How does one define being an “expert” in any field including one as diverse as the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Elvis Presley? Well, first as in any endeavor one should go directly to the sources (i.e. people, videos, documents, audio files, etc.). Equally as important is to cross reference with several sources. And having a passion for a subject matter, as in this case, never hurts.
I have been collecting “anything/everything” related to Elvis Presley for (6) six decades now. A few years ago, as my health continued to decline, I decided to share some of my collection and insight about Elvis online. Needless to say, the vast majority of the response was overwhelming so as time allowed I increased the number of articles and then went from being a contributor to websites to dedicating a website to Elvis Collector/Fans Worldwide entitled http://www.ElvisCollector.info.
http://www.ElvisCollector.info is one of the RARE websites that has no “pop-up” ads nor tries to sell you anything. It is ORGANIC ELVIS 24/7 and new content is added consistently being original articles, photographs, video, audio files, etc. We also make sure that other Elvis Presley Websites that meet/exceed our strict criteria are listed on the “Elvis Links” page.
Over these past decades I have met had the honor to meet, interact, and build relationships with countless individuals who (including but not limited to); worked with Elvis, were related to Elvis, knew Elvis, grew up with Elvis, collected Elvis, wrote books about Elvis, and/or respected/appreciated/admired Elvis.
Over the years, and through firsthand experiences, I learned so