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Simpler Communications. This is Lee Habib, and this is our American Stories. And we tell stories about everything here on this show, from the arts to sports, and from business to history, and everything in between, including your stories. And this next story comes to us from a listener in Colorado, Patty Kingsbaker.
And, well, take a listen to this one. It was back in 1962. I was 12, and my brother, who was 10 years older than me, was getting out of the Air Force, and he was in California. So he had made a deal with me, you know, if my grades were really good, that he would fly me out to California and that I could drive back with him cross country when he got out of the Air Force. So, and of course, I was just beside myself thinking, oh, my God, we're going to go to Disneyland and I'm going to get to see Hollywood and Hollywood Boulevard and the stars.
And, you know, as a 12 year old, I just I figured if you went to Hollywood, you were going to see movie stars. Anyway, so I flew out and we spent a couple of days in L.A. We went and saw all the stars on Hollywood Boulevard. In fact, it was Thanksgiving. It was around Thanksgiving time. He took me to dinner at this restaurant in Hollywood that was really famous at the time. They actually brought a phone to our table so that I could call my mom and say, Happy Thanksgiving.
I was like, I mean, for a 12 year old, they bring a phone to the table. Then I looked across the room and I saw I want I know that guy. It was Jesse White, who at the time was the Maytag guy. So, you know, that was my first celebrity sighting. But we went to Disneyland and the whole day we were there, you know, I mean, Jesse White wasn't exactly up to where I you know, I wanted to see somebody like Annette.
OK, or Frankie Avalon. And so when we were at Disneyland the whole day, my brother would go, oh, there's Annette. And I go, where? And of course, he was just yanking my chain.
They weren't there. And he kept doing that to me. And I would get all excited and, you know, no celebrities. And so we had a great time at Disneyland. And then we hit the road and we had spent the night in Needles, California. So we got up really early, went to the gas station to gas up to head out. And the gas station was kind of crowded, which I really didn't notice at the time.
But there was a trailer pulling a horse and there was a big like Winnebago type thing. So but I'm sitting in the passenger seat and my brother comes back to the car and he goes, get out of the car. Elvis Presley is standing over there. And I'm like, yeah, right.
I mean, I'm not going to fall for that again. And he goes, I swear to you, get out of the car. Elvis Presley is standing over there. So I'm like, I look out of the car and sure enough, standing there in black pants and this shirt and this scarf around is Elvis Presley. So I grab a piece of paper and I get out of the car and I go over.
I can't speak. I'm like, I'm standing in the presence of royalty. And he just kind of smiles and I'm standing there with my pen and paper. And he said, did you want me to sign that for you? And I said, yes, please. So he asked me what my name was. I said, Patty.
So he wrote to Patty, I still have it to this day. Love and kisses, Elvis. And I got back in the car and my heart was just pounding. And he got back in the Winnebago and what it was, it was there was a Cadillac limousine, the Winnebago. And then there was another car pull on the horse. And in each of those, there were two chauffeurs with, you know, these overalls with EP on there, you know. And so they kind of took off. And then the guy, there was this guy who stayed to pay their gas bill and he turned out to be Colonel Parker. So my brother started talking to him and he said, yeah, that Elvis had just finished filming this film, Viva Las Vegas, and that they were heading back to Memphis.
He was just really nice. Anyway, we got in the car and they took off and I said to my brother, I got a picture. I said, you've got to follow them. You've got to follow them.
I need a picture. And so in the meantime, I put rollers in my hair. I'm 12, you know, and we followed them for hours. And sure enough, they start pulling into another gas station. And when my brother used to tell this story, he goes, rollers were going everywhere, all over the car. And, you know, I'm brushing my hair and trying to just look perfect for Elvis. And so I got out of the car when we got to this gas station and I went up to one of the guys with the overalls in the EP. And I said, could I please get a picture of Elvis? He said, well, we don't have any. And I said, oh, no, I have a camera.
I'll take the picture. And he was just kind of snotty. He just said, you know, Mr. Presley doesn't get his picture taken like that. And I'm like, so I get back in the car. Of course, now I've got crocodile tears. I have followed Elvis for hours trying to get this picture.
And nothing would upset my brother more than his little sister having crocodile tears. And so all of a sudden, Elvis got out of the Winnebago again. So my brother got out of the car and he said, hey, Elvis. And he goes, yeah. And he goes, can I get a picture of you with my sister?
He goes, sure. And so I'm like trying to dry my tears and I'm getting out of the car and I walk over there and he put his arm around me and he said, hey, haven't I seen you somewhere before? And I went, yeah, a couple of hours ago in another gas station. So we did get the picture. Of course, back in those days, you know, it was with a little instamatic camera and my brother only took one picture instead of several. And he was so nervous that it is a little blurry.
But I do have the picture and I do have the autograph. And what a great story from Patty Kingsbaker. And boy, she recalls that like it was yesterday.
And I can bet her brother was shaken like a leaf taking that picture. By the way, we broadcast just an hour south of Memphis in a beautiful town called Oxford, Mississippi, to the east to below Elvis's birthplace is an hour away and to the north. Well, Graceland is an hour away and I don't think it's an accident that our American stories comes from a place not far from where Elvis was born and where he died. Patty Kingsbakers story, a beautiful story and how Elvis treated her.
My goodness, just beautiful. Both of their stories here on our American stories. Folks, if you love the great American stories we tell and love America like we do, we're asking you to become a part of the Our American Stories family. If you agree that America is a good and great country, please make a donation. A monthly gift of $17.76 is fast becoming a favorite option for supporters. Go to OurAmericanStories.com now and go to the donate button and help us keep the great American stories coming. That's OurAmericanStories.com. What up?
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