Memories - Spring 1988 - 30 Years Ago - G.I. Elvis.

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Memories - Spring 1988 - 30 Years Ago - G.I. Elvis.

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Der Elvis - 30 Years Ago :Elvis Presley Joins The Army.
By Gary Paul Gates.

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Man, even 1988 is starting to seem like a long time ago. Thank you for the share.

Gary Paul Gates is an accomplished TV writer and producer. His story includes celebrated reporting and books on Dan Rather and Mike Wallace, and contributing to ESPN's "30 for 30." His essay, "Der Elvis," is extremely well-written, and it's from a first-person account of being over in Germany with Presley. That's a pretty rare combination.

His only flaw, really, is an over-reliance on the vile Albert Goldman biography. But it was still seen then as the "go-to" reference on Elvis' life and career. Thank goodness for Peter Guralnick's 1994 antidote, Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley.

The anecdote about Vernon Presley and the 16 year-old is new to me, as is their conversation about Presley's future. The photos are also quite good, a few of which are also new to me. Thanks again.

http://shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com/2013/04/30/profile-gary-paul-gates-his-keyboard-is-still-clattering-away/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1697737/
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drjohncarpenter wrote:Man, even 1988 is starting to seem like a long time ago. Thank you for the share.

Gary Paul Gates is an accomplished TV writer and producer. His story includes celebrated reporting and books on Dan Rather and Mike Wallace, and contributing to ESPN's "30 for 30." His essay, "Der Elvis," is extremely well-written, and it's from a first-person account of being over in Germany with Presley. That's a pretty rare combination.

His only flaw, really, is an over-reliance on the vile Albert Goldman biography. But it was still seen then as the "go-to" reference on Elvis' life and career. Thank goodness for Peter Guralnick's 1994 antidote, Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley.

The anecdote about Vernon Presley and the 16 year-old is new to me, as is their conversation about Presley's future. The photos are also quite good, a few of which are also new to me. Thanks again.

http://shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com/2013/04/30/profile-gary-paul-gates-his-keyboard-is-still-clattering-away/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1697737/

Yes 88 is also getting close to being 30 years ago.
Thanks for the Gary Paul Gates links.Every little bit helps to tell the story.
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Domino wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Man, even 1988 is starting to seem like a long time ago. Thank you for the share.

Gary Paul Gates is an accomplished TV writer and producer. His story includes celebrated reporting and books on Dan Rather and Mike Wallace, and contributing to ESPN's "30 for 30." His essay, "Der Elvis," is extremely well-written, and it's from a first-person account of being over in Germany with Presley. That's a pretty rare combination.

His only flaw, really, is an over-reliance on the vile Albert Goldman biography. But it was still seen then as the "go-to" reference on Elvis' life and career. Thank goodness for Peter Guralnick's 1994 antidote, Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley.

The anecdote about Vernon Presley and the 16 year-old is new to me, as is their conversation about Presley's future. The photos are also quite good, a few of which are also new to me. Thanks again.

http://shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com/2013/04/30/profile-gary-paul-gates-his-keyboard-is-still-clattering-away/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1697737/

Yes 88 is also getting close to being 30 years ago.
Thanks for the Gary Paul Gates links.Every little bit helps to tell the story.
I'm surprised more people haven't checked our this share. It's really insightful, a sober look at a crucial period in Elvis' life and career. Debating the merits of substandard soundtrack material is too important, I guess. ;-)
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drjohncarpenter wrote:
Domino wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Man, even 1988 is starting to seem like a long time ago. Thank you for the share.

Gary Paul Gates is an accomplished TV writer and producer. His story includes celebrated reporting and books on Dan Rather and Mike Wallace, and contributing to ESPN's "30 for 30." His essay, "Der Elvis," is extremely well-written, and it's from a first-person account of being over in Germany with Presley. That's a pretty rare combination.

His only flaw, really, is an over-reliance on the vile Albert Goldman biography. But it was still seen then as the "go-to" reference on Elvis' life and career. Thank goodness for Peter Guralnick's 1994 antidote, Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley.

The anecdote about Vernon Presley and the 16 year-old is new to me, as is their conversation about Presley's future. The photos are also quite good, a few of which are also new to me. Thanks again.

http://shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com/2013/04/30/profile-gary-paul-gates-his-keyboard-is-still-clattering-away/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1697737/

Yes 88 is also getting close to being 30 years ago.
Thanks for the Gary Paul Gates links.Every little bit helps to tell the story.
I'm surprised more people haven't checked our this share. It's really insightful, a sober look at a crucial period in Elvis' life and career. Debating the merits of substandard soundtrack material is too important, I guess. ;-)

I think your right.I read this 28 years ago and it was interesting then and actually more interesting now .
Well,the most anyone can do is put it out there and what happens next is up to the forum members.
I'm fine with it.It's not going anywhere.Those who want to take some time to read it ,will.
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It was very interesting. Thanks a lot for sharing with us and for your hard work.
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To me the best observation from the article was how the Colonel Parker manipulated Elvis, from "being a common soldier" to the below par soundtracks.
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jurasic1968 wrote:It was very interesting. Thanks a lot for sharing with us and for your hard work.

Thanks.It wasn't hard work.It's just fun to share .

jurasic1968 wrote:To me the best observation from the article was how the Colonel Parker manipulated Elvis, from "being a common soldier" to the below par soundtracks.
Manipulation should have been the Colonel's middle name.Maybe if Elvis's career had of continued on it's 1950's role through 59 & 60,it's quite possible the 1960's would have been different as far as the soundtracks are concerned.
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Even if Elvis went to US Army in Special service from 1958 to 1960 to sing for free to the soldiers (a nightmare of the Colonel) stationed in many countries this could be a first test before a world tour.
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jurasic1968 wrote:Even if Elvis went to US Army in Special service from 1958 to 1960 to sing for free to the soldiers (a nightmare of the Colonel) stationed in many countries this could be a first test before a world tour.

Yep.The much talked about world tour .
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