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After 37 Years, National Enquirer Headlines Presley Plastic Surgery Again

Priscilla on Cover July 21, 2014 National Enquirer

This is the July 21 issue of the National Enquirer. When I saw it on the stand at the grocery store check-out line, I thought “big deal, this story has been around for years on TV entertainment shows and websites.” Certain Elvis websites, too. But, then I remembered something in my collection of supermarket tabloids with Elvis on the cover. I searched through the storage box and found this.

Elvis on Cover April 26, 1977 National Enquirer

This is the April 26, 1977 issue of the National Enquirer. Elvis didn’t get the big headline, but they found a nasty-looking photo of him, and used the caption: Elvis’ Bizarre Behavior and Secret Face Lift.

It certainly appears that the Enquirer is having trouble coming up with new ideas. They are now repeating a theme they used 37 years ago, just changing the subject from Elvis to Priscilla. They couldn’t even come up with a clever line of crap for their headline. After classics like “Elvis Fathered My Alien Baby,” shouldn’t we get something equally bizarre like “Botox Poisoning Enables Priscilla to Communicate with Horses.”

 Priscilla in July 21, 2014 National Enquirer

Above is what they reported in their story. Do Botox injections actually count as plastic surgery? I thought that involved cutting with a scalpel. Anyway, I read the whole article and it is pretty disgusting, so there will be only one excerpt here. It sure sounds like the usual Enquirer drivel, but I think this has been reported elsewhere. Supposedly, the villain in this story is an unlicensed bogus plastic surgeon from Argentina who told Priscilla he was injecting her with his miracle anti-wrinkle serum.

“The serum turned out to be industrial, low-grade silicon, similar to what’s used to lubricate auto parts!”

The Enquirer states that this guy has been nicknamed Dr. Jiffy Lube. How could a smart woman like Priscilla ever get involved with such a sorry con artist?

Priscilla in July 21, 2014 National Enquirer - 2

This is the rest of the story. Elvis was finally mentioned three-quarters of the way through. While the Enquirer sated there have been no suggestions that Priscilla is addicted to face treatments, they just had to mention Elvis’ problem with prescription drugs.

Along the bottom of the two-page spread, you can see a timeline of Pricilla’s appearance over the years. They certainly didn’t pick the worst pictures of her during the Botox years. You can Google Priscilla Presley Botox, and some really scary photos pop up. I can’t figure out why she would go out in public looking like that, knowing it would attract the paparazzi.

Priscilla looks pretty in some of the Enquirer younger photos, but none that showed her as the absolute knock-out she was in her twenties, thirties and forties.

Priscilla Presley in Black Shirt

Beautiful Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley - Ivory Skin

Smiling Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley in Gold Lame

 

So, how did the National Enquirer treat Elvis in his cover story article 37 years ago?

Elvis in April 26, 1977 National Enquirer

They clobbered him big time on the last three bulleted items above, but no mention of them is warranted here. The so-called face lift was simply small eye-tucks. Here is how the Enquirer reported the story.

In a desperate attempt to improve his appearance, the sagging superstar had a face lift at Mid-South Hospital in Memphis on June 18, 1975. Newsmen were told he was in the hospital for treatment of an eye condition…

Presley’s decision to have a face lift surprised even many of his closest friends. One of them… recalled, “Elvis had been secluded for three days, and then told one of his bodyguards to come into the room. He asked, ‘How do I look?’

The bodyguard told him, ‘You look good, your eyes look clear and everything.’ He just wanted to make Elvis feel good, because if he was in a bad mood, he would take his gun and start shooting things.”

So, the bodyguard thought he was being questioned about some other eye condition and never noticed the results of the eye-tucks.

 Elvis After Eye Lift Surgery

Here is a photo of Elvis supposedly taken shortly after the eye surgery. The comments on the forum where I borrowed it seemed to concur that the difference after the tucks was negligible. What do you think?

 

Lisa Marie Presley

Here’s a prediction. Elvis and Priscilla won’t be the last members of the family to get the National Enquirer treatment on a face lift cover story. I just hope it’s an eye-tuck and not Botox.

 

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If Elvis’ Planes Leave Graceland, What Replaces Them?

Entrance to Graceland Planes

I assume every Elvis fan has heard by now about EPE telling OKC, the company that actually owns the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog 2, to make arrangements to remove them from the property by April 26, 2015. This has sparked such a furor on the internet, and I’ve followed it all with interest. Everybody has a theory. The most common being that it’s just two big companies fighting over money. Let’s look at some facts you probably haven’t seen on the other Elvis websites.

 

Graceland Platinum Ticket Package

This is least expensive of three Graceland Ticket Packages. Note that the tour of Elvis’ two airplanes will be dropped from this package as of August 9, just before Elvis Week kicks in this year. Seems like curious timing doesn’t it? After that, if you want to see the planes on your visit to Graceland, the Tour # 2 option includes them for an additional $5.

When the planes were available on all three packages, there was no definitive way to judge how much revenue could be credited to the planes. Under this new pricing arrangement, EPE has established the value of the planes as $5 per ticket sold. Pretty good deal, huh. Yes, if you are a ticket buyer. But not for OKC that owns the planes and gets a percentage of the ticket revenue under the licensing agreement for Graceland to exhibit them.

 Lisa Marie Plane Entrance

 

In an ElvisBlog article last year, we looked at the Graceland tour prices back in 1993 when each attraction could be ticketed separately. Inflation plus the additional upward creep of all Graceland ticket prices would increase these numbers to 2014 levels.

So, we have an approximate price to compare to the new $5.00, and see the plane owners will face a revenue loss of approximately 60%. This adds support to one of the theories expressed on website comments – EPE dropped the bomb on OKC about their take being cut, OKC called their bluff by threatening to remove their planes, and EPE countered their bluff by saying: OK, get the planes out of here. Might have been a smart move. Realistically, where could OKC set up the planes and attract as many customers as they get at Graceland?

