I had a pretty busy Thanksgiving, so I didn’t get the problem with uploading pictures fixed. But I still want to keep up with the tradition of regular weekend posts. Let’s see if I can write a text-only article that isn’t too boring without photos.
Presidential Medal of Freedom:
You all saw the news that President Trump honored Elvis with a Presidential Medal of Freedom award. I looked up the history on Wikipedia. What a great honor. Here is the explanation of what it is awarded for:
“especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
So, Donald Trump chose Elvis because of his significant cultural endeavors. Good choice.
There were lots of music notables like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald in the earlier years, But George W. Bush was the first to honor a rock & roll artist with the award — Aretha Franklin in 2005.
So, the Queen of .Soul was honored thirteen years before the King of Rock & Roll.
Barack Obama honored eleven music artists, including Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder. He awarded a total of 123 Medals in all categories, the most by any president. Trump is gonna have to step up the pace if he wants to beat Obama on Presidential Medal of Freedom awards.
Book Sale Trivia:
I was reminded again that one-third of the ElvisBlog readers are in countries other than the USA. The first four orders for BIG E and the SANTA MAN came in from:
Three out of the first four. I was surprised.
Thanks to all you folks who have supported me with a book(s) purchase.
There will be another promotion as soon as I can post pictures again.
Graceland Store Doesn’t Let off the Gas:
Last week I mused on the frequency of the Graceland Store promotions and their different themes. Here are the six of them in twelve calendar days from November 5 to November 16
Nov. 5: Elvis Bling
Nov. 8: Elvis Christmas
Nov. 9: Elvis New Releases
Nov.11: Veteran’s Day
Nov. 13: Elvis Gifts for Her
Nov. 16: Elvis Apparel
Well, they’ve stayed active since then with these new promotions:
Nov. 19: Home Décor
Nov. 22: Black Friday Specials
I thought there would be another one waiting for me in my inbox this morning (11/24), but there wasn’t. Of course, there is still plenty of day left for another promotion to come in.
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