CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS, MARCH, 2014
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SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014
I received a letter from Jesse this past week and on the back of the envelope, he had written a note to me which I will display below.
So, I thought that this was probably something that he would like me to look up and perhaps share on the site. So, my inquisitive mind went searching and I found the following information. If I had ever read about “Billy Easter“, I have completely forgot about it. So, in my searching today, I learned that this was the proposed title of a movie which Elvis hoped to make and star in. It was a project which he and Ed Parker had planned. Below is a photo of Elvis with Ed Parker.
I have Ed Parker’s book INSIDE ELVIS which I did enjoy very much …but that was many, many years ago and if the title of this proposed movie was mentioned in Ed’s book, I do not recall it. I do know a good bit about the karate movie which Elvis was backing and hoping to have released, THE NEW GLADIATORS. Elvis had planned to star in and narrate this documentary film about martial arts. Of course, it never came out before 1977. I do know that it has been available for viewing on the Internet…in part at least. It has been released on DVD I believe. Here is a short description of this film:
The New Gladiators is a documentary movie by Elvis Presley and Ed Parker centered on the fights of the United States Karate team in London, England and Brussels, Belgium. Narrated by Chuck Sullivan, it was filmed between 1973 and 1974 but finally remastered and later released in 2002. The movie was financed by American singer and actor Elvis Presley, who began to practice karate during his duty years in the United States Army.
The making of the film
In 1974, George Waite presented the idea of the film to Ed Parker, Presley’s karate instructor. In the film, Presley was playing the main role, introducing Karate arts divided in narration and demonstrations. Parker presented the idea to Presley, who subsequently liked the idea. There was a meeting organized at Graceland, but no major details were arranged due the fact that Presley had to leave for travel to Las Vegas to perform on a show. The next morning Presley called Waite and sent his private plane to fly Waite and his wife to Vegas to complete the meeting. During the show, Presley extended a $50,000 check for beginning the production of the film. In 1977, after Presley’s death, the movie was stored in a garage in West Hollywood inside the bed of a truck, along with other memorabilia objects. In 2001, the footage was found, restored, and later released on August 17, 2002. On August 16, 2009, Elvis Presley Enterprises released a new version of the film with extra footage of Presley in Karate training sessions.
More information about THE NEW GLADIATORS may be found at the Internet Movie Data Base @
Below is an excerpt from a very well written article about Elvis and his martial arts training and how he reached his 8th degree black belt. I will include the link to this entire article as well. This article is copyrighted and so I won’t copy and paste the entire article here…just a brief paragraph which does mention the proposed “Billy Easter” film. Elvis was to star in this movie and it was to be a serious plot. Be sure to read the proposed plot for this film and think about Elvis’ efforts as a Federal Agent pre-August 16, 1977.
Elvis was almost obsessed with the idea of making a high-quality martial arts movie, and in 1974 filming started on his “The New Gladiators” project (conceived by Ed Parker’s student George Waite, who was also close to Elvis), which Elvis was financing, starring in, and narrating. The film was supposed to depict karate competitors and their training, leading up to tournaments (there were a few tournaments scheduled to be covered by this documentary) around the world. A segment of Elvis training and showing some chi exercises was shot on 9/16/74 and is the source of about 40 minutes of film of Elvis in that custom gi (as well as the stills), a snippet of which can be seen in the 1981 movie “This Is Elvis”. Photos from that session were seen in the People magazine issue which marked Elvis’ 40th birthday in January, 1975, and gave more exposure to Elvis as a proponent of karate. The project was never realized, nor was another project conceived of by Ed Parker and Elvis, which I believe was entitled “Billy Easter“. In this movie, as the treatment goes, Elvis was to have played an ex-CIA operative who runs a karate school when his friend is murdered by drug dealers, against which Elvis goes seeking revenge. This role (non-singing, which Elvis desperately wanted to do)…
The above excerpt is taken from the long article about Elvis and the martial arts titled and written by:
Elvis and the martial arts
…by Shane Paterson
April 10, 1995
Here is the link to this entire article which I found to be very well researched and well written. Also at the bottom of that page, you will find other links to sites related to the topic of Elvis and the martial arts.
