August 16th. Elvis died today.
It was a long time, ago, but it’s still hard to believe. It
caught everyone off guard. Sure, he was
getting fat and looked bloated. But
nobody thought he was dying, not even him.
Thinking about EP’s story recently I realized that he had
some things in common with another legend – Mickey Mantle.
That’s right. Think about it. They were both great talents
in their fields, shot to stardom in the 1950s, were great looking and had girls
swooning over them. Heck, even guys admired their looks, in a manly way.
The bad news is that they both burned themselves out.
Neither one took care of themselves and let their bodies waste away. And
neither one was bright enough to change their ways. I read once that Mickey
got scammed often by sharks after his money. He once invested in a mine of some
sort that didn’t exist. Elvis made a fortune, but not as much as he should
have. In a business where managers got fifteen or twenty per cent, Elvis paid
his manager, Tom Parker, fifty per cent. He was scamming Elvis all the way.
Imagine what they might have done if they only knew and
appreciated what they had. Imagine. That’s all we can do.