Big E Promotion Violates Space/Time Continuum

Elvis Reading BIG E

This picture makes no sense. It contains Elvis circa 1957 reading a book that takes place in late 1977. I don’t care. I think it looks cool.

Plus, it pushes the message about my long range goal for BIG E and the SANTA MAN – to have EPE make it into an animated Christmas special on TV. With every book I ship out, I ask readers to email me back if they agree, and the results so far are awesome. Not only do they like the book. They also can’t wait to see it as a TV Christmas special.

The quote above supposedly attributed to Elvis reveals an interesting aspect of the story. Every fantasy needs to have some magic in it, and my book has it big time. The North Pole is not just a geographic marker. It is the source of many magical properties. Including one that enables Santa to fly around the world and deliver presents to all the children in just one night. And, some of the daring deeds done by Big E and Santa to save Christmas are made possible by North Pole magic.


The Beatles Reading Big E and the Santa Man

This picture is equally impossible. The Beatles of the mid-sixties cannot read a book that is published in 2015.

So, what’s the point? I must make an admission. The cover of the book declares it is a Rock and Roll Christmas fantasy. Fantasy writers have the liberty to create the world their story takes place in, so I decided to add an allusion to the Beatles in mine. However, I have found out it is so subtle that most readers miss it.

Therefore, consider this picture as a hint of something to look for in the book. Big E needs a band if he is going to make music, so he teaches three musically inclined elves how to play guitar. Together with a great elf drummer, they develop into a kick-butt rock band. And the name they choose for the band is the ELVI’s (pronounced elv-eyes). You can be sure BIG E and the ELVI’s make some terrific music. Have you ever wished Elvis and the Beatles had performed together? My book’s fantasy of this mind-blowing combination is as close as you are ever going to get.


Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover
Look at this cover for a second. The building is Santa’s castle at the North Pole. The workshop is in the back out of sight, but so much fun stuff in the story takes place there. The main elves are Gears, a mechanical genius, and Corky, who overflows with creative and artistic talents.

About half-way through the story, Gears and Corky realize they are attracted to each other. I’m pretty sure there’s never been a Christmas fantasy with a romance between two elves, but now in BIG E and the SANTA MAN, there is.

So, my story has a magical North Pole, an elf romance, and allusions to the Beatles. Plus other allusions as well. Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is one you might expect, but believe it or not, a popular feature of Star Trek is part of the plot to ruin Christmas.

If you are thinking that this all sounds like a goofy hodge-podge and couldn’t possibly be any good, I urge you to click here and read the praise from four early readers of the book. They are not my friends or neighbors, they are men of stature in the Elvis universe.

We are getting closer to Christmas and you should seriously think about giving this book as a gift, or better yet, a present for yourself. If you are an Elvis fan, you will love him as a real hero. Big E is everything you would want Elvis to be in a fantasy story.

So, please send a check for $10 to:

Phil Arnold
159 Browning Dr.
Greer, SC 29560

And I will promptly mail you a copy of the book.

This will not be the price when I bring the book back for the next Christmas season. It will be available on Amazon then, but my introductory discount will be gone, and they will add a big chunk to the price. There will be an eBook available next year, too, that will probably sell for less than $10, but right now you can get the real book for that.


Big E and the Santa Man teams up the two most famous icons in the world for a thrilling adventure. You will totally love the most unlikely buddy story ever written.

Thank you, thankyouverymuch,


Phil Arnold

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50th Anniversary Movie Pictorials — Harum Scarum: 1965

Elvis Waking up After Abduction in Harum Scarum

In my opinion, this photo represents the only thing in Harum Scarum to justify watching it. Certainly it is not the plot, acting, songs, or the action scenes. No, it is the constant parade of scantily-clad lovelies. They come in many varieties – a princess, a damsel in distress, a villain, these slave girls (they dress nice for slaves, don’t they?), and three belly dancers.

Harum Scarum was Elvis’ nineteenth movie, and it premiered on November 24, 1965.

There are some silly Elvis movies that I enjoy watching, Tickle Me, Kissin’ Cousins, Live A Little to name a few. But Harum Scarum really isn’t that much fun and strains all creditability. For example, Elvis has been drugged and whisked off by the bad guys and where does he wake up? Not in a prison cell, but surrounded by the beauties above. Even worse, he sings a whole song to them before he realizes he’s not dreaming and says, “Hey, you’re real.”