Below is the back cover of Ed’s book. As I said, it has been many years since I read this book but I do recall liking it very much. I have always respected Ed Parker. Someday when time allows, I shall read it again. That’s one benefit of living a long time…old things become new again. Ha, ha.
I do recommend this book. I am so glad that Jesse brought up the topic of Billy Easter because it also refreshed my memory of Ed’s book so that I can tell my visitors about this good book. Below is a scan of a work of poetry taken from near the front of this book…it so perfectly describes the behavior of some of Elvis’ closest associates and “family members” beginning shortly before Elvis’ “retirement” and, of course, continuing long afterward. This poem was written in 1978…
Below is the dedication page from Ed’s book:
I thank Jesse so very much for giving me a tidbit to research which led to the above article. I feel sure he knew that I would turn those two words into a suitable article.
*Please see important footnote to this article below: Ed Parker DID write about Billy Easter in his book!
While leafing through Ed Parker’s book, I came upon an interesting paragraph which contains some information about another topic which Jesse included in one of his letters for his book published in 2001 THE TRUTH ABOUT ELVIS ARON PRESLEY – In His Own Words. Jesse wrote that one of the people who helped him to pull off his August 16, 1977 getaway was Howard Hughes.
In Ed’s book, you will read the following excerpt. The key thing about this paragraph is that Howard Hughes faked his own death in April, 1976 (I believe that is the correct month). Ed did not know that Elvis and Mr. Hughes had become friends prior to that event. I believe that each of them kept their contact very confidential. The below further documents what Jesse wrote in his book…
*footnote to earlier article about “Billy Easter” shown above
After scanning the above page regarding Howard Hughes, I turned back several pages and discovered that Ed Parker had written a long account regarding Elvis’ hopes of making the “Billy Easter” movie. I apologize that I did not see this before publishing the above article. But, rather than go back and rework the entire above article, I am going to display below most of what Ed Parker shared about this sequence of events.
footnote to Ed’s above words: The writer who Ed refers to as Rick Lusky is actually Rick Husky who went on to be active in the production of Chuck Norris’ successful TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger”.
I apologize to my visitors that I took everyone on the “scenic” tour because of my less than perfect memory. But, I hope that new insight was gained into Jesse’s experience with both of those proposed films.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014
I have found on YouTube what I believe to be the entire film “THE NEW GLADIATORS“. I just found this and have not had a chance to watch it all the way through. It is 49 minutes long…so if not the entire film, it is a good portion of it. Also, I see a trailer for it by risingsunproductions…I will display both of these links below:
Don Warrener Uploaded on Oct 2, 2006
risingsunproductions.net presents New Gladiators #1 this is the first of two trailers on this full length feature film that Elvis Presley financed back in the mid 1970’s featuring names like Ed Parker, Kurban Farkas Benny Urquidez and many more.
New Gladiators #2
Don Warrener Uploaded on Oct 2, 2006
risingsunproductions.net presents New Gladiators #2 a feature film financed by Elvis Presley in the mid 1970’s but never released till recently featuring stars of the martial arts like Ed Parker, Roy Kurban Benny Urquidez and many more
Below is one more for good measure although I believe that the footage in this video is probably already included in the long version above.
Elvis Presley unfinished karate film “New Gladiators” 1970s
swan2612 Published on Nov 9, 2012
An unfinished karate film that Elvis started.
Also below is the link to the site where you may buy the DVD of the Risingsunproductions.net DVD
MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014
This is a very short clip of Elvis back in 1955. I loved seeing it and I think it will bring back some good memories for Jesse.
