The Memphis Mafia Members August 16, 2011 by Jeffrey Schrembs

August 16, 2011 will (sadly) be the 34th year since Elvis’ passing. Inasmuch as Elvis Presley Fans Worldwide will travel to Memphis and/or acknowledge this date on a personal level (including online) I wanted to take this moment to reach out to those who Elvis loved, trusted, respected, and (most of all) chose to spend his time with….each member of the “Memphis Mafia” (and to their family members as well).
To: Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Red West, Sonny West, etc. (aka: each and every member of the Memphis Mafia), and to each of their family members, I just wanted to say;
1. THANK YOU for all of your efforts while Elvis was alive and each day afterward.
2. THANK YOU for all of your time that you have spent correcting the record about Elvis and for “calling it as you see/know it”.
3. THANK YOU for caring so much about Elvis and standing with him during his lifetime.
4. THANK YOU for your endeavors (both personal and professional).
5. THANK YOU for keeping so many memories and posessions with you (i.e. not made public)…where they belong.
August 16th of every year, like most days I am sure, must be “difficult” to say the least. It remains my hope that with each passing year fans will reach out and join me in saying their hearfelt THANKS. You are living breathing priceless irreplacable men who share a bond that will never be broken.
As an Elvis Presley Fan, these (approximately) six decades, I respect and appreciate each of you…and always will.
Take care and may God bless you and your family members now…and always.
Jeff Schrembs
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August 16, 2011 Elvis Presley died 34 years ago (Jeff Schrembs 2011 All Rights Reserved)

In a few weeks it will be August 16, 2011 and (34) thirty four years since Elvis’ passing. Many Elvis fans will gravitate to Memphis, go to Graceland, but the majority of Elvis Fans will be busy leading their own lives while recalling either where there were when Elvis died OR simply (for those too young to have been alive then) knowing the date (i.e. August 16th) of when Elvis died at 42.

I can still recall the time of day, how hot it was, and where I was EXACTLY when I learned of Elvis’ death. In 1977 we didn’t have cell phones, Internet, or 1000 different ways to pass along information. Nonetheless Elvis death was “breaking news” and it passed from person to person…along with disbelief.
For everyone of Elvis family members, members of the Memphis Mafia and their loved ones, friends, co-workers, EPE, http://www.Elvis.com, etc. who also (personally and professionally) mourn Elvis not only on August 16th of each year…but everyday since. To these individuals I wanted to say; THANK YOU for your part of Elvis life and THANK YOU for all you have done, and sacrificed, by sharing your life – your stories – your memories – your time – and equally as important for not sharing those memories which are far too personal and/or those in which Elvis wanted kept…personal.
Though Elvis Presley Fans are fiercely loyal there remains alot of “discourse” about the roles, place, of (as an example) Priscilla Presley, Red West, Sonny West and others. My opinions on each of these indivuals has been fully documented and I have always asked Elvis Fans Worldwide to put each of these persons acts, intentions, and responsiblities into context and to be thankful for all they have done (individually and collectively) during Elvis’ life and since Elvis’ passing.
I would encourage every Elvis Presley Fan, whether on August 16th or any other day, to say THANK YOU to Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie and her family, Jack Soden, every living member of Elvis’ band and orchestra members and backup singers, Red West, Sonny West, and to each of their family members who have ridden the emotional “roller coaster” all these years.
I say this now because we have lost, and each year we lose more, several individuals who spent the majority of their life befriending/working with Elvis and/or who Elvis loved and/or befriended. A recent example is Lamar Fike who not only was Elvis trusted friend, and a member of the Memphis Mafia, but also controlled Elvis’ “light show” for his Concerts and who could always be counted on for giving BRUTALLY HONEST answers/input about Elvis.
If we could “turn back time” how many of us would reach out to Lamar Fike, if we knew ahead of time that he was soon to leave this world, to say THANK YOU for all he has given to Elvis Fans Worldwide? Well, nothing is guaranteed in life and I have always believed that if these men/women were “good enough” for Elvis to have loved – trusted – spent his time with – employed – married – etc. then they are deserving of our respect and our appreciation and our acknowledgment. We can “debate” certain events but (again) context is crucial and should be taken into consideration.
In closing, Elvis left us (thankfully) so many songs – movies – TV appearances – photographs – etc. as well as living his life by example of reaching out to help others in need. In spite of all of Elvis’ accomplishments, all of which are justified, it was the grace in which he gave – in which he cared – and in which he was thankful to God that I will remember…and we all should aspire to (i.e. help our fellow man in any way we can).
Take care and may God bless you all.