Friday, August 15, 2008

Tears for The King: August 16, 1977

Margie: Edna, you know how much I loved Elvis. August 16 will be the 31st anniversary of his death. I remember what I was doing that day in 1977 like it was yesterday.

You remember Mr. Hershey was trying to court me so we had gone for a drive that day. He had stopped to buy gasoline and to get us an RC Cola and Moon Pie. Honey, he came out of that store looking like he'd seen a ghost. He said he'd heard on the radio that Elvis was dead.

I called him an old lying fool and told him to take me home! I still don't believe it.

Edna: That was surely a sad day, wasn’t it? You know, I remember back in the early 70s, listening to a local AM radio station at night while I was cleaning up the kitchen and setting things to rights after a long day. The station signed off at each broadcast day by playing Elvis’ “American Trilogy.” Every single night, I would stand there and listen to him sing, and it never failed to bring tears to my eyes. I still can’t listen to it without getting goosebumps.

Oh, and his funeral, it was like the whole world was mourning.

Margie: Edna, I think we should go to that YouTube place and watch Trilogy right now. What do you say?

Edna: I think that's a fine idea, sister.

August 18, 1977


Anonymous said...

In a huge historical irony (or maybe your just smarter than everyone else) but RC Cola was used as a topical solution to keep Elvis so damn sexy.

The Natural State Hawg said...

'Twas a sad day, indeed, when Elvis died. Yes, I was a merely a lad at eight-years-old and still remember all the chaos...

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Margie and Edna said...

Margie: sinisterdan, I am quite smart. Thank you. Not only did RC cola keep him sexy, 6 bottle caps got me admission to one of his movies.

Thank you hawg. My goodness, Elvis loved him some smoked hawg. Was that you?

Silly Willy and Fluffy said...

I was in a ceramics class in Louisville, Ky. when the news came about Elvis's death. A few days later an elderly family member brought some family pictures of Elvis to the shop. It was a sad time for all.
Silly Willy

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