Elvis & Jimmie Rodgers Snow 1955
JamesVRoy Published on Feb 15, 2014
These clips are from the collection of Jimmie Rodgers Snow, used and extracted from the documentary Hank & Jimmy: A Story of Country, a 2000 documentary about the legendary Hank Snow (1914-1999) and his only son, the Reverend Jimmie Rodgers Snow. It is shown here with his permission and was taken while on tour in Florida in 1955. In addition to Jimmie, the clips show Elvis, Scotty, Bill, Gene Smith, Slim Whitman and Curly Putman.
I learned of this video from Scotty Moore’s site. I am providing the link to Scotty’s Facebook page as I think everyone will enjoy seeing it.
Also, here is the link to Scotty’s web site: http://scottymoore.net/
Elvis @Jimmie Rodgers Memorial 1955
ewjvideo Published on Feb 14, 2014
Jimmie Rodgers Memorial
May 25+26, 1955
I Forgot to Remember to Forger
You’re a Heartbreaker
Elvis and Jimmie Rodgers Snow in Meridian
JamesVRoy Published on Feb 15, 2014
This is a clip of segments from the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival parade in Meridian, MS – May 26, 1955 from the the 2000 documentary “Hank & Jimmy: A Story of Country” used here with permission from Jimmie Rodgers Snow
Elvis in Oklahoma City, April 19, 1956
JamesVRoy Published on Jan 5, 2014
This footage is a clip contained in the WKY KTVY KFOR Archives from the Oklahoma Historical Society, specifically WKY News Can #55 1956.
this portion is Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ performing in the Oklahoma Municipal Auditorium on April 19, 1956. see http://scottymoore.net/oklahomacity.html
Scotty Moore and Carl Perkins Reminisce
JamesVRoy Published on Aug 25, 2013
Shorty after Scotty started performing again in the early ’90s a documentary was produced about he, Elvis and Bill in the first year of performing, 1954-55. The company created an info-mercial with the intent of promoting the video by having Scotty and Carl Perkins sit and talk a bit about the content. The video was never released and Scotty and Carl were never paid (again). Scotty though had a copy of the info-mercial and has made the parts with he and Carl available to his fans on his website and myspace page. Scotty said this was better than the actual documentary. When Myspace changed their format the video was lost so we regenerated it for Youtube. Several years ago someone copied it from Myspace and inserted some proprietary Elvis footage. We won’t complain but we can’t endorse it. Visit his website to learn a lot more of the history of that era.
I would like to call everyone’s attention to another book by Wanda June Hill. This one is available on Amazon.com. I also bought this book from the author way back around 1990. As I have written so often before, I so highly recommend everything that Mrs. Hill has published. The title of this book is “We Remember, Elvis“. If I recall correctly, the title came from a phrase that Elvis often spoke to Mrs. Hill and others “You ‘member that, don’cha?” to which they would reply “Yes, I remember.“.
This book is about the personal memories of Mrs. Hill and others who actually knew Elvis on a friendship basis.
Below is the link to the book on Amazon.com. Also, you will see that this book allows the reading of a few pages before your purchase is made. After you read the few pages, you will be hooked.
We Remember, Elvis: REVISED 2006 edition Paperback
by Wanda June Hill (Author)
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
Just want to give everyone a heads up that I will be compiling my weekly package to Jesse on Thursday instead of Friday this week. Therefore, anyone still wishing to write to him, please do so before noon on Thursday EST.
Love and light,
EPE has now made available to fans two Emails services whereby one my register for an Elvis Email address. I thank several friends who have brought this to my attention.
Here is the link to signup: http://www.elvisemail.com/
My friend, Barbara, shared the following Facebook article with me. I did not view the Oscars so I missed seeing the mention of Elvis on that show.
Elvis at the Oscars (I)
The biggest tv show without a reference to Our Man? Impossible! Elvis was referenced as being the son of Angela Lansbury’s character in “Blue Hawaii” at the Academy Awards and a brief clip was shown from the film. A cheer went up at the Oscar party! We congratulate the very wonderful Miss Lansbury on her prestigious honor as well.
SENT TO JESSE THRU THIS POINT ON THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014
Just want to let everyone know that I have spoken with Jesse this week and he is doing all right. We had a good visit but there is nothing to share on the site this time. As always, I just want everyone to know that he is OK.
