Tuesday, March 21, 2006

"Elvis After Dark"

A new exhibit at Graceland is sure to bring back fond memories of "E," the King of Rock 'n Roll.

Today's rap stars sometimes shoot people, but Elvis trained his gunsights only on TV sets, including one shot-up set that has been saved for Elvis fans to savor.

Who hasn't felt like shooting their TV now and then? It showed his humanity. He was one of the most famous people in the world, but he was just like you and me when you get down to it.

"This is the only surviving television or appliance that Elvis shot out that was kept," said Kevin Kern, a spokesman for Graceland, Presley's longtime Memphis residence.

Besides being a gun afficianado, E was fascinated by law enforcement and men who wore badges. (Me too!) He had quite a collection of badges, including one presented to him by President Richard Milhous Nixon during an Oval Office visit (see picture above.)

On display, too, are the red, blue and yellow dashboard lights -- similar to police emergency lights -- that E sometimes used during his late-night "patrols." (He was a "special deputy" in Memphis.)
"Elvis was the type of guy that would pull over people who he thought were speeding and give them a warning and send them home with an autograph," Kern said.

A man of the people, he was. Emphasizing driving within the speed limit while happily dispensing autographs. Public service at its best. You just don't see that among today's entertainment superstars. We miss you, Elvis.

[AP via Yahoo!

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