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Carol Perkins: My Elvis Moment

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By Carol Perkins

When Jon and his boys were here in June, I bribed them into going to see the Elvis movie with a promise to eat at White Castle. I didn't expect the movie to be wonderful, because who can play Elvis but Elvis? I was pleasantly surprised. The actor said in interviews about the months of research he did to get into Elvis mode, and his effort was obvious.

Those who lived through the Elvis era will have difficulty accepting someone else in the role. It's the same with the Beatles. Duplication is impossible. However, the movie is a hit, and I have no doubt that because of the family's endorsement, it will make millions. What this movie HAS done is bring back Elvis's music for a new generation. My grandchildren heard songs new to them.

The only time I saw Elvis in concert was two months before he died.

He performed at Freedom Hall in Louisville and my friends and I thought we were so lucky to have floor seats. We were far from lucky. Back then, concertgoers usually "dressed up" for performers like this one, so we had on our heels and our best outfits. As if he would notice! I say this because of what followed. When he took the stage, we could barely see him. An imposter could have been in his white sequin outfit with a recording in the background playing his tunes and we wouldn't have known the difference. I wanted a close look, but the security was so tight no one could edge to the stage. Therefore, those in the back of the arena started standing in their chairs. Seeing him though kneecaps was impossible, so we kicked off our shoes and helped each other up. This was in 1977, so we were much younger.

I saw a very large man with a bloated face (I borrowed a stranger's binoculars) and couldn't believe it was Elvis. His speech was slurred that we never understood what he said except when he was singing.

At the end of the concert, none of us were happy. We complained about paying so much and not being able to see him. The acoustics were terrible, and people were rude. Disappointment followed us down 1-65 and home.

When he died in August, I was sorry I had been so negative. Not everyone had an Elvis moment. I'm glad I did.

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