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014
Think on This…
As I have mentioned before, the correlations between Elvis/Jesse and the Statue of Liberty are a favorite example of a miracle of synchronicity for me. I have, for many years, enjoyed the fact that the Statue of Liberty and Elvis/Jesse have the same face!! Below is an article which highlights this resemblance without the creators of the article even being aware of what they were doing…at least I must assume that they did not deliberately place the unveiling of the statue of Liberty immediately before the photo of Elvis in the Army. My sweet Tom came across this article and forwarded it to me. I love it!!
40 Must-See Photos From The Past. #5 Is Insane.
#2. Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885
#3. Elvis in the Army, 1958
Here is the link to the above article: http://pulptastic.com/40-photos-from-the-past/
The below is my original front page from which to enter my web site.
Also, below one of the letterheads which I created on which to write to Jesse many years ago:
This train of thought does bear much contemplation indeed. Elvis is the one American who is known the world over by his first name only. He is the most loved American the world over. His was the very first concert seen the world over via satellite…he made a point of honoring America in that concert. The suit and cape which he wore for the Aloha show bore the emblem of the American Eagle and the red, white, and blue colors. His is the most visited private home in America and people gather there from all over the world. Give this some thought and see what you come up with.
God does work in mysterious ways…
In my own opinion, Albert Goldman is one of the most detested people in the history of Elvis’ life and career. He was a despicable lying jerk. I was exuberant upon hearing of his death. I NEVER bought ANY of the books nor articles written by this nasty small man. I did make the mistake of checking his book out of the library early on when it came out and I knew nothing about Goldman nor his lies. I was only able to read a tiny bit of that piece of garbage before I stopped and returned it to the library…wish I had just kept it and burned the darned book. It would have been worth the fine. Years later there was a small store that we visited which had a used copy of that garbage book for sale and every time we went in that store, I turned Goldman’s book around so that the spine of the book was not visible. Again, I should have bought that copy and burned it too.
So, I was very pleased when I stumbled upon the following video on YouTube. The people in the audience gave him exactly what he deserved.
I also despise David Stanley for working with Goldman to put out their lie that Elvis committed suicide. I have a video on my own YouTube channel which I shall also display further down on this page. My video also shows that Elvis was angry about Goldman and David Stanley spreading the suicide lies. My video also proves that Elvis was still alive in June, 1990.
Elvis author Albert Goldman get’s abused on live TV
JASPER as ELVIS Uploaded on Sep 5, 2009
Much-hated Elvis author Albert Goldman gets his butt kicked on live TV. He then complains that he is being “abused”. Goldman’s 1981 biography “Elvis” is one of the most controversial books of all time. Goldman claims he interviewed 200 people as part of his research, however, it came to light that the true figure was nearer 2. Goldman’s personal dislike of his subject resulted in a vile, mean-spirited attack on Elvis and his fans. Goldman did a similar hatchet job on John Lennon, but it is for his biography on Elvis that he will always be remembered. Goldman knew exactly how far he could go without being sued and he knew how to distort the words of those he interviewed. He is interviewed here following the publication of his second Elvis book; ELVIS-The Last 24 Hours in 1990. He is saying he got it wrong the first time and he now believes Elvis commited suicide. His final comment on here is priceless!
Below is my own YouTube video which I placed on YouTube almost 5 years ago.
As you sill see Joe Esposito appeared on this Geraldo show in opposition to the suicide lies which Goldman and David Stanley were publishing. Joe is rather heated in his feelings toward Albert Goldman and in voicing his very strong opinion of Goldman, Joe blurts out “...and that’s how Elvis feels about this situation.” This show aired live on June 18, 1990. My husband and I were watching the show when it aired and also were taping the show. My YouTube video is a clip from our tape of that show. My purpose in publishing this video was to prove that what Jesse wrote in his book is the truth when he said that out of all of his employees, the Col. chose Joe to be a part of the Aug. 16, 1977 faking of Elvis’ death. The most important reason for my video, of course, is that it proves that Elvis was still alive in 1990 and had a very strong opinion about Goldman and the suicide lies.
