"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






Elvis fans meet his first love

by Don Culpepper

An audience with June Juanico is one of the last stops for these British fans' Southern tour of all things Elvis.

"You kinda have to pinch yourself when you meet people associated with Elvis," says London resident Chris Lehane.

"Even walking around Graceland you think, I can't believe these people really knew Elvis, when you think what a huge person he was and entertainer he was."

"He's number one in the UK at the moment with Jailhouse Rock," says Northern Ireland native David Hawthorne. But June knew him before Graceland and super stardom. She knew Elvis as a 20-year-old rock and roll singer who liked to vacation on the coast.

"They decided they wanted to come to Biloxi because they had heard about a girlfriend that Elvis had in Biloxi and him staying here at Gulf Hills Resort," says June.

"This was his playground during the summer of 1955." It was that summer that Elvis met 17-year-old June at a concert at Keesler Air Force Base and asked her to show him around her hometown.

"That morning lasted until 6am," says June. "We exchanged a lot of words and conversation and kisses. That's the first time I ever kissed on a first date." That first date blossomed into a nearly two year long courtship between the future king and his coastal queen. It's a love story June chronicled in a book and enjoys sharing with his fans.

"The two questions that are asked the most from different fans was 'Is Elvis a good kisser?'," says June. "And my answer is 'yes.'

And then they said, 'Was he good in bed?' and I said, 'He was a perfect gentleman. And that's all I have to say about that.'"

(News, Source: wlox.com)





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