I was once, just once, this close to Elvis Presley, who was born 80 years ago today.
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As a cub reporter for the trade magazine Record World, I got to cover one of the most thrilling music-related events of that spring -- Elvis's press conference at Madison Square Garden on June 9th, just before his first-ever New York performances.
I once was this close to Elvis Presley. I got goose bumps just being near the man whose glorious music introduced me -- and countless millions -- to an ecstatic world beyond our everyday experience.
Elvis Presley is alive. His tombstone at Graceland reads, "January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977" -- but that's a lie. Today is Elvis' 75th birthday, and he is everywhere.
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