye.
Below is the official movie trailer from YouTube.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016
This was shared with me by Natalie on Facebook. My thanks to Natalie.
I am sure Jesse will like this one!!!
Brian Setzer – Duets – Hey Elvis
SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT ON FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016
I have begun a new page for the Current News and Events for the month of April, 2016.
Below is the link to the April page: