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30th Anniversary of Elvis’ Death Arrives


Katsumi Kasahara/AP Photo

Momoyo Sawahata, right, and her husband Hiroaki place a bouquet of flowers at the statue of Elvis Presley in front of the Love Me Tender shop which specializes in Elvis and 1950s rock’n’roll goods in Tokyo earlier today to mark the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death at age 42.

It was 30 years ago today. Elvis Presley, the King of rock ‘n’ roll, was found expired on a bathroom floor inside his Graceland mansion. Due to newsroom budget cuts, my offer to attend the huge remembrance festivities in Memphis was met with even more rolled eyes and cold stony contempt than usual. I did, however, manage to win editor approval to spend $13.96. This allowed me to honor the EP memory by making his favorite sandwich – a four-pound monstrosity of peanut butter, grape jelly and bacon known to Elvis historians as Fool’s Gold Loaf. There is no better metaphor for the hunka-hunka scale-bustin’ excess that was Elvis — Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review.

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Question: What’s your fondest memory of Elvis Presley?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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