NOT MY STOCK PORTFOLIO, ELVIS PRESLEY! Can you believe that yesterday marked the 37th anniversary of the King’s passing? Yep, August 16, 1977. This week, as some of you know, was “Elvis Presley Week,” in Memphis, Tennessee. This year’s crowd was probably around 500,000, and as usual, they were treated to an assortment of events related to The King of Rock ‘n Roll. Including, I might add, the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of my first mystery novel, THE GRACELAND GANG. (Available at leading bookstores throughout Memphis.) I understand that sales were quite good, and God-willing, I will be holding a seminar at next year’s event. Should be interesting!
I’d like to give a big “shout out” to my dearest friends in Memphis…. Ron and Debbie Lazarov. (Thank you for introducing us to Corky’s barbecue!) If you ever need a place to stay, call them. (They only charge $175 per night for a room, but you get a free bottle of water.)
Speaking of great friends, I am very proud of Ms. Terri Schexnayder, my dear friend from the Writers League of Texas. Terri just had a wonderful article published in Texas Highways Magazine, so if you’re a subscriber, check it out. (The article is titled “Gone Fishing!” and it starts on page 15.) Great writing, and some valuable information about the freshwater fishery center in Athens. I had no idea that Terri went to Greece, or that Greeks loved catfish. Hold on, make that Athens, Texas. Oops, so much for my upcoming Greek humor. (Read the article slowly, so that you can “Ab-ZORBA” the details.) Hey, I had to make one joke! (I know, it’s “still Greek to you!”)
My second nationally broadcast radio interview, featuring a discussion on THE SECOND MOURNING, can be heard (almost live) this coming Tuesday, August 19, at 12 noon ET. The entire interview will be presented on WTAN-AM 1340 in Tampa, and KLRG-AM 880 in Little Rock. We spent 30 minutes discussing the untold story of America’s most bizarre political murder – the assassination of President James A. Garfield. I think you will find the broadcast intriguing and educational.
In closing, since we could all use a good laugh, I would like to share some things that I recently overheard at a local day camp. (Where I went to speak to 10-year-old kids.) They were discussing “world events,” and some of their comments were truly hysterical…
1. My grandpa is a doctor, and he told me that granola is spreading throughout Africa. (Thank God it’s not shredded wheat.)
2. The Turds are being attacked by a group called IRIS. (Who is this woman?)
3. Hamas was firing mistletoe into Israel. (Maybe they will kiss and make up.)
4. President Obama is vacationing in Martha’s Backyard. (I wonder if she knows about this, and if so, will invite IRIS?)
The above comments are all true, which reminded me of Art Linkletter’s old show, “Kid’s Say The Darndest Things.” Ah, youth is wasted is on the young. Still, it’s important to be young at heart, which just happens to be the title of one of my favorite songs. I hope you all have a young and joyful week, and if you miss my broadcast, don’t fret. (Do you think guitar players “fret?”) I will post a link to the podcast sometime during the week.
Elvis loves ya, baby!
Stephen, Glad to hear that your friend’s article will appear in the Texas Highways. Athens, TX is my hometown. I still have acreage there. By the way, Athens is known as the Black-eyed Pea Capital of the World. Maybe you or she could capitalize on that moniker. Every year in May, Athens hosts the annual Ol’ Fiddlers Reunion. I can imagine that I can hear “Chicken in the Bread Pan Scratchin’ out the Dough” being played on the fiddle (never violin). I have written a short story about the plight Athens had when a most beloved teacher’s assistant dies suddenly and the FBI stops the funeral and claims that the body in the casket at the Methodist Church is not who the people came to honor. I’ve crafted characters based on folks I knew but I’ve really embellished their idiosyncrasies to keep the reader chuckling. My 57th reunion of my Athens High School class of 1957 is coming up soon. Thanks for writing and hope to see you at the next Garden Club meeting. MAC Millard McBurney and wife Ruth 5305 River Place Blvd.
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Fantastic post! Long live the King!
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