Jesse once asked me, years ago, if I had what Joe said on the Geraldo show on my site.
Below is the introduction to this Geraldo show which proves the topic of the show, etc. Following that is my short clip of what Joe stated.
This is also important for yet another reason…Geraldo is a sniveling, lying, self-serving, egotistical fool who is largely responsible for the total misrepresentation of the “death of Elvis” due to his 20/20 report based on his two week long investigation in Memphis. His associates, Thompson and Cole, interviewed people and searched for every shred of information they could gather regarding what happened on Aug. 16, 1977. They did discover that there was a cover-up about the death of Elvis. But, they did NOT discover that Elvis DID NOT EVEN DIE!! I have always felt that Jesse and Joe probably planned on Joe saying something of this nature on the Geraldo show. Geraldo did NOT EVEN catch what Joe said at all and went right on with his own slanderous topics about Elvis.
ELVIS IS ALIVE. Geraldo show June 18, 1990 Did Elvis Presley commit suicide?
Linda Sigmon Uploaded on May 27, 2009
ELVIS IS ALIVE. 1990 Geraldo show: Joe says …and that ‘s how Elvis feels about this situation.
Linda Sigmon Uploaded on May 27, 2009
Here is an excerpt from one of Jesse’s letters to Hinton in which he explained about Col. Parker having chosen Joe to be in on the plan. This letter was published in Jesse’s book.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
Think on This…
Our friend, Noddy, shared the following article with me thinking that Jesse would perhaps enjoy seeing it. So, I am displaying it here so that I won’t forget to send it along to Jesse this week. I think others will enjoy seeing this as well.
Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Men July 25, 2013
In 1971, Elvis received what became his proudest achievement when he was named among the Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Men. Elvis fan and Memphis native Beau Davidson recently stopped by Graceland to place his own Ten Outstanding Young Americans award directly beside his idol’s.
Scientists, inventors, performers, film makers, politicians bound for the Presidency, and men of greatness in all fields, have been selected for this award over the years. Davidson was honoured for his accomplishments in the entertainment and political arenas, including his appointment to The Young Americans Coalition.
For Elvis, who grew up poor and faced extreme criticism, this was one of his proudest moments. He had finally achieved acceptance, recognition, and respect for his work. Elvis was known to carry his Jaycees award around with him everywhere and this is the only award for which he accepted in person.
Beau Davidson Visits Graceland
Published on Jul 25, 2013
Ten Outstanding Young American award winner Beau Davidson recently visited Elvis Presely’s Graceland. The recording artist/songwriter took some time to talk about Elvis’ influence on him, his favorite Elvis songs, and the authentic sound of early rock. To learn more about Elvis visit Elvis.com
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
Good advice from one of my favorite people:
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014
As many of you are probably aware, I have had a page of this web site devoted to the stories which Marty Lacker and Billy Smith told (in interviews) in which they stated that Elvis did fake his death. They have since retracted their stories saying that it was only a “Joke“. And yet, as you will see on my page I have also furnished the story which they told to Alanna Nash in her book recounting how Elvis was thinking of faking his death and how he might go about it.
Our good friend, BlueRose, has found a much more detailed account of the Interview which Billy and Marty gave. The article which I have displayed on my page is from The People publication in London. My sincerest thanks to BlueRose for contributing this to my site.
BlueRose has located articles which were published by: 1996 MGN LTD Scotland News Assoc. As you will see these are an expanded version of the article which was published by The People publication.
I do not say that I am accepting everything which they said…but it is further validation of the many details which they provided for their “joke”. A rather elaborate joke, I’d say.
This picture was taken four months after Elvis Presley died; E-Files dossier reveals startling new evidence that the King lives.
Today The People reveals sensational new evidence which backs the amazing claim that rock legend Elvis Presley is alive.
