Elvis: Dead for 30 Years?!?!?
Just took a run through my e-mail inbox and came across a disturbing reminder that Elvis Presley has been dead for 30 years come this Aug. 16. Thirty years!
I remember it as if it were three decades ago, but I'm alarmed that I'm old enough to remember it at all. I was playing right field on my Jersey Little League team when a woman in the stands started screaming. She'd heard the news on the little transistor radio she was listening to (no, the game wasn't being broadcast, but come to think of it, why wasn't she paying attention to the action on the field?).
Anyhow, flash forward through the end of the game (I'm almost certain we lost), puberty, high school, college, marriage . . . and here were are today. Elvis's deathday will be commemorated in typical King style in Memphis during the annual Elvis Week festivities. Here's what the official Elvis Week site has to say about the event: "The 30th Anniversary, will be the largest celebration of all things Elvis in history. Online, at Graceland and around the world, projects that celebrate Elvis's legacy are being planned. Millions of Elvis fans will attend events and purchase products, and Elvis will be featured in non-stop news coverage and special programming on TV, radio, in print and online."
Sounds like fun. Really. I mean, who doesn't like Elvis? Okay, put your hands down.
But still . . . am I the only person who digs Elvis who still hasn't been to Graceland? It's one of those only-in-America places that good citizens are supposed to visit at least once before their own deathdays, isn't it? It's up there with the Grand Canyon, NYC, Disney World, Yellowstone, etc., as sites in "these United States" that -- like it or not -- define this country.
So now I've got to start thinking about walkin' in Memphis and checking out the King's digs. And I'm sure there are plenty of other places that I need to visit. How about you guys? What are the American must-dos that for one reason or another you haven't done?
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