And be sure to buy Jimmy Dean's pork sausages.
According to his IMdb page, he was born in 1928 and is still around. Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m) Has he ever talked in detail about meeting E?
The company he founded in 1969 (sold in 1984) was called "Jimmy Dean Pure Pork Sausage." The TV commercials featuring the very likable Dean were the best advertising the new brand could have had, and it became #1 in its product category. [No dates are given as to when, so this might have been long after the endorsement by Elvis] Another interesting fact he is a distant cousin of James Dean.
I liked his guest role in the Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever". Have written about this in a post in October 2005, so this is cut and paste.
"I think Elvis was in town at that time, because I have read a transcript of a phone call, where he talks about his quake expirience. The exterior for the Whyte House Hotel in the film is the Hilton , then of course called International Hotel.
So here is the entire phone call from Ron Pietrafeso in Denver to Elvis in Memphis. Now we all know that the flashlight he was carrying around all the time was of some use after all. And he says sob three times. LOL. I also had a good laugh at him wanting to run out in his underwear. Poor guy. And those annoying interior decorators. But more serious was probably the glaucoma. And in the end where Ron mentions his mother. I mean does he mean Dee Stanley or what? If so, he couldn't have known Elvis very well, because I thought he never considered her his mum? Too weird. I wonder if that second Vegas trip, Ron visiting, ever took place.
Date: Early April 1971
Source: Moody Blue and Other Great Performances (CD)
What'cha been doing... recording there?
Well, that's what I was doing. I was in the process of making an album, but that eye thing just blue everything sideway, you know.
So I gotta. I am going to L.A. and spend Easter with the family.
But I still gotta go out and make that album. I gotta make a Christmas album, a gospel album, and a couple of singles.
Then after that go on a short tour. Then be back in Vegas in August this summer.
Oh yeah, when do you think you'll be there?
I don't know Ronnie. Either July or August.
July or August uh?
But we are gonna go on some tour before then.
Man, I sure wanna thank you for the good time we had there in Vegas.
We really enjoyed it.
I am glad ya'all did.
Yeah, my wife just, that was an experience she'll never forget.
(laughs) You bet.
She really enjoyed it. And if you are gonna be out there again, maybe we can make it out there again.
I'll be out there August. Just let us know. Let Joe know. We'll be at the same place. It is usually better in August. It is usually better for us because the crowd. It is a much more exciting crowd.
We get a lot of younger kids there because school is out and everything.
Yeah, get a wilder crowd.
Yeah. It is pretty exciting. It is not really wild. It is just a little more excitement.
Tried to call your house today and you must have had the number changed or something?
I just did. We just had it changed because they were bothering the hell out of my wife.
Yeah, that is what I figured.
You know we are going through the process of interior decorating. And every interior decorator in the world knows about it.
So they are all calling. So we had to change the number.
Because they don't care what time of night they call.
So I had to change it for her.
Yeah. How is she and the girl?
They are all fine. She is fine. The baby is taking swimming lessons.
She is three years old you know. She turned three while I was there in Vegas.
Yeah I remember you talking about having to charter a plane to fly her presents back.
(laughs) That is the damn truth, man. The kid got more presents.
Hey, did you have any problems with your house in the earthquake or anything?
No, no. I will tell you what, that International Hotel almost fell. That SOB was rocking back and forth.
I swear to God. I went to bed at six o'clock in the morning. And Priscilla was there. I laid in bed and thought "God almighty what is going on here" The bed was moving, see.
So I got and walked out in that hallway. Had my flashlight and my fun in one hand.
I looked at the big chandelier hanging over the dining room table.
That SOB was shaking, man, back and forth.
It was the weirdest feeling I ever had in my life Ron.
Yeah I bet. Up there on the top of everything.
I opened the door to see if the wind was blowing.
No wind blowing.
You know I think that happened the Monday we left. Wasn't it the day that Priscilla came in?
Yeah, well see, we saw her at the airport when we were leaving.
Yeah, yeah, that's right. It happened that day or the next day. Well it was the weirdest feeling I have ever had.
I'll tell ya, I have sat through them here in Denver. Not nothing that bad, but it is a wild feeling.
I have sat at the kitchen table and watched a three-foot-tall weed out in the flower bed bounce back and forth. And Ginger was outside. I walked out and asked her if she felt it. She never even felt it but it darn ner shook me out of the chair.
Well I tell you what, it was the weirdest feeling I ever had. Because that big hotel was moving now, back and forth.
It is supposed to move and that SOB was doing it boy! I was ready to get out of that place man. I was heading for the elevator in my underwear.
That third show was gonna be a dilly, boy.
Tell them hello for me, would ya?
Yeah. Everybody is doing fine.
Tell them I asked about them and I am doing okay. The eye thing was a little more serious than they put in the paper.
Well you never know if they are playing it up or down.
I told them what to put in the paper. I told them to say "eye infection" because that is what I want it to be. It was glaucoma.
Umm. Well I am glad everything is coming out okay.
But it is gone. It is all cleared up. I am out running around now.
Umm. Hey is Lamar out there with you?
No, he is in Nashville
Really? You don't have the number where I could get hold of him do you?
Just a second. Let me get Charlie back on. Charlie, get him a number to reach Lamar. Ron, I am gonna take off.
Well hey, tell Joe and Sonny and everybody hello for me. Jerry and all.
I sure will. I also got another promotion. I got promoted to fourth-degree black belt in karate.
Oh no kidding?
Yeah. See I continued when we got back here to Memphis.
So I got promoted to fourth-degree black.
Good deal. Hey that is great.
Are you at your folks house?
You at your fols house? Your mom's and dad's?
At my house, yeah
Tell them hello for me.
I sure will.
I don't know if they'll remember me.
Yeah, they'll remember. Ah, they don't live here Ron. My Grandmother lives here. It threw me when you said that.
They live in another house on another street, right by this house.
But nobody lives here except my grandmother and my aunt.
But I'll tell them you said hello. Yeah.
Okay, good enough. Well he guy, it is good talking to you. Take care of yourself.
I'll talk to you later.