July 6, 2010
When someone, somehow, made off with the giant Elvis that stood — in full pelvis-shaking glory — atop a Pulaski Highway diner, Scunny McCusker felt a pang of sympathy in his gut, where a peanut butter and banana sandwich might ordinarily be. As owner of the long-Elvis'ed Nacho Mama's in Canton Square, he knows that owning an Elvis statue in this town isn't easy. Consider what his has been through. Someone ripped off one arm, then someone else the other, leaving it an altogether armless "Elvis de Milo."
June 6, 2011
Over the past five years or so, I've attended a lot of weddings (including my own). It's so much fun to see how each bride and groom make the day unique. There were those who mixed colored sand in a keepsake jar, shared handwritten vows promising fidelity, laughter and even ChapStick, and those who set up an informal photo booth at their reception. One bride and groom departed their reception by boat; another couple borrowed lines from “The Princess Bride” and opted for instrumental Beatles songs for their procession.
August 14, 1997
When Elvis Presley died in 1977, he left behind a legacy on film. Though often uninspired and formulaic, his movies were fun, fluffy bursts of brain candy that continue to entertain generation after generation. Here is a list of his feature films:"Love Me Tender" (1956): Two brothers fight for the love of the same girl during the Civil War. Elvis' first (and probably most touching) film."Jailhouse Rock" (1957): While in jail for manslaughter, a teen-ager learns to play the guitar. After he's released, he develops into a top recording star.
July 5, 2010
Elvis has left the building. More specifically, a 7-foot-tall statue of the king appears to have been stolen from atop the Happy Day Diner in Rosedale, where he'd stood for nearly a decade. Customers alerted owners Maria and Dimitrios Pigiaditis to the missing statue Sunday morning, and they filed a report with the Baltimore County Police. Elvis was bolted to the roof, and the thieves apparently broke him off, leaving behind part of his feet. The couple reviewed surveillance tapes, which they have turned over to police, and saw a white van pull up overnight Wednesday, when they think the theft occurred.
January 15, 1992
I SEE where the U.S. Postal Service plans to issue a stamp honoring Elvis Presley, which is a very hip move, although not one free of controversy.Some people objected to the idea because they were put off by The King's lifestyle, particularly in his later years when he apparently sat around Graceland swallowing fistfuls of pills and ripping through pack after pack of Twinkies.Me, I have nothing but fond memories of Elvis, especially since one of his songs inspired me to kiss a girl for the very first time.
June 28, 1991
THE LONG national nightmare is over: Zachary Taylor died of natural causes and NOT as the result of someone slipping him an arsenic cocktail or dropping a piano on his head from 12 stories up or whatever it was that that writer was hinting at.Certainly the news out of Louisville has done much to calm the American psyche.Was it me or did it seem that everywhere you went in recent weeks, people were huddled around TV sets and radios, clamoring for the latest info on the exhumation of the 12th president of the United States?