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Column #42 - published February 5, 2001
ELVIS: Never Forgotten
Another January 8, another birthday gone by, a new millenium, the Internet,
computers, a million new artists, 300 TV channels on cable, and the software
program Pro-Tools can make any dog sound as good as Caruso, but yet there is
one constant, one thing which never changes: there never was, nor will
there ever be again anybody quite like Elvis Presley.
He, more than anybody, represented the American Dream.
He was the embodiment of Americanism.
My Elvis mouse pad: computers come and computers go, but Elvis is FOREVER!!!
Born dirt poor in Tupelo, Mississippi, he rose to the top with his rebellious
ways, yet, unlike today's phony "rebels", he never stopped being a
gentleman, he never stopped being a "Mensch".
Not only did he put down the most soulful and sensual music ever recorded,
encompassing many American styles, but he set the standard for cool cat
fashions, wearing the sharpest threads ever seen. Compare his cool trim
American looks to today's sloppy boring disheveled outfits, and you'll know
what I mean!!
At great risk to his career and personal safety he fought against segregation
and racial bigotry when it was not fashionable to do so, but he did so
because it was the right thing to do. Likewise he never sided with the
1960s/Hippie types who burned the American flag and rooted for the Communists
to win in Southeast Asia. Well the Communists did win, and immediately
proceeded to exterminate around two million Cambodians, and furthermore
hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese were imprisoned, tortured, or forced to
escape the Communist Gulag.
I am but one example of the positive influence Elvis had over this world, and
thus I decided to praise my son Jeremy for his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Ner
Tamid here in Las Vegas, and at the same time to pay tribute to the Hillbilly
Elvis bubblegum packets
Here is my speech from January 27, 2001:
"Jeremy's middle name is Aaron, the same as Elvis Presley's middle name.
Indeed Jeremy was born on the same day as Elvis Presley.
Not only was Elvis the King of Rock'n'Roll, but he
also was always eager to help others: Elvis had an
Orthodox Rabbi for neighbour who needed a non-
Jew to do basic chores during the Shabbath.
So he asked Elvis, who was around Jeremy's age at the time, for help.
Presley gladly accepted to help the Rabbi and his family on the Shabbath.
But when it came time for the Rabbi to pay Elvis,
the young Presley refused to accept any money
even though he was dirt poor back then.
Elvis felt it was a great honor for him to help out
the Jewish People, and would not take any
This went on for many Shabbaths.
Presley always refused to take money.
To this day the Rabbi's family remembers fondly
how kind and generous Elvis Presley was.
This is the same kind of generosity and good heart
Jeremy has shown us throughout his childhood,
a loving and caring attitude he assuredly will
carry on into manhood.
Jeremy Aaron Weiser's Bar Mitzvah: Ronny, David, Jeremy, Benny, Laurie
On the day of his Bar Mitzvah I present Jeremy with this Tallit."
From my Column #12 I take a final quote on Elvis' good heart from Gordon
Stoker of the Jordanaires:
"He'd still be with us if the Colonel had taken care of him. He was the
nicest guy in the world. He was too nice a guy for his own good. Very
friendly, he allowed people to push him, which he never should have done.
It's just sad the way people did him.
This guy died basically broke, and there was no reason for that at all. He
was the friendliest guy in the world; don't believe all the lies they're
printing in those books!!! We knew him real well!"
God bless you, Elvis Presley, King Of Rock'n'Roll!!!
Always Rollin' The Rollin' Rock,
Rockin' Ronny Weiser
The Rockabilly Rebel Westerner From Las Vegas, The Wild Wild West!
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