THE PRESLEY PLOT continues to spread like a summer rash! (Make that a wildfire.) Thanks to one of my oldest and dearest friends the book is now in the welcoming hands of the ELVIS FAN CLUB OF VIENNA, AUSTRIA! (Danke, Miss Ingrid!) I hope our Austrian friends enjoy the book. Maybe they will send me some chocolate or some strudel in return! (Hint, hint)
Speaking of foreign countries…… our blog, “Booksbystephengyanoff,” can now be seen in Russia, Turkey, Israel, and Ethiopia! (Welcome to the club, folks.) These new locations join 33 other nations around the globe. So… welcome! Keep those cards and letters coming and encourage your family and friends to become followers. There is no cost or obligation to subscribe, and we run an equal opportunity to amuse site. (K.G.B. members are not allowed to post comments.)
Now for the news…..
I recently had an opportunity to donate some books to a wonderful organization called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The folks that run the Austin chapter are going to use the books in a special gift basket that will auctioned off later this month. (A great fund-raising idea!) If you are located in Central Texas, I strongly urge you to support this group any way you can. They do some wonderful work and need all the help they can get. By the way, if your group needs some autographed books to raise funds, just contact me and I will be happy to send them along.
Those of you with a keen eye for beauty might have noticed that I now have a new photograph of myself on the blog site. At the request of my family and friends, I actually posed for a professional photographer. (No, I didn’t take the head shot in a booth at the mall.) I did that the first time around. This time I paid big bucks so that my image, in all of its magnificent glory, would be captured on film. Of course, you can still blow it up and use it on a dart board if you wish. (I’ll get “the point” if you do that.)
Finally, on this day, in 1949, Elvis and his family were accepted into the Memphis Housing Authority’s Lauderdale Courts. (Nowhere near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) They had to pay a whopping $35 a month for a 2 bedroom, first floor apartment. Vernon Presley (Elvis Presley’s father) was making less than $100 a month at the time, so this was not exactly “chicken feed” for them. They managed to “scratch out” the rent each month, but the place was really “foul.” (All right, I won’t use my joke about a “Pecking Order!”) Let’s just say that the King came from humble beginnings, which is why he seemed to honestly appreciate his later success. As they say, fairy tales can come true, they can happen to you …..
Well, that’s all for now. I am playing in a huge poker tournament tonight…. so I must take a nap before the game begins. When I get to the game I will let the chips fall where they may! (Hopefully in my pocket!) Have a great day and be careful driving…..
Love to all,