ELVIS WEEK: The drive-in

“The coronavirus has upended countless minor and major life events over the past few months. While many of these plans were canceled, a surprising share migrated to the drive-in movie theater, where social distancing, via cars and pickup trucks, is the norm.”
The August 17, 2020 issue of TIME.

Today at Graceland:

August 13, 14, and 16. 9:00 PM
Graceland hosts three nights of the king on the big screen with our first-ever Graceland Drive-in. Watch Elvis on a four-story outdoor screen from inside your car listening over the car radio, or bring some chairs and a portable radio to enjoy the movie under the stars.

Graceland Drive-in Screenings include:

  • Viva Las Vegas on Thursday, August 13 at 9:00 pm Buy Tickets
  • ’68 Comeback Special on Friday, August 14 at 9:00 pm Buy Tickets
  • Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii on Sunday, August 16 at 9:00 pm Buy Tickets

The Graceland Drive-in is included for Elvis Week Day Pass purchasers for that day. Carloads are $20. Advanced purchase strongly encouraged. More about the Graceland Drive-in

“This movie is worth seeing for the megawatt charisma of Elvis and Ann Margaret and the sparkling entertaining musical numbers. It’s not just the charisma of these two, but their chemistry, by far the best chemistry Elvis had with any co star.”
From a movie review on the website Rotten Tomatoes

Today’s highly interesting read (08/12/20): Assemble an Apology Parade for Sarah Palin

You remember August of 2008.

And then out came the nasties with their daggers and darts.

Today’s read is from Tim Graham,  is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org.

An august group of feminists — including America’s most audacious abortion advocates — joined Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, to form the “We Have Her Back” coalition and lobby the media for “anti-sexist” coverage of the Democratic vice presidential selection. The establishment media received a list of don’ts: Don’t question her attractiveness, her ambition, her experience, her likability, her electability or her qualifications.

It’ll be different now that Kamala is the nominee.

Today’s read.


Grim Reapers in the news media

During these chaotic times I’m reminded of a M*A*S*H* episode from 1977 entitled “The Grim Reaper.”

According to one online summary Hawkeye and B.J. are with Colonel Potter in his office listening to a report by (yes, this was his name) Colonel Bloodworth, who is on a daily crusade to accurately predict war casualties. Bloodworth informs them of an impending major ground assault on Hill 403 along with his prediction of how many casualties they can expect: an estimated 280 to 290 wounded soldiers, and twenty more if the weather is bad.

Hawkeye grows to despise Bloodworth. After surgery, the number of wounded turn out to be seventy-seven short of Bloodworth’s prediction. Hawkeye tracks Bloodworth down in the Officers Club and gloats over his shortfall. But the PA announces more incoming wounded. When Bloodworth says it’s the other 77 soldiers, Hawkeye, calling Bloodworth  a “grim reaper”, expresses his disgust with Bloodworth. Hawkeye grabs Bloodworth by his shirt and throws him against a wall.

Hawkeye survives as Bloodworth drops charges to avoid a court martial hearing.

Today’s media is just like Bloodworth. They are on a constant body count, a la Vietnam. An update on the latest death toll sends them drooling, ready to pounce and alert the wound of the fatalities, not to panic the masses but put nails in the Trump’s presidential coffin.

Here’s an example of how the media just can’t wait to make a mad dash to their keyboard, microphones, and cameras to announce the latest deadly news.

Wisconsin is on the verge of a grim milestone with 998 COVID-19 deaths

And then a few days later the bells went off from a gleeful media.

They’re rooting for the virus. That means more negative stories each and every day. Pretty despicable.


It’s ELVIS WEEK: “God is the bigger Elvis”

Virtual Elvis Week will be offered through a private, closed Facebook group which will allow fans the opportunity to watch the special programming at the best time for them. All concerts, panels and other special content will be available for viewing through the end of August. Tickets for Virtual Elvis Week 2020 are $39 and available for purchase online.

Today at Graceland:

Conversation on Elvis Panel – Friends of Elvis 1

All new interviews!
Available for viewing starting at 7:00 AM CT. *
Hosted by Elvis Week host Tom Brown, enjoy newly-recorded interviews with Mother Dolores Hart, who co-starred with Elvis in “King Creole” and “Loving You”; Marlyn Mason, who co-starred with Elvis in “The Trouble with Girls”; Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard and the brother of Elvis’ girlfriend Linda Thompson; and Charles Stone, who worked closely with the Colonel on Elvis’ tours and career.