Movie within a Movie in Harum Scarum

Here’s the device they used to start the film – a movie within a movie. That’s Elvis fighting a bad guy in Arabian Nights type movie being shown to all the important people of the kingdom of Babelstan. After Elvis beats off the villains, he has to battle a leopard. No problem. He gives it just one karate chop and kills it.

Elvis about to Karate Chop a Tiger in Garum Scarum

Elvis Karate Chopping a Tiger in Harum Scarum2

Sorry for the blurry shot, but that leopard was moving fast.

Anyway, there were some real villains in that audience viewing the movie, and they somehow get the idea that the American actor has amazingly talented killing hands for real. And because they believe he can get access to the king, they decide to blackmail him to “eliminate a person of great Importance.”

Let’s go back to that damsel in distress in the photo above for a moment.

Elvis Kissing Girl after Saving Her in Harum Scarum

Once he rescues her, she plants a kiss on him. In my opinion, this is the best on-screen kiss Elvis ever did. Long, sensuous lip-lock. Ladies, check it out. It happens early, so you don’t have to watch a lot of the movie to see it.

Sonny West in Harum Scarum

One way I amuse myself when watching Elvis’ bad movies is looking for cameo appearances by his Memphis Mafia buddies. Can you spot Sonny West in the back row?

Red West as Villian in Harum Scarum

Here’s Red West playing one of the bad guys known as the Assassins. He’s in a number of scenes.

Elvis and Thief with Bananas in Harum Scarum

This guy is a conniving marketplace thief who ends up helping Elvis beat the Assassins. However, the more scenes he was in, the more I wished he’d go away. I only added this screen grab because he looks obsessed with the banana and Elvis seems amused. Feel free to add your own caption to the picture.

.Elvis, Thief and Water Lillies in Harum Scarum

Another cinematic highlight staring Elvis and this guy.

Elvis using Karate Chop on Assasin in Harum Scarum

Elvis does a bunch of Karate chops throughout the movie, but never kills anybody. He says his hits will put them out of commission for about an hour. Guess he does have pretty talented hands after all.

Fran Jeffries and Elvis in Harum Scarum

This is lovely villian Aishah played by Fran Jeffries. Elvis didn’t waste any time putting a move on her after she came out of the tent.

Elvis Kissing Fran Jeffries in Harum Scarum

But she tricked him and knocked him out with drugged wine. At least he got in a kiss before he keeled over (She was the second of four women Elvis kissed in the film. Might be a record number).

Elvis Singing in Jail in Harum Scarum

Here’s Elvis singing a song in prison. Of course, there was background music from that talented invisible band that shows up in so many Elvis movies. I’ve got to compile a list of all the movies where Elvis ended up in jail. Let’s see: Jailhouse Rock, Girl Happy, Blue Hawaii, and probably some others I can’t think of.

Elvis and Belly Dancers in Harum Scarum

These are the three belly dancers mentioned above. They were actually in a number of non-dancing scenes, a nice distraction when the plot got lame.

Little Girl Dancing in Harum Scarum

This little girl also did a belly dance for Elvis. I wish they had cut the scene. It was totally inappropriate and cringe worthy.

Elvis leads the Raid in Harum Scarum

I like this shot of Elvis. He is leading a motley crew of folks taking on the Assassins, and he giving directions on what everybody should do.


Mary Ann Mobley When she First Sees Elvis in Harum Scarum

We will finish this pictorial with shots of Elvis’ love interest, Princess Shalimar, played by Mary Ann Mobley. This is when she first laid eyes on Elvis. As you can see, she was most impressed. They talked for one minute and thirty-seven seconds of screen time, and then rode horses to the Pool of Omar without speaking. Then he spent two minutes singing to her followed by a kiss and a few more seconds of dialog. That’s all it took – they were both in love.

Mary Ann Mobley When she First Sees Elvis in Harum Scarum

Earlier in the movie, Elvis sang to five women while thinking he was asleep, but here we have the Princess gazing into a pool and not only seeing Elvis but hearing him sing. Mystical stuff for sure.

Mary Ann Mobley Getting Mad at Elvis in Harum Scarum

Mary Ann Mobley is so sweet and composed during the whole movie, except for this scene. Here she is angry with Elvis because she thinks he is out to harm her father the king. I like her in both movies she made with Elvis, but I much prefer the aggressive hottie she played in Girl Happy, even though she lost Elvis to Shelly Fabares.

