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Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 12:33 PM
Subject: Memphis Report LONG
Good morning members. I am
back from The Promised Land of Memphis, and as always hated to return
to real life. In spite of my request for people not to email me while I
was gone I had over 1000 messages this am, so if you sent me one, I may not
answer. I had 2 dr appointments yesterday and my eyes were dilated which is why
I was not on the computer yesterday. My camera "ate" some of my
photos (GRRR) or either the person I asked to take them didn't know how...the
one of my friend Joe Petruccio and my dear friend Donna Lewis did not come
out, nor did several others...but I do have some good ones to share. I will
later share the link where you can view them all but for now will just throw in
a few of them.
The saddest news is that
the last horse with a direct link to Elvis' horses, Sun's Reflection,
passed away on August 14. He was a Palomino American Quarter Horse and he was at
Graceland for 21 years. A team of doctors from Mississippi State University
College of Medicine tried in vain to save him but he was in respiratory distress
associated with his age. Sun's Reflection was brought to
Graceland in June 1988 after the death of Elvis' beloved Rising Sun.
Both horses came from the same blood line and were purchased from the same
owner. The employees at EPE and the many fans will miss Sun's Reflection.
The pastures will have
a bit of emptiness without his beautiful face.
As usual, Memphis was a
busy and fun-filled week! It started for me with dinner with Darlene
Tompkins, my friend who was Patsy Simon in "Blue Hawaii", at The
Majestic Restaurant downtown, followed by the ETA contest. You know that I don't
normally go to those, but Darlene had asked me to go with her and gotten a
ticket for me. I did see a lot of old friends there including Stephen
Freeman. Here we are riding the trolley from the restaurant to the
Convention Center. with The
next day was Meet The Authors event at the Dolan house Judy
Palmer, Jimmy Velvet, Donna Lewis, Larry and Roger Loyd (Harold's sons)
were there and Ed Bonja dropped in as well.
The President's event was
awesome for me - although a little emotional. I wore my peacock pants and jacket
and everyone flipped over it! I gave out every card of Rose's that I had and was
giving out her email for it. It really was beautiful and the compliments on it
I was very proud of our fan
club and the contributions we have made in Elvis' memory and the fact that we
were spotlighted this year.
Pat Koogle, who now leases
the Dolan house, has worked very hard to put it in god shape, along with Peggy,
Pamela, Katrina, Jake, Terry Sue, Bubba and others in the Memphis group. They
raised over $1000 for charity on the 15th through donations from the fans.
Jimmy Velvet, Sonny
Don't know how many of
you know my friend Tina. She is a black belt who studied under Ed Parker, and
also licensed as a PI - she worked as Sonny's bodyguard while we were in
Memphis - she is so great at crowd control, and I would have to name her an
Eaglette LOL - Elvis called Sonny Mr Eagle because of his sharp eyes and Tina
runs a close second.
Don't let her smile
fool you - she's tough LOL
Two friends heard that
I was there and came by to see me: Barbara Hearn and Becky Yancy...Unfortunately
I missed Barbara twice, but Davis Taylor brought Becky so she and Sonny got to
visit as well. As most of you know Becky was Elvis' secretary - Sonny said for
100 years LOL . Barbara was one of Elvis' first girlfriends and a delightfully
charming lady. Here are photos of Sonny and Becky. They shared a couple of
stories which we all enjoyed.
I also got the
opportunity to meet Marty Lacker for the very first time. He was not at
all what I expected and was very cordial and I enjoyed our
The screening of
Memphis Rising was fantastic!! It is a cute sci-fi movie and the
storyline is believable. Here is a photo of me with Sonny and Mike Zehr
who played "Rock" West (Red) Sonny played himself.
I got to put some faces
with names this year and was happy to see Jeremy Roberts at several events and
have him share his photos with me.
Our flowers were gorgeous -
they were a tribute to the Star in Vegas with photos that I took in Vegas on
them This This is the first
time in 5 years that I have not been able to do the walk-up! My schedule was so
full and the nights so long I couldn't get there in time! I also did not visit
the shops for the first time - other than the outlet to get a pair of pjs
LOL> The flowers were first by Glady's grave within the fence, then they were
moved. At Candlelight they were to the right of the steps, the first ones,
as you stepped up into the Meditation Garden. I did better this year
than 2 years ago as my legs and knees held out really well! We had TONS of
compliments on the beautiful picture on the back of our shirts which Loxi Sibley
drew. Several people took photos and Gabe said he was putting it up on facebook
and twitter...so if anyone sees them, please snag them and send them on for my
scrapbook! Thanks again to Loxi for her amazing talent and for letting us
use the photo...it will be on our shirts forever!
My Sirius interview was a
lot of fun - as always. TY, Argo and Big Jim have become like family to me. Argo
says my interview has become a tradition - I love it!
The Marlow's luncheon
was a HUGE success with over 50 people in attendance. Two guests who
called me the day before were Barbara Klein Bauer and JoCathy (Elvis called her
JC) Brownlee Elkington, former Elvis girlfriend. Special thanks also to
Alvin Smith for his encouraging and most welcome words at the event. Thanks to
Marshie Martin for making the name tags and the membership cards...which I have
Art Patrick and his club,
Elvis Memorabilia, presented Sonny and me with an award for continuing
the legacy of Elvis. This is our second year to receive this prestigious award.
Thanks to Art for his thoughtfulness.
Keith and Linda
LeBlanc. Canadian members of my fan club, won the window contest at Days
Inn, for the third year in a row, and presented me with the winning
picture! I was honored to have received this wonderful picture which Keith
worked so hard on.
We were at the
tent a couple of nights and were so thrilled to hear Cody Slaughter. He has come
a long way since I first met him in Branson when he was 14
Also Chris Drummond was
at the tent and to honor Danny McCorkle and his wife, donations were being taken
to send them on a Hawaiian vacation.
Chris Drummond and
Sonny at The Tent
We went to a very late
dinner with friends to wind up the week. Here are a few more photos for
Breakfast with Carole
Polk and Terry Turner, me, Sonny and Tina.
www.pselvis.com - showcasing Elvis' legacy
into a new history. SONNY WEST'S MEMORIES AT CHINO CANYON OCT 24-25.
DON'T MISS IT!!
"Before you abuse,
criticize and accuse, walk a mile in my shoes."
"The will of God will
never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."
"When you reach the end
of your rope you will find the hem of His garment."