ELVIS Week continues today in Memphis. On the schedule of events:
Official Graceland Insiders Conference
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $50
Hosted by Tom Brown, the Graceland Insiders Conference will feature special segments that highlight various parts of Elvis’ life and career with sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes looks, rarely-seen videos, feature segments filmed just for the event and much more. 2017 special guests include: Bill Wallace, Elvis’ friend and karate champion; Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard and the brother of Elvis’ girlfriend Linda Thompson; Charles Stone, who worked closely with the Colonel on Elvis’ tours and career; Lisa Marie co-pilot Ron Strauss; rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, who toured with Elvis; and Dixie Locke Emmons, Elvis’ first girlfriend.
Also on the list of speakers: Dick Grob, who served as chief of security for Elvis. Grob was working with Elvis back in June of 1977 when Elvis’ tour brought him to Wisconsin. I wonder if Grob will talk or be asked about that night.
Tom Still, who now writes a business column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal 40 years ago.
And here’s a 2007 column about the “incident” from Madison.com.
As for Dick Grob he would later recount:
“We were on the way to the hotel and we stopped at a red light. There were two guys arguing real loud with the service station attendant about some gasoline charges. A shouting match started and I told the driver to go ahead and move it. Elvis said, ‘No, wait a minute , let’s see what’s happening here!’ We waited and the shouting match became even more heated so we pulled around the corner. Presley decided it wasn’t fair because the station attendant was a little guy and the other two guys were pretty good size. Elvis decided to even up the odds, so he leaped out of the car. I almost fainted. God here was Elvis jumping out of the car in the middle of a street brawl without letting us know what he was going to do. Hell, he coulda been shot. (We) almost tore the doors off the car getting out there to be with him.”
Grob was hired by Presley in 1970 and was a former Palm Springs police officer. Grob had gone on every tour with Presley from 1970 through 1975 when he quit the police department to work full time as Presley’s personal security and bodyguard until Presley’s death.