Elvis Hugging Mary Ann Mobley in Girl Happy

But in Harum Scarum, she gets her man, and then the movie ends with this.

Elvis Kissing Mary Ann Mobley at End of Harum Scarum



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BIG E Has Entered the Building

Santa's World Cover

Yeah. Who is this BIG E guy, anyway?

Perhaps this excerpt from the back cover of BIG E and the SANTA MAN will make it clearer.

Author's Message

Where indeed? What could possibly be more remote and special than Santa’s castle at the North Pole? And because he is trying to start a new life, Elvis would naturally choose a new name. So, when he got there, he told Santa to call him Big E.

Okay, but why Santa Man, not just plain old Santa? We fans know Elvis gave nicknames to everybody. A few include “Satnin” for Priscilla, “Dodger” for his grandmother, “Hog Ears” for Alan Fortas, “Putts” for bass player Norbert Putnam, “Thumper” for Ann-Margret, and many more. “Santa Man” follows in this tradition of Elvis giving pet names to people close to him.

One name I won’t mention here is the evil villain who wants to ruin Christmas. He is someone you are already familiar with, and you will be very surprised when his identity is disclosed in the book.


Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover


Because it is a Christmas story, BIG E and the SANTA MAN will be offered on ElvisBlog in future holiday seasons. By next Christmas, PayPal will definitely be available, and I now see that an e-book version is necessary to reach international markets at an economical price. But this year, I’m just trying to keep it simple. You send me a check for $10 (17 Canadian), and I send you a copy of the book. It will go by Media Mail which will take about 10 days or so.

So, get moving and send your check to:

Phil Arnold
159 Browning Dr
Greer, SC 29650

Buy this book, or I'll smash your house

Just kidding. But you really should want to read this book without coercion. You’re an Elvis fan, so you will love him in hero mode when dire circumstances force him into action. Your heart will be warmed by his close relationship with Santa and Mama Claus and all the elves. And you will marvel at his ingenious plans for beating the villain and saving Christmas.

So, how about it? Are you ready to order BIG E and the SANTA MAN?


Thank you, thankyouverymuch,


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Snoopy and the Presidential Election

Did you recently get an email from Graceland Insiders that gave you a link to this?

Vote for Elvis for President

In spite of what it says, they do not offer a way to do this vote. However, you can submit your email address and possibly be one of 60 winners of a prize. What would you win?

Elvis Presidential Campaign Kit

Graceland really goes all out for prizes, don’t they? This is a picture of the button.

Elvis for President 2016

And here’s the banner. I think we can imagine what the magnet will look like.

Elvis for Present Banner


The promotional release contained the familiar photo of Elvis and President Nixon, as well as this candid shot.

Elvis for President Cropped

I can’t figure out why they cropped down this photo that shows so much more.

Elvis Presley for President


ElvisBlog has run four posts over the years connecting Elvis and the presidency. Check these out for lots more photos.

Elvis for President?

Elvis and the 1992 Presidential Election


Elvis at the Clinton Presidential Library


I have added a few more Elvis/President photos to my files since the last of these was posted.

Elvis Presley shakes hands with President Nixon

This is my favorite Elvis/Nixon photo. Who but Elvis would wear sunglasses in the oval office? And look at the handful of goodies he got from Nixon. Elvis actually came around and looked in Nixon’s desk drawer containing the parting gifts for visiting dignataries and asked for more stuff. Only Elvis.


Don't Blame Me I Voted for Elvis

Elvis Running for President DVD

Roosevelt and Elvis Bust

Elvis Sworn in as President

Elvis for King

I like this slogan the best. I also liked it better when it was Elvis Insiders, not Graceland Insiders like it is now.


Do you remember the title of this post? It is Snoopy and the Presidential Election. However, there is no connection between the two. It just indicates that there are two topics for you to enjoy. The second was inspired by the release of the new Peanuts movie this past Friday.

Snoopy elvis in red


Jailhouse Rock Snoopy

Snoopy with Elvis heart


Snoopy and Elvis Cartoon

I Miss Elvis

We miss you, too, Elvis.



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Serious Praise for BIG E and the SANTA MAN …….. by people of stature in Elvis World

The last promotional post for BIG E and the SANTA MAN was tongue-in-cheek, pretending that famous politicians have read the book.

Trump-Hillary-Biden withe Big E and the Santa Man

But some very real people with very real credibility in the Elvis community have read it. Here’s what they have to say.


