Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:48 am
$55,000 by Elvis To 58 Charities
Rock 'n' Roll King Given Plaque at City Hall
By JAMES H. WHITE. Press Scimitar Staff Writer
One of Memphis' most famous citizens, Elvis Presley today presented a $55,000 Merry Christmas present to 58 Memphis charities.
He gave $500 to some, more to others.
The mayor's office was overflowing with representatives of the organizations.
Elvis arrived shortly after 2 p.m.
Presley was then given a life-size plaque (six feet tall) from the organizations.
"Good grief," said Presley. "That's beautiful, but I may have to build a room just to keep it in."
Mayor-elect Ingram spoke next.
"I think the proper place to keep it would be in the Elvis Presley Coliseum."
Elvis presented the checks to the organizations, then signed autographs, many on the envelopes which contained the checks.
Presley was sharply dressed in a black continental suit and a black vest, black suede shoes, black tie and stick pin and a fancy gabardine coat with velvet collar.
Presley has been in Memphis about a week. He will be here thru Christmas and his birthday, Jan. 8, when he will be 29. He said he would return to Hollywood in February.
The Goodfellows and the Cynthia Milk Fund of the Press Scimitar were two of the organizations receiving gifts.
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These are the kind of posts that make this board so unique and fascinating.
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Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:46 am
drjohncarpenter wrote:Thanks all.
I just LOVE seeing his reflection in that plaque.
1964 was going to be an eventful year for Elvis, and the country:
- Last regular studio session for over two years (Nashville, Jan 12)
- Beatles blow away America on Ed Sullivan (New York Feb 9)
- British Invasion takes hold of popular culture ("Beatlemania")
- Gulf of Tonkin "incident" and resolution (Aug 2-7)
- Johnson elected US President (Nov 3)
Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:09 pm
Frankie Teardrop wrote:Nice one. Elvis looks supercool.
Sat Oct 02, 2010 4:50 am
Joe Car wrote:Frankie Teardrop wrote:Nice one. Elvis looks super-cool.
Super-cool is right! Also loved the shoes he was wearing during this time frame, saw similar ones in other pics as well.
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GERRY wrote:Great post Dr John and yes from head to foot supercool.
p.s ,a favourate Auntie of mine had a book once about the charities that Elvis helped.
california boy wrote:Thank you doc for this great post
i also wondering if there any colour pictures from this event
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rickeap wrote:Nice one, Doc, thanks. It's new to my eyes
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