Sharyn is currently writing a non-fiction, autobiographical memoir.
As some of you may know, I was at the 40th Memorial Service which was handled by George Klein. It was good to see family and friends that week. One of the complaints that I heard from Elvis fans during Elvis week - was about having to pay to get in to visit Elvis' grave.
Personally, I did not have to pay - but I would like to pass on some information to you all - that you might find helpful:
Free Walk-Up Times for Meditation Garden
Daily throughout the year there is a period of time for free-admission walk-up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland, where the grave sites of Elvis and members of his family are located. Then the area becomes part of the regular ticketed Graceland Mansion tours for the rest of the day. The winter hours for free walk-up visits are 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. daily. During the Elvis' Birthday Celebration, there will also be nightly walk-ups from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on January 5, 6 and 8.
NOTE from me: please keep in mind that Security is required on the grounds of Graceland. Personally, I apologize to Elvis fans for the pay to see situation regarding Elvis' grave - but that is not currently part of my responsibility. Also, the information (as seen above) is usually at the very end of the information - so scroll to the end of items sent out from Graceland on their website to find future updates on visits to the Meditation Garden, please.
"During "Love Me Tender", he sang particularly to his wife, Priscilla, who was in the audience. During the first verse, he jokingly replaced the line "You have made my life complete" with "You have made my life a wreck...err, complete" as a brief, lighthearted joke. It drew a giggle from the audience, including Priscilla."
I don't think that it is an accident or a joke that Elvis sang ~ wreck ER, complete ~ in the FIRST verse...
After my mom got pregnant with me, norman mailER asked her to marry him at least three times. You can be sure that Elvis would have done what was necessary to make sure that didn't
happen...even though Norman had gotten a divorce and wanted me to have his last name.
According to Jimmy Day my mom had dated Elvis. Vi's brother said it was for about five years. To use the Friends TV show as an example - they were "on a break", (a very recent break) when she was with Norman - for a few thrusts that changed his life and all the lives of those involved. [Interesting to notice how Elvis didn't sing that to his wife in the SECOND verse, but the FIRST.]
BTW ~ the kiss on the right wrist was for me...I was five years old when this show aired. I don't recall seeing it until I was older...it was Gerald Elander that told me he wants to know what hand you use...we decided my right. (My mom and Gerald had moved in to a model home in the suburbs with myself and their younger boy - with blond hair.)
Elvis had made "public" that he had dated 25 women at a time - not like on the Bachelor shows, now - but more personally. I don't think that he was ever content with one woman - as to my knowledge - at least. My mom and Elvis mated for life, like Eagles. It wasn't quite that time of the year again - during the year that he died - although, it is my understanding that their relationship changed - when he wanted to get engaged to Ginger Alden - which he did do, as they were engaged when he died.
I also recall that famous line - YOU COMPLETE ME - from the Jerry McGuire movie...It's interesting that Elvis did say/sing "complete" during the FIRST verse, also.
this section updated on 11.24.2017
I had asked my mom, Vi, what I should call the man in her bedroom. She didn't want me to use his real name - did she? Vi went in the bedroom and asked him, she came out of the bedroom a few moments later and said, "He wants you to call him Santa Claus."