Jerry Osborne

Elvis collector, historian, and editor of:
ELVIS – Just Like Any Other Soldier
ELVIS Word for Word
Presleyanna: The Elvis Presley Price Guide




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Because Big E and the Santa Man is “A Rock & Roll Christmas Fantasy,” anything that can be imagined can happen … and does.

In the first chapter of this delightful little story, Elvis arrives at the North Pole to visit Santa and Mama Claus. He tells them to call him Big E. Ultimately, he and Santa are on a mission to see that all the presents get delivered on Christmas Eve, but a nasty villain, and his dreaded transporter beam, is out to sabotage the journey.

Of course both sides have their soldiers, good elves and bad, along with some very cool science fiction and futuristic gizmos. You’ll have to read the book to know how the battle ends, and more importantly, whether or not the presents get delivered.

I give Big E and the Santa Man a big “E” for “Entertaining.”

Jerry Osborne


Alan Hanson

Elvis Biography Author, 
Elvis ’57, The Final Fifties Tours
Elvis Blog Creator,
Elvis-History Blog –


Alan Hanson Book and Blog


Have you ever wondered where Elvis Presley is now and what he’s doing? Phil Arnold, the original Elvis blogger, has provided intriguing answers to those questions in his new book, Big E and the Santa Man.

It’s fitting that Elvis should partner with another cultural icon to combat the forces of evil and continue spreading joy to people of all ages. This book affirms what all fans of the “King of Rock ’n’ Roll” know to be true—that the spirit of Elvis Presley will live on forever.

Every Elvis fan, young and old, will enjoy reading Phil Arnold’s Big E and the Santa Man this and every Christmas season to come.

Alan Hanson


Red Robinson

Legendary DJ —Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1995




Red Robinson Website and Pic with Elvis


Big E and the Santa Man is a fantastic world that Phil Arnold has created. Taking two magical characters and bringing them together works in this very imaginative story. Elvis always loved Christmas and I am sure he would have enjoyed this tale.

Red Robinson


Jeff Schrembs

Elvis collector, historian, commentator, and blogger


Jeff Schrembs Website and Blog


Phil Arnold has written a witty and insightful Christmas fantasy… a good read you will enjoy this Christmas and each one to come.

In chapter after chapter of BIG E and the SANTA MAN, the characters, the dialog, and the surroundings become more vivid. The exchanges involving “Big E” convey Elvis’ mannerisms, his good heart, and his vocal Inflections, and in doing so breathe life into the pages.

I have often said that part of Elvis’ genius was his heart. His charitable interests and giving. His true caring for others. These qualities far too often are overlooked.

Thank you Phil Arnold for giving of your time and passion concerning Elvis Presley. And for writing this enjoyable book that is light hearted but carries a strong message. Take care and may God bless you always.

Jeff Schrembs


So, there it is…. Positive reviews of BIG E and the SANTA MAN from four people of stature in Elvis World. If you had been skeptical before that the book could be any good, this should give you confidence that it is. You will love the book as much as these people.

And did you notice that all four reviews mentioned Christmas?  This is a Rock and Roll Christmas fantasy.  As I’ve said before, BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the:



So, tell somebody you want this book for Christmas, and tell them to send a check for $10 to:

Phil Arnold
159 Browning Dr.
Greer, SC 29650

That’s right, a mere $10. I’ll get the book out to you immediately, and even with slow Media Mail service, you’ll have it within ten days or so. If you have any questions, email me at


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Thank you, thankyouverymuch,


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Show Your Dog’s Inner Elvis this Halloween

Show Your Inner Elvis at Halloween

Did this offer from show up in your email inbox recently?  They’ve actually got some quality costumes available this year.  The gold lame suit goes for $190, the black female jumpsuit is $60, and the American Eagle jumpsuit is the top item at $250.

Elvis Adult Jumpsuit

This’s also a cheapo version of American Eagle that sells for $69 today, but as noted in a 2008 ElvisBlog article, it cost only $38 then.  Well, I guess inflation catches everything including Halloween Elvis jumpsuits.


Elvis Deluxe Costume Wig

This is the wig in the promo email.  It is called the Elvis Deluxe Costume Wig and sells for $30.  I love this the item description that says it is made of polyester, and that it has the feel of real hair.  What?


Elvis Rubber Costume Wig with Sideburns

This bottom of the line wig is one-piece rubber for $15.  Kind of like a shower cap with sideburns.  As bad as that sounds, I did an article on Elvis wigs back in 2007 that showed some real losers (admittedly, not from ShopElvis).


