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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Our House When Elvis Died

There was drama, much drama.

I took my daughter, almost two-years-old, to the local pool to pick up my two older children, age 7- and 9-years-old. The drive is three-minutes at the most, about ten blocks away. I heard the news moments before I arrived. It was almost 5 pm.

My friend was arriving with her daughter, same age, to pick up her three children the age of my older two. As I got out of the car with my little girl in my arms, so did my friend. I called out to her about two cars away that Elvis had died. She did not believe it could be true. She questioned me as to whether it was true, not because she thought I would lie but because she did not want to believe it could be true. We both had tears in our eyes.

When I told my children, my daughter started crying and so did I.  My son had a tear or two, maybe more. But, my daughter and I were still sobbing when husband came home. It was a sad day at our house that night.

August 16, 1977 is one of those days I remember according to the horrific event, where I was and what I was doing. I am from Memphis and the children were familiar with his home, his music.

Your turn
Do you remember where you were when you heard Elvis had died? Do you have memories of other events and where you were when you heard?

14 comments:

  1. I am not sure where we were going, but I remember being in the car with my mom and dad, driving over a bridge, when the news came over the radio.

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    1. jolie,
      It is interesting that you remember driving over a bridge. I am not sure why I think that...lol. Thanks for commenting. Join in again.

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  2. No. But I have vivid memories of hearing John Lennon had been shot

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    1. Meg B.,
      I remember being horrified and terribly saddened about John Lennon's death, but cannot place the time. thanks.

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  3. Cannot really where I was but it was a shock. I loved the young Elvis, but as he got old and made all those dumb movies I lost interest I think it was sixth grade when we first heard of him and the boys in class were trying to make sideburns.

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    1. carol,
      I loved him even fat and drugged up because I remembered the young Elvis. Boys in the sixth grade probably had little success with sideburns! Thanks for that memory.

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  4. I was in a car driving with my mother. I remember that she was very upset by the news.

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    1. Bill,
      I do understand her being upset. Thanks. Come by again. I love your blog!

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  5. My not-yet husband and I were driving home from work - we were both in the navy then and stationed at NAS Millington, just north of Memphis. We couldn't figure out why everyone had their headlights on in the middle of the day, so we turned on the radio and heard the news. Neither of us was a big Elvis fan, but it was still shocking news.

    The flag flew at half mast on the navy base for a week, which was quite an honor. Elvis was known for occasionally bringing busloads of sailors from the base down to Graceland for meals with him.

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    1. theoccasional,
      Ah, I do know where Milligan is located since I am from Memphis. I think it shocked quite a few people who were not fans. He did have a generous heart. I remember hearing about the sailors in Graceland. Thanks for the memory.

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    2. I know I typed Millington!

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  6. I remember being in the car with my mom and dad, driving over a bridge, when the news came over the radio.

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  7. I had left my daughter with a good friend while my husband & I chauffeured house guests up to los Angeles & to Universal Studios.We were riding the tram around the amusement park. At first I thought it was a joke of some sort. Unfortunately I had left my daughter with the biggest Elvis fan I have ever known.

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    1. Janet,
      How funny! Yes, Elvis fans abound where you least suspect. Was there crying and sobbing?

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