2017 Songwriters Showcase

Available for viewing starting at 6:00 PM CT. *
Join host Andy Childs at the Soundstage at Graceland for a show featuring music, stories and special guests talking about the music they wrote for Elvis. The showcase features guests Mac Davis, who wrote many of Elvis’ hits, such as “In the Ghetto”; Mike Stoller, who with his partner Jerry Leiber, wrote more than twenty songs recorded by Elvis, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Loving You,” “Love Me,” and “Treat Me Nice”; and Mark James, who wrote “Suspicious Minds,” “Always on my Mind,” “Moody Blue,” among others.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/0d/8b/7b/0d8b7b7fb294cd0cc183877d440ee41b--dolores-hart-movie-kisses.jpgDolores Hart

As mentioned  she appeared in two Elvis films: “Loving You” (above) in 1957…


And “King Creole”  in 1958…

After the Elvis movies she debuted on Broadway, winning a 1959 Theatre World Award as well as a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress for her role in The Pleasure of His Company.

In 1960, Hart got a big break, starring in “Where the Boys Are” Four more films came, the last  opposite Hugh O’Brian in 1963’s “Come Fly with Me.”

Hart decided to leave the movie business, got engaged to Los Angeles businessman Don Robinson, and subsequently broke off the engagement.

Then came a move that startled the industry when Hart was just 25.


The actress became a Roman Catholic nun at the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Today at the age of 80, she is the Rev. Mother Dolores Hart, prioress, or second-in-charge, at the abbey.

Hart has written a book.


And in 2011 Hart was the focus of a documentary, “God is the Bigger Elvis.”

Today’s highly interesting read (08/11/20): School Teacher: We Don’t Want You to Know the Radical Stuff We’ve Been Teaching Your Kids

Today’s read is from Madeline Peltzer, a Townhall.com intern and a senior at Hillsdale College in Michigan where she is majoring in Politics and minoring in Journalism. She is a former White House intern and has freelanced for the Heartland Institute, Campus Reform, and Michigan Capitol Confidential.

Here’s a brief excerpt, followed by a link to the entire piece.

Despite Democrats’ push for remote learning this fall, some public school teachers have concerns. Not because they’re worried about the quality of education children will receive, but because they don’t want parents to find out about the radical progressive agenda they’ve been pushing for years.

Conservatives have been sounding the alarm about public school indoctrination for years…these concerns are warranted. 

I think the young lady is going places.

Here’s her full column.


It’s ELVIS WEEK: At the piano

ELVIS WEEK continues today with a special guest:

Virtual Elvis Week will be offered through a private, closed Facebook group which will allow fans the opportunity to watch the special programming at the best time for them. All concerts, panels and other special content will be available for viewing through the end of August. Tickets for Virtual Elvis Week 2020 are $39 and available for purchase online.

Today at Graceland:

2016 An Afternoon with Elvis’ Piano Man, Glen D. Hardin
Available for viewing starting at 6:00 PM CT.

A throwback to Elvis Week 2016, join us for a special event featuring TCB Band member Glen Hardin and musician Andy Childs as they share stories and music. Glen, who performed and played piano for Elvis from 1970 to 1976, has an incredible resume as a musician, songwriter and arranger – and was responsible for a large percentage of Elvis’ orchestral arrangements, many of which he would stay up writing overnight because Elvis would decide he wanted to do a new song on a whim.

Hardin says he started arranging material for Elvis soon after he met him.

He came in one day, and started singing ‘Let It Be Me’, the Everly Brothers song. The orchestra took a break, he started singing it and we started playing along with him. But he didn’t know the words, he couldn’t remember them. I didn’t know them either. And then when the orchestra came back after the break, he said: ‘Well, maybe we’ll work on that tomorrow or sometime when I get the words’. So when the rehearsal was over that day, I went upstairs and called Los Angeles and got the words, and I sat down and arranged that. I put that together for him, and had it there the next day. Hired some people to copy the music and all that. And when he came in to rehearse, I had a security guard come and tell me that he was coming down the hallway. Just as he got to the door, I kicked it off with the orchestra, and then he’d know what it was. I handed him a big lyric sheet with all the words on it. He just loved it. And it’s such a beautiful song, you know, it’s just one of those that you can’t miss.



Elvis was the first solo entertainer to hold a live concert broadcast internationally via satellite in 1973. More than a billion people from more than 40 countries across Asia and Europe tuned in to watch “Aloha from Hawaii.”

Audience tickets for the January 14 concert and its January 12 pre-broadcast rehearsal show carried no price. Each audience member was asked to pay whatever he or she could afford. The performance and concert merchandise sales raised $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii.

Glen Hardin solos.


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Race in Green Bay worth watching Tuesday

“Politics is an ugly game.”

This story involves a sleazy Democrat that dates back to last fall. Maybe that’s why it’s gotten little attention, unlike the round-the clock media coverage if the nasty culprit had been a Republican.

A state representative is in a primary race Tuesday. Can he survive?

Staffer says Rep. Staush Gruszynski’s sexual harassment was ‘calculated’ during night out.

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3) A lot of Franklin voters are mighty confused

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5) It’s official. Franklin police NOT going to the DNC.

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