Bad Elvis Halloween Wig

How would you like to go to a Halloween party wearing this one?


Horrible Elvis Halloween Wig

Oh, please!!


Of course, some folks like to dress up their dogs for Halloween.  And there are websites where you can buy Elvis wigs and costumes for dogs.

K9 Chic Elvis Dog

Doesn’t Rover look cute?


100Genius Costumes

Yes sir, this is genius, all right.

100 Genius Costumes Elvis Dog

Interesting placement of the sunglasses.


Costume Craze

Looks like they covered all elements of iconic Elvis regalia on this dog. Wait, no oversize belt and buckle?

Costume Craze Dog Elvis


Lots more dogs in Elvis wigs and costumes show up on the web, but not at sites that that have them for sale.  Maybe they are homemade.  Here are some of the better ones.


Brown Elvis Wig

Seems like this wig should be blacker.


Dog in Elvis Costume in front of Mic

The owner of these dogs went to some real trouble to stage this shot.  Unfortunately, it looks more like Roy Orbison than Elvis.


Elvis Dog 5 Best

This dog looks like he’s really thrilled to be dressed up like Elvis.


Standing Dog Elvis with Guitar

Another staged shot.  He really deserves a doggie treat after putting up with this.


Hound Dog with Elvis wig

This is my favorite.  You ain’t nothin’ but an Elvis…



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Even Politicians Love BIG E and the SANTA MAN

Donald Trump and BIG E and the SANTA MAN


Hey, if you’re not a fan of Donald Trump, don’t let that turn you off about BIG E and the SANTA MAN. The important thing is that you are a fan of Elvis, and this book is the:

Perfect Christmas Gift for Elvis Fans


Why? It’s a Rock and Roll Christmas fantasy and you can see by the cover who the hero is. Don’t leave it up to family or friends to find just any old Elvis something to give you for Christmas. Tell them you want BIG E and the SANTA MAN under the Christmas tree.


Hilary and Stolen BIG E and the SANTA MAN

You would be mad, too, if you started reading this book and somebody stole it. You would want it back so you could find out who’s behind a succession of evil plots to ruin Christmas. You would want to see how Santa and Big E team up to foil these plots. You would want to learn about all of the North Pole’s magical properties, in addition to those introduced in Chapter 1.


Joe Biden and BIG E and the SANTA MAN

He’s not the only one who loves BIG E and the SANTA MAN. And the list of people who do will be really long after it appears under Christmas trees all over the country. You need to make sure you are in this group.

So, tell one of those folks that gives you an Elvis item for Christmas each year to send a check for $10 to:

Phil Arnold
159 Browning Dr.
Greer, SC 29650

I’ll get a copy mailed right away, and it takes about two weeks to deliver as Media Mail. As I said before, $10 really is a cheap introductory price and a bargain. For now, I just want to make it easy to get copies of BIG E and the SANTA MAN into the hands of Elvis fans and generate some buzz.

So, be decisive and get a copy ordered.  And be sure to let me know if you want it to be inscribed and autographed.

Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover


Thank you, thankyouverymuch,

Phil Arnold
Original ElvisBlogmeister

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Graceland West

Elvis' Graceland Looking West

Study this aerial photo for a minute. In the middle of the big wooded area is the Graceland Mansion and all the other buildings. You can see the swimming pool and the Meditation Garden on the left. Now look across the street. You can’t miss Elvis’ plane, the Lisa Marie, and the rest of the buildings of Graceland Plaza, home to the ticket office, shops and restaurants. At the far left end you can barely make out the blue Caddy in front of the Car Museum.

Current Graceland Plaza in Memphis

Here’s a couple of ground level shots of Graceland Plaza. Like me, you probably have good memories of time spent there on our pilgrimages to Memphis.

More Current Graceland Plaza

Well, soon memories will be all there is. EPE is going to tear the whole thing down. And wait ‘til you see what they want to build instead.


Memphis Commercial Appeal Article on Graceland Expansion

This article appeared on the Memphis Commercial Appeal website dated September 3, 2015. The key words in the headline are “files plans,” which means there may be a few snags before this becomes a reality. Here is what EPE is proposing.

They are seeking approval for a $30-35 million entertainment complex tentatively named Graceland West on 45 acres. According to the application to the Office of Planning & Development, the project will include “a car museum showcasing cars owned by Elvis, two restaurants, a soundstage, a retail component, and a museum highlighting and named Elvis the Entertainer.’’

