Elvis - A Lighted Candle

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Author:  Wanda June Hill [ Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:22 am ]
Post subject:  accused-

That always bothered him a great deal because no way would he do that- he might say something about anyone who wasn't behaving properly or crude or just a bad person-but it wouldn't have been aimed at everyone of any color. He grew up with blacks and loved many of them as family- he was also accused of slurring Mexicians and "banned" from going to Mexico! That was a joke for sure- he said he did make a comment about the ladies down there-but it wasn't meant to be any thing negative or "dirty" it was just a statement of fact concerning an experience he'd had with a woman when he was much younger and it was blown out of porportion and he said he didn't say what they said he did. All he meant was they were "very friendly" and he kind of chuckled about that. He also said that he liked all the girls...didn't matter where they were from. And grinned that grin.... of course. You know the press-any thing he said or did they leaped on and some of them made it into big stories- Elvis was just bigger than life and sold so well... no matter what it was. like a "curse" he said. wjh

Author:  Wanda June Hill [ Tue May 02, 2006 7:20 pm ]
Post subject:  our boy

jThat's our boy -for sure! When he first started being approached by reporters they did get some interesting answers from him because he was shy, truthful and didn't know how things would be turned upside down. For instance you all probably have heard the Hy Gardner interview where he asks Elvis if all the things being said and done regarding him had affected him, made his head bigger? Elvis answered it hadn't made his head any bigger-but he then replied something along the line of "I can't keep up with everything that's happening, and it had affected his sleep. It was all so happening so fast he was all "turned around" I think he said. Anyway the guy asked him if he had learned anything from what was being said about him. He said a very emphatic NO then explained that he didn't think he was doing anything wrong. After about 56 Elvis didn't do interviews-not very darn often at all-maybe a sentence here or there- but until he went to the army he hadn't done public interviews. He did talk to a few women reporters whom he liked and trusted- I think May Mann was about his favorite- He kept something one of them wrote about his mother's death in his wallet for a long time...he liked what she said so much. It might have been Louella Parsons- I am not certain of that- May Mann may have been the one who got the last good interview with him one on one at one of the sets... after that the Col. kept a close eye on anything she said...and nixed it before it came out. He even prevented her from seeing him-though they were also personal friends to some extent.
good old tommy-

Author:  Wanda June Hill [ Wed May 03, 2006 3:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Leaves of Gold

I know that book-I think Grandma Suzy our 93 year old Elvis person, gave him a copy of that- I don't know if he had one already or if she gave him the first copy he had. But he gave another man a copy at his gate in Graceland or LA - I'm not sure which since I haven't seen the photo that was taken at the time in some like 28 years- the man he gave it to brought it to our Anahiem convention
to show it to me- It had Elvis' name written inside as he signed it when the guy asked. He was merely a tourist who was a fan and had driven from Canada to see where Elvis lived, never dreaming he would meet him! He said Elvis came from behind his house, walking around to the front, saw the small group of people at his gate and came up carrying the book-he had just finished rereading it he told the man saying it was a good book, full of inspirational things. The guy treasured it and carried it wrapped in a piece of a cotton t-towel and inside a leather carrying case. when he came to the convention. It was his prized possession-that and the small snapshot of him shaking hands through the fence. The photo was in black and white and could only see the bars of the fence where they shook hands. So don't know location now. I haven't heard that interview where he was asked about hobbies- but yes, he would be shy about saying he liked to read etc: and what kinds... that had been "drummed into his head" by those around him...including his wife and father. He once remarked that maybe he ought to just subscribe to porn magazines or something and leave them layin' around the house!" He laughed but it wasn't a nice laugh, obviously a swipe at others who put him down for reading so much. I mean, a grown man who had to HIDE his books because they were too
spiritual and he was becoming too "goody-goody" to quote one of mm guys. wjh

Author:  maia [ Wed May 03, 2006 4:33 pm ]
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My Vegas friend, Janey told me that Elvis was holding one of the items I had given him from the stage (don't remember what, but it was something I had written probably). Joe E. came over to him and said, "What you got there, Elvis?" And just TOOK IT FROM HIM and walked away! Elvis stood there with a dumbfounded look on this face, but said nothing.

