Elvis Presley and technology

RARE Elvis Presley clothing 1956 tag styled by Rich Mart   Elvis Presley & technology

 

 

 

Elvis Presley was wholly unique. He was always on the cutting edge of fashion, music, art, décor, and technology.

 

Here are just a few examples of the technology Elvis enjoyed:

 

Car phone(s) installed in his cars including limos. This was extremely rare even for the richest of Americans at the time.

 

First remote control TV then called a “clicker”.

 

Elvis owned the largest TV screens along with the state of the art audio systems for his cars and homes.

 

First VCR that Sony ever offered in the United States. There are stories that Elvis was offered the first unit and he soon mastered it and it became one of his favorite entertainment devices.

 

Wide screen projector located in the Jungle Room at Graceland.

 

3 TVs on wall aligned on a wall where he would watch all 3 football games at the same time. This room was located at Graceland and the genesis was the same type of setup as did the (then current) President of the United States.

 

Elvis loved music and had, among other things, record players – juke boxes – stereo systems – and had several portable transistor radios with earbuds.

 

He owned one of the first digital watches though he preferred the classic watches of quality and owned many.

 

Instant photographs. Elvis bought, and took, hundreds if not thousands of Polaroid pictures and owned numerous cameras.

 

Home movies. Elvis owned many top of the line video cameras and used them to capture everything from birthdays to his engagement to Priscilla to horseback riding to special moments with Lisa Marie.

 

Elvis owned one of the first residential closed circuit camera security system at Graceland where he could access it from his bedroom and in the kitchen area.

 

Jeff Schrembs – 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Gladys Presley Elvis’ mother died 56 years ago today

WM Z Vernon Gladys rare

 

Gladys Love (Smith) Presley was the beloved mother of Elvis Presley.

On this, the 66th anniversary of her (sadly) death, I was thinking of her – her mark on this earth – her caring – her worrying – her grace – and all that she endured (being poor and then wealthy beyond comprehension) throughout her (when she died on August 14, 1958) 46 years on this earth.

To learn more about Gladys Presley I highly recommend the incredible series of books, about Elvis and those he loved and befriended, authored by Alanna Nash. Her books can be found, among other outlets, on Amazon as well as app stores.

Jeff Schrembs

http://www.ElvisCollector.info

 

Rare Elvis Presley photos from www.ElvisCollector.info July 2014

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Elvis Presley’s "real name" by Jeff Schrembs 2011 All Rights Reserved

Elvis Presley’s “real name” by Jeffrey Schrembs (2011 All Rights Reserved)

 
Many people believe that Elvis Presley’s’ full name is “Elvis Aaron Presley” and they would be correct. Other people believe that Elvis Presley’s full name given to him at birth was “Elvis Aron Presley” and they would be correct. When looking at all of the paperwork for Elvis’ birth, and comparing it to the (sadly) paperwork surrounding Elvis’ death including Elvis’ headstone at Graceland, it is clear that at some point Elvis’ middle name changed from “Aron” to “Aaron”. How and why this occurred is summarized herein.

Perhaps the confusion exists because on the day of Elvis’ birth, January 8, 1935, Gladys and Vernon (Elvis’ parents) had only been expecting one child and the named they picked out, if it was a boy, was NOT Elvis Aaron Presley or Elvis Aron Presley but…Jesse Garon Presley (note: as was common in the South they chose the name “Jesse” out of respect to Vernon’s’ Father who was named Jesse). The reason being is that Gladys was not aware that she was having twins although having twins does run in their bloodline/family.

On January 8, 1935 Gladys gave birth to a son, Jesse Garon Presley, who (sadly) was born “stillborn” meaning that he had died. During the emotional torment of just giving birth, and knowing that her child had died, Gladys (to summarize) called out to the attending Doctor that “I think there is another one”. The Doctor checked and yes there was another one – a son – and now Vernon and Gladys had to come up with a name and they choose “Elvis” as that was Vernon’s’ middle name (i.e. Vernon Elvis Presley) and “Aron”. The official paperwork for Elvis birth/delivery confirms the name “Elvis Aron Presley”.

Whether this was the Doctors typographical error, to spell it Aron, or not remains a mystery to this day but it is safe to say that January 8, 1935 was not a day for Gladys or Vernon to be “spell checking” but to celebrate the birth of their son – be thankful that Gladys was doing all right – and to mourn the loss of their first child…Jesse Garon Presley as well as to make burial arrangements.

One fact that has escaped the majority of Elvis Presley Fans, and the applicable “Press”, is that Gladys was pregnant during the years 1942 and 1943 but (sadly) miscarried and this was her final pregnancy. Needless to say, it was heartbreaking for Gladys and Vernon to (again) suffer the loss of a child. Fate, and God, had determined that Elvis would be “an only child”.

Worth noting is that on the Marriage Certificate, of Elvis and Priscilla, dated May 1, 1967 Elvis name continued to be spelled as “Elvis Aron Presley”.

During the 1970’s Elvis assigned Vernon the task of checking with the State of Tennessee, and the Federal Government, about changing the legal spelling of “Aron” to “Aaron” which is the biblical spelling.

Vernon made the calls and to his surprise was told that “somehow it was in the records as already being Aaron”. Vernon shared this with Elvis who was also surprised and used, more and more, the spelling of “Aaron” on documents/signature pages both legal and otherwise.

The fact that Vernon personally confirmed that Elvis’ name was “legally” Elvis Aaron Presley came into consideration (sadly) when Elvis died on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42. Thus Vernon ordered the engraving, on Elvis’ tombstone/headstone, to reflect the full legal name of “Elvis Aaron Presley”. Many Elvis Presley Fans Worldwide have questioned if this was a “mistake” or some “sign” of Elvis not really being dead. Nothing more could be further from the truth as in spite of enduring spiritual/soulful/painful feelings of loss, of his beloved son Elvis that adversely affected Vernon every remaining day of his life, Vernon simply made sure the engraving appeared correctly.

Interestingly, Elvis was not the first member of his family to change the spelling of his name but it was Vernon’s Father (i.e. Jesse). Jesse was not only Vernon’s Father but also the “ex-husband” of Elvis’ beloved GrandMother who he called “Dodger” (i.e. Minnie Mae Presley).

Jesse, Elvis’ GrandFather, was legally named Jesse D.McDowell Pressley otherwise known as “JD”. During the mid 1800’s the family of “Pressley” first began to use the spelling of “Presley”. This was evident when Vernon was born as and once Elvis became famous Jesse opted to use the same spelling as “Presley”.

Elvis Aron Presley, and Elvis Aaron Presley, were “one and the same” and was – is – and forever will be as unique a man/entertainer/son/grandson/friend/father/etc. regardless of how one spells his middle name.

Take care and may God bless you.

Jeffrey Schrembs
http://www.elviscollector.info/