Sounds pretty good, but where did this 45 acres come from?


Aerial View of Graceland Plaza and Land behind it

Let’s study another map. At the bottom center we see the current Graceland Plaza. All that land behind it used to be the Craft Manor Apartments. Some years ago, EPE purchased the whole thing, and as you can see, all the buildings have been demolished. So, EPE can build their new Graceland West complex there without any interruption of the business at Graceland Plaza. Things will get a little messy when the existing buildings are demolished to make way for a park-like setting with trees, landscaping, etc.

Graceland West Concept Plan

This drawing takes a little time to understand, but you will see a curving entrance road come off Elvis Presley Boulevard and lead to a turn-around area for the busses that move people to-and-from the mansion. You can see this entrance road has a gate, but what is harder to see is that a six-foot-high ornamental metal fence surrounds the entire property. There will be trees planted along the bottom of it fronting Craft Rd, but the view along Elvis Presley Boulevard will be unobstructed.

Now, see the grey area in the center. That is sort-of an open pedestrian plaza with sidewalks, benches, fountains, etc. Right in the center is an irregular-shaped building that obviously will house the ticket office and plenty of other stuff.

Around the perimeter of the plaza area, you can see a sprawling E-shaped building. And I believe there is one more building northeast of the central one. It flanks the entrance from the large parking lot at the top.

Other tid-bits of information in the news release included:

They hope to have it completed by October 2016, the same as the new 450-room Guest House at Graceland.

Total acreage for all the various EPE properties now is 120 acres. It started out with just Graceland at 12 acres.

Landscaping in front includes willow oak, tulip poplar and maple trees.

Memphis and the state of Tennessee will make $43 million worth of improvements to Elvis Presley Boulevard over the next three to five years. I believe this includes much more than just the section in front of Graceland.

“Graceland West” is not expected to be the final name of the entertainment complex.

Heartbreak Hotel will be knocked down. In its place, more parking will be added.

A 35-foot-high lighted sign will be part of the project. (Sounds like Las Vegas, doesn’t it?)

Memphis Commercial Appeal Article on Graceland Expansion

At this meeting, nearby residents gathered to listen to the President and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Jack Soden. He told them that Elvis’ memorabilia and displays will be moved across the street and showcased in a new 22,000 square-foot Elvis “career museum.”

“We’re going to move an awful lot of what’s presented in the trophy building and the racquetball building on the Graceland tour, which, if you think about it, we just kinda shoe-horned the entire story of Elvis-the-entertainer into what was a rec room and a racquetball court. We’re going to do all of that justice, the gold records, the jumpsuits, the guitars, the awards, all the things related to his amazing, iconic career.”

The new complex will include seven retail spaces totaling 30,047 square feet, at least two restaurants totaling 15,016 square feet, and an orientation/ticket building of 12,428 square feet.

A writer on posed an interesting question: “What will become of the newly cleared spaces in the trophy and racquetball buildings? Will EPE seek to restore those rooms to appear exactly as they were when Elvis was alive, and then will visitors have to pay more to see both the mansion and the memorabilia?” You can be sure the answer to that question is Yes.

The Land Use Control Board gave its unanimous endorsement to the project on Thursday, October 8.  Now all it takes is vote by the Memphis City Council to approve. Looks like Graceland West (or whatever the choose to call it) is going to happen.



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Introducing: BIG E and the SANTA MAN


Hey!  You’re an Elvis fan, right?


Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover


You are reading this blog post because you’re an Elvis fan.   And what happens to most Elvis fans every Christmas?  Don’t  your family or friends search around for some Elvis thing to give you?   Now you can make it easy for them. Tell them you want BIG E and the SANTA MAN.


Of course, I’m prejudiced because I wrote it, but I believe this is the:

Perfect Christmas Gift for Elvis Fans


See what it says on the cover: “A Rock and Roll Christmas Fantasy.” That nails it. Wouldn’t you enjoy a story about Elvis joining up with Santa to thwart an evil plot to ruin Christmas? Wouldn’t you like to read about him teaching three elves to play guitar and forming a kick-butt rock band at the North Pole? Wouldn’t you like to find out all the stuff he and Santa do with this flying jet-powered sled?