Author:  Lighthouseseeker [ Wed May 03, 2006 4:45 pm ]
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what the ....???? :evil:

Author:  Wanda June Hill [ Wed May 03, 2006 11:11 pm ]
Post subject:  taking things

It is kind of awful to know, but those kinds of things were true- Elvis would hide things that he didn't want them taking out of his room-he'd do it before he left and when he was alone-that was one reason he liked to have someone there with him- a girl whom he would ask to "watch my things, don't let them look" and she would stay in his room instead of seeing every show- I don't think any of those girls would have let him down and he knew that as he chose selectively as we know.
He hid things at Graceland too, and had things hidden that were found after his death- as well...like instructions for certain things to be done etc;...should he not be able to do them. There were letters not mailed as he might write them or have some type them or write them for him but he'd sign and add a note maybe-but he didn't have stamps etc: and who ever he trusted (again he was careful about that) would mail them for him. It wasn't Ginger-it was someone named "Barbara" whom he called "Babba" and I don't know who she was or if she worked in the office with whomever was there at the time. Anyway, he was angry when he discovered things missing at first, then he just kind of swollowed it and hid things. He had a suitcase full of books-only he had the key, for a while wore it around his neck! and he made them haul it around on tour with him and assigned one of the guys usually his step brothers, to keep track of it. They all hated that heavy suitcase... And there were people who were in his bedroom who said he'd have books laying everywhere, on the bed, in the bed, on the floor, under the bed and in the bathroom on the floor and everywhere too. Most of them laying open or had markers in them where he was reading things. One young woman said there were so many books there was barely room on the kingsized bed for her-unless she slept on Elvis' space and when she said that, he told her "come on baby, me 'n you fit here just fine." and all night she kept fighting with his books to have some room because he was restless and
kept cluncking her with his elbow or arm. He was asleep-didn't know a thing about that. But she wouldn't get up and move his books-and didn't want to leave him as he was "dreaming or something" and would only relax and sleep quietly if she held held him. Those poor girls, how awful that must have been-having to lay in a tight place with Elvis who couldn't be still unless they hugged him up. Gee willkers and geemney Whiz it must have been just a nightmare for them. Do you think? wjh

Author:  maia [ Thu May 04, 2006 1:50 pm ]
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I forgot to say...Janey did not see this, but Linda Thompson did, who told Janey about it when Janey asked her if Elvis had taken the (whatever it was I gave him) upstairs with him.

Author:  Lighthouseseeker [ Thu May 04, 2006 5:34 pm ]
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Oh ! it must have been too difficult to sleep between the books and his warmth.. :roll: :wink: yeah poor girls as you said Wanda.. :lol:
well, time to time I think that,what a pity, he never had a library, a peaceful atmosphere that he could sit in his comfortable chair,and read a book that was chosen between the books from the shelves, covering the walls,while listening to music..God! a library room is a must be in a house ...and those worms, didn't let him to have one,though he had that much of books.. :evil: :x :evil: it was his books,his home and his life!!!..now what to forgive!!! :x God knows ,noooo way.. :x

Author:  Wanda June Hill [ Fri May 05, 2006 10:53 am ]
Post subject:  reading

My sentiments exactly Sue!
Elvis did have time to read alone and listen to music at home-but he had to lock the door and then was at times bothered with calls and knocks on his door. He did have time alone though-and took full advantage when he did. His life wasn't quiet like ours usually is and there were so many he knew and had around. And too, he didn't like being alone sometimes, said so often and then he'd turn around saying he needed time alone, peace and quiet... I kind of think he did get tired of being interrupted when he was trying for some of that quiet time, still his patience amazed me. He always spoke so kindly, gently when asking for something, like in stead of yelling because they were interrupting, he gently asked them to please close the door. Or to give him a couple of minutes and he'd get back to them. I would have been jumping up and down ranting and raving if it were me in that position! And he had his office upstairs-a room he could go to and shut the door also-his upstairs rooms were a sanctuary for him-and he used them for that -he had everything up there, he didn't need to go downstairs unless he wanted and he liked to sit outside at night in the garden meditating, he would say, and watch the moonlight on the water and think. He thought outloud when alone I think, and that is why so many questioned what he was doing-crazy Elvis talking to himself etc:...or "people" only he could see??? His dad was not receptive in those times, but he came to see some of what Elvis was into after Elvis' death. I wonder if Elvis came to visit him-if he was able to "put" thoughts into his dad's mind and change his opinions. It would be possible I would think-he comes to many in dreams and so forth, some of them NOT even fans or
interested in Elvis as such-he just shows up and usually it is a profound change in those people. Some do have a hard time with it-but that's understandable if it might be their only experience with that kind of "happening".
From Lisa's reaction on a tv show a while ago, I think she has had "experiences" with her dad since he left and that they have made impressions on her which she does not care to talk about and says they are her own, not to share. I like her for that-she is "grounded" in those kinds of emotions and like daddy in that she knows what to say and what not to say in public. she hasn't quite got the don't show it in her eyes and attitude part down perfect yet, but it's coming.wjh

Author:  Lighthouseseeker [ Fri May 05, 2006 12:40 pm ]
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maybe he wouldn't have liked it but I'd have talked before those d..n guys,to defend him or even more :x .. I'm an Aries as I told here before :P lol..let me dream a little..well, I would love to buy Elvis a castle in Scottland, for him to have some quite and peaceful time,listening to the sound of wind and rain and reading , till he misses all the crowd again..silly me..! :P

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