An incredible documentary has Unearthed a telephone conversation taped in 1981 which experts say proves beyond doubt the caller was Elvis.
The video even claims that the legendary star filled in the details of his own death certificate. On August 16 1977 the world went into mourning as global headlines announced: The King Is Dead.
But a new dossier called the E-Files, made for US television but not yet seen in Britain, will send shockwaves around the world. It claims that:
Elvis was a secret FBI agent forced to fake his death after a dangerous mission which landed two big-time crooks in jail.
He made a phone call to a friend four years after his reported death.
The star had his middle name misspelt on his tombstone because he was alive.
Elvis was clearly photographed gazing out of his Graceland mansion four months after he was supposed to have died.
Five months before Elvis was pronounced dead, he cashed in two life insurance policies and pounds 1 million was withdrawn from a private account.
Last week we told how the King’s cousin Billy Smith and close friend Marty Lacker broke a 19-year silence to tell the world how Elvis, then aged 42, had carefully planned the hoax of the century.
They told how Elvis paid a dying lookalike, known only as Scott, to be buried in his place.
Our story sparked a fierce debate on radio stations across Britain.
Larger-than-life London DJ Chris Ryder aka Caesar the Geezer (b. 9 November 1958) is a British radio personality devoted the whole of last Sunday’s show on Capital Gold to the subject.
After he read our story out, the switchboard lit up with callers.
Listeners in London and across the South East can hear extracts from the E-Files on his show between 7-8pm tonight.
Presenters from Sir David Frost
on BBC to Eddie Mair He presents BBC Radio 4’s daily news magazine PM and the BBC’s NewsPod, is an occasional presenter of Newsnight, the stand-in presenter for Any Questions on Radio 5 highlighted the story.
Eddie even called the Memphis radio station WMCAM live on air to discuss our world exclusive.
The video evidence, available for the first time in Britain on the Visual label, includes a minute-long taped phone conversation in which Elvis tells a mystery friend how he spent a year on an island hideaway and also travelled through Europe.
Leading American voice expert L H Williams (full name and dates unknown) who works for the Texas police department checked the E-Files tape against known recordings of Elvis’s voice.
He toiled for days comparing computer printouts of recordings with the voice on the tape.
He is adamant it is Elvis. Monte Nicholson, a Los Angeles cop, and Quebec government official Luc Dionne claim Elvis disappeared after a secret FBI mission put his life on the line.
Luc points to recently de-classified FBI documents which refer to a hush-hush probe code-named Operation Fountain Pen which featured Elvis and a notorious criminal gang, The Fraternity.
The gang tried to con Elvis’s family out of pounds 1 million. Elvis played along to trap the crooks.
Elvis was appointed a secret federal agent by President Nixon in 1970. His name appears on the US Justice Department’s book of federal agents.
Hand-writing expert Paul Weast examined Elvis’s death certificate and after extensive tests claimed it was written by the King. Another startling piece of evidence is a photo which shows Elvis staring out of a doorway at his home on December 31 1977 – four months after his reported death.
The colour snap was taken by fan Mike Joseph, who did not realise he had captured Elvis on film watching fans file past his grave until after the film was processed.
The photo and negatives were examined by film giant Kodak and verified as authentic.
Fans were always baffled why Elvis’s tombstone spells his second name incorrectly as Aaron.
This was the name on his first birth certificate but his mother kicked up such a fuss that a new one spelling it Aron was issued.
The E-Files claims the tombstone inscription was no mistake.
The dossier also contains an interview with Elvis’s cousin Gene Smith, who is convinced the body in the coffin was not the star.
He said: “The hairline looked glued on. Even the nose is not right.
“But it was the hands that baffled me. Elvis did a lot of karate and he always had callouses on his hands.
“The hands I was looking at were as smooth as a new-born’s behind.”
ELVIS, if you are out there, ring us on
0171 293 3201
Don’t worry about the cost of the call – because we’ll ring you right back. And no hoaxers, please. This is not The Sun.
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