Big E and the Santa Man in Jet Sled


Between now and Christmas, I will do very low-tech marketing on BIG E and the SANTA MAN. No Amazon, no e-book on Kindle. I’ll have that in place for next year. This year it is very simple. Send a check for $10 to me, and I will send you a copy of the book (autographed, if you wish). Who needs PayPal or credit cards for a little $10 purchase?

This is a special introductory low price.  At some point I will have to raise it to reflect actual printing and mailing costs.  But right now, it’s a real bargain, especially for a book you will enjoy so much.


Santa Reading Big E and the Santa Man with lines


Santa loves it and you will, too. Tell somebody this is what you want for Christmas, and tell them to send a check for $10 to:

Phil Arnold
159 Browning Dr.
Greer, SC 29650.

I’ll get the book out to you immediately, and even with slow Media Mail service, you’ll have it within two week or so.  If you have any questions, email me at philarnold@charter,net.

For ElvisBlog readers in Canada, the postage to you is $5 higher and the exchange rate works against you, too.  Sorry, your cost has to be $17. Hopefully, by the 2016 Christmas season, I’ll have something for you folks in the rest of the world.

But, for you readers in the US,  let me say again, this book is the perfect Christmas present for Elvis fans. Get your family or friends to order BIG E and the SANTA MAN for you.


Thank you, thankyouverymuch,

Phil Arnold

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The Elvis / Marilyn Photoshop Awards — Part 1

Elvis and Marilyn Cheek Kiss

For the past ten years, I have been collecting images of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe together. She was born nine years before him (and died fifteen years earlier), and there is no record of them ever meeting, let alone having any romantic liaisons.

However, Photoshop jockeys and artists love to morph these two pop culture icons into fun pictures. I have my collection of them sorted into five categories, and just for kicks I rated the images in each group. So here are my rankings in ascending order.

Head Shots:

Elvis and Marilyn Back View

This one is okay, but I’m not crazy about seeing the back of Elvis head or the streaks of gray in his hair. I realize others might disagree.


Elvis and Marilyn Washed-out Sketch

This is too pale and washed out to suit me.


Andy Worhol hanging tapestries of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe

This Andy Warhol wall-hanging tapestry is probably worth a ton of money, but Elvis looks really bad.


Elvis and Marilyn Strange Colors

Even weirder colors on this one.


Elvis and Marilyn Color Head Shot

Good color here, but Marilyn looks better is so many other images.


Elvis and Marilyn Black and White Head Drawing

I like this, but I wish it was in color.


Elvis and Marilyn plus Original Photo

This is interesting, because it shows us the original Marilyn Monroe picture before Photoshopping.


Elvis and Marilyn Double Head Shot

The images are starting to get very good now.


Elvis and Marilyn Rings

First runner-up. This was a tough choice to make, because this is really good.


Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe

My choice for best head shot of Elvis and Marilyn. I like him smiling and she looks sweet. By a very small margin, that nudges out brooding and sexy. Feel free to disagree.


A Little Bit More:


Elvis and Marilyn 3

This one is okay, but what is that weird thing in the sky in the background?


Elvis and Marilyn Love Me Tender Photoshop

Serious Elvis fans will recognize that the original photo came from Love Me Tender where Elvis hugged Debra Paget.


Elvis and Marilyn Stamp

The artist that drew this Montserrat stamp did a good job on Elvis, but Marilyn looks terrible.


Elvis and Marilyn Happy Valentines Day

There are a couple of these Happy Valentine’s Day images, but I prefer Elvis and Marilyn without messages.


Elvis and Marilyn Neck Hug

Good artwork, but it would have been better in color.


Elvis and Marilyn Singing Together

I like the idea of having Marilyn and Elvis singing into a mic.


Elvis and Marilyn Happy Valentine's

Here’s the other Valentine’s Day image.


Elvis and Marilyn Red and Red

And here’s the same Marilyn picture used with a different Elvis.


Elvis and Marilyn Cowboy Hat

I wish someone had found a photo of Marilyn in a cowboy hat to use here.


Elvis and Marilyn 4

Now we’re getting to the really good ones. This looks like a beautiful young couple out on a date.


Elvis and Marilyn Shoulder Lean

Great picture. Love it.


Cosmic Elvis and Marilyn

My big winner. That cosmic background is so cool.


Like the first image in this group says:

Elvis and Marilyn – Stars Forever.


Next week we will look at these categories:  Full-Body Shots; Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean, and Humphrey Bogart, and Clever Combinations.



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