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On Aug. 16, 1977 I was standing outside my junior high school, waiting Elvisfor orientation to begin when a friend told me Elvis Presley had died.  The King. Gone. I’ve never been a big fan of Elvis, although I’ve known many people who were, including my Grandma Elliot.

This picture is the Elvis I grew up on. The Las Vegas Elvis. He was the first celebrity that helped me realize that if you did something really well, women would throw their panties at your feet (in today’s standards that would be thongs, not panties).

So, to honor the King of Rock-n-Roll, here are a few of his more pithy quotes:

The only thing worse than watching a bad movie is being in one.

I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.

The world is more alive at night; it’s like God isn’t looking.

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

I don’t want to read about some of these actresses who are around today. They sound like my niece in Scarsdale. I love my niece in Scarsdale, but I won’t buy tickets to see her act.

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.

Every time I think that I’m getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens.

That last quote cracks me up. Yep, something else happened and it took the King from us at the age of 42, which just happens to be how old I am.  Thankfully, I’m not addicted to any pharmaceuticals – or to bacon for that matter.

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