Thanks, everyone, I truly appreciate all the input, and especially the book cover photo and page reference, drjohn.
Gunter, I agree with your assessment of some folks' reaction to the quest for accuracy and detail. In this country, we've just had a terrible display of both blind acceptance and blind denial of flat statements that no one seemed prepared to discuss, debate, or even analyze with the slightest objectivity. Alas, perhaps today more people can read than in decades and centuries past, but I fear that fewer can (or do) think.
My especial pleasure in this forum is when several people at once rummage through their memories, files, books, and magazine collections to try to pin down the final point that will rationally enable a photo to be correctly dated and the occasion on which it was taken correctly identified. Pure glory!
Perhaps the pursuit of excellence in so relatively unimportant a field as the life and death of a singer, musician, and actor -- even though he was so exceptional -- does not quite meet some people's criteria for scholarly research, but I am deeply grateful to know that there still are people who can, will, and do engage in such conscientious and objective study.
I am honored to be welcomed here, and delighted to watch your minds work.
Elvis Presley was an explorer of vast new landscapes of dream and illusion. He was a man who refused to be told that the best of his dreams would not come true, who refused to be defined by anyone else's perceptions. This is the goal of democracy, the journey on which every American hero sets out. That Elvis made so much of the journey on his own is reason enough to remember him with the honor and love we reserve for the bravest among us. Such men made the only maps we can trust.
--- Dave Marsh in Elvis.