My First Boyfriend was Elvis Presley. True, ask anyone that knew me in my journalism class in 10th grade. It was 1992 and I was a naïve gal that loved everything about Elvis, from posters to all of his movies on VHS. My journalism teacher kept me after class one time to give me her daughter’s scrapbooks of Elvis.
To make my Elvis fandom more spectacular I joined the official Elvis Presley fan club. You know years earlier I was in a Menudo fan club too. Let me tell you about the Elvis fan club, it was so cool and they even had a penpal section. Yes I am aging myself here.. When I was a little girl in the late 80’s we didn’t have cellphones or email. I had three penpals that adored Elvis. Emmerich from Austria (he introduced me to Udo Jürgens), Doreen (from Germany who I met and am in contact with her brother to this day) and Jochem (a sailor from Germany) whom I never met. As I write this, what is it with Germans and Elvis? Right…
Elvis Presley Trivia
How many films did Elvis star in?
My favorite films are not limited to Spinout, Speedway and Viva Las Vegas. I thought Elvis and Ann Margaret were the perfect pair in Viva Las Vegas. Ann Margaret’s sarcastic remarks, spunk and banter with Elvis. You ask..No I can’t stand “Love Me Tender” you kidding me? He dies in it. Sometimes I watch it on the anniversary of his death so I can cry (are you kidding maybe I did that once.
How many gold records did he have?
A. 90 Gold and 53 platinum.
Songs they are all great. Bossa Nova Baby, Latest Flame , Surrender, Stuck on You oh and so many many others. Some of you might know I love karaoke but the only songs I reach top score (above 75) is on Elvis songs.
How many cars did Elvis have? A better question is how many cars did Elvis give away?
A. Estimate of 250
How old would he be this year on his birthday? We won’t even go there. He will always be 26!
Wait maybe I should take that back. If he is always 26 and I am 41… WEIRD…!!!!!
Vacation to Graceland
At the age of 13 I planned my family’s summer vacation to Graceland. The plan was to take the Amtrak from California for three days, get a sleeper wagon for three kids and mom and spend Elvis week (remembrance celebrations of his death August 16th) with other Elvis’ girlfriends and pals. Okay the trip to Graceland didn’t happen that way. Let me tell you how it happened.
October 2016 I flew from Germany for two weeks to visit the State of Tennessee. You heardthat correctly, without children and by myself on an airplane. It was my first time in Tennessee and I had to check off my bucket list. Heck, don’t just say ‘Check on my Bucket List’ it was a dream come true. You remember I visited Dollywood and before I met up with Tiffany in Nashville, I met up with Ron and his wife Tracey and a new friend Ozgul for a trip to Graceland. We all piled in the huge RV and had a great time visiting Graceland.
If you don’t have an RV where is the best place to stay? Of course at The Guest House
Are you ready for the highlights?
Graceland the mansion is only one aspect of the tour. Expect to stay the entire day and don’t be in a rush. I recommend experience everything around you. You don’t need to take tons of photos, you can find them online. Relive the time you were or were not born and let your imagination run wild (not that wild) about years earlier when the cars were used, Elvis flew in is private planes and that time he took you to the fair and won that big stuffed animal for you.