 Long View Lisa Marie

EPE’s letter to OKC also stated that all costs of removing the planes would be at the planes’ owners’ expense. Look at the size of the Lisa Marie. This is a big four-engine jet. To move it to a new location, portions of the wings would have to be removed so it could travel down the highway (as it did to get it to Graceland in 1984).

Lisa Marie Going Down the Highway.

To move it to another city, a new engine would have to be purchased so it would fly. Three engines are in storage, the other was donated to a trade school years ago. So, OKC would face some huge moving expenses in addition to questionable ticket revenue at any location other than Graceland.

So, basically, it looks like EPE’s bluff is going to work. However, some commenters go farther and argue that EPE is trying to force OKC to sell the planes to them. Gee, do you think EPE would actually use strong-armed tactics to get control of something it wanted?

 

Graceland Guesthouse

This picture is for the start of my theory that much more is going on here. It is the recently announced $70 million Guesthouse at Graceland, a 450-room luxury hotel to be built just north of Graceland on the same side of the street. It will have meeting rooms and other amenities for conventions.

 Graceland Guesthouse Public Hearing

There was a public hearing where the Guesthouse was introduced to the Memphis movers and shakers. On the screen is an aerial view drawing of the twenty-five acre project. Here is a look of the area as it now exists.

Yellow lines around Hotel, Red Lines Around ...

The guesthouse project will be inside the yellow lines. It replaces an old apartment complex and a used car dealership. Happily, very little of the tree cover will be removed.

Now look across the street at the area inside the red lines. In the top right we can see the Lisa Marie. To the left of that is the L-shaped Graceland Crossing building.

Graceland Crossing

This is an old, not very appealing strip center with three stores (Harley Davidson, Everything Elvis, and Souvenirs of Elvis) and two exhibits (Private Presley and ’68 Special). Suppose EPE wanted it gone. It would be easy to move the gift shops to spaces in the new Guesthouse hotel. The two exhibits could easily be rotated into the new Graceland Archives Exhibit (see the item above the box in the Platinum Ticket Package above).

Heartbreak Hotel Sign

The U-shaped building below Graceland Crossing in the photo is Heartbreak Hotel. It is also quite old and contains only 128 rooms. Several websites report they have information that EPE plans to tear down Heartbreak Hotel.

Heartbreak Hotel Lobby

Heartbreak Hotel Lobby

So… what if the planes, Graceland Crossing, and Heartbreak Hotel were all gone. It’s not such a crazy idea. Wouldn’t EPE want something equally special just across the street from their fancy new hotel?

As far back as 2006, then EPE owner Robert Sillerman proposed an entertainment complex, restaurants, shops, an outdoor amphitheater and a spa. Maybe plans for this idea are still on the boards.

 Map of Graceland

Here’s another look at all the space that could be available for such an entertainment complex. But, isn’t there some way to do it without Elvis’ airplanes going away? Well, look behind Heartbreak Hotel on the map. See the arrow pointing to the Graceland RV Park and Campground?

Graceland RV Park and Campground

The RV Park and Campground sit on nineteen acres. Suppose they took five acres away and put the plane exhibit there? When you think about it, how much revenue can they be getting from space rentals for tent camping? Not anything close to what the planes would generate. And moving them to a new location on site would be a piece of cake. Just pull them with a tractor.

Map of Graceland RV Park and Cabins

Map of Graceland RV Park and Cabins

Of course, the fans would have to walk a bit farther to see the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog 2. I wouldn’t mind. How about you?

So, that’s my theory. EPE gets ownership of the planes, Graceland Crossing and Heartbreak Hotel get torn down, and the planes are moved to a portion of the RV Park and Campground. Then a huge entertainment/dining complex is built across from the luxury hotel.

If you have a different theory, put it in Comments.

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We’ll see what happens.

 

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Happy 4th of July, Elvis

Elvis Red and Gold 4th of July

Back in 2009, I posted the first ElvisBlog pictorial salute to Elvis on the 4th of July. It was supposed to be an annual thing, but I notice I skipped last year for some reason.

Notice how Elvis has on his American Eagle jumpsuit in the above picture, and there is an image of a real eagle, too. Over the years, four other of our Elvis 4th of July pictures have also contained eagles. Of course, the American Eagle jumpsuit shows up in many of these patriotic pictures, including three this year.

 

Elvis in4th of July Hat

This one is more fun. It looks like Elvis has been invited to an Alice in Wonderland tea party.

 

Lisa in Red White and Blue

I love this photo. Look at little Lisa all dressed up in red, white and blue.

 

Soldier Elvis 4th of July

These designs with Elvis in uniform could work with several holidays, but it says “Happy 4th of July,” so it belongs here.

 

Elvis 4th of July Kaleidoscope

Another good use of the American Eagle jumpsuit in this busy, but colorful, kaleidoscope design. This must have taken a lot of time to put together.

 

Elvis Happy Fourth of July

I kind of like the simplicity of this one.

 

Elvis 4th of July Penant Flag

I think this is one of those hanging pennants you can buy. It should last forever if you bring it out just once s year for a few days.

 

Red White and Blue Graceland

How about Graceland decked out in red, white, and blue? I hope it’s not going to be like the Christmas decorations that stay up until January 8. Too long.

 

Elvis God Bless America

The last American Eagle jumpsuit in the 4th of July tribute to Elvis. (The last picture of Elvis, too)

 

Rockin 4th of July

From ElvisBlog to all the Elvis fans out there

 

Previous Happy 4th of July, Elvis pictorials:

2012     2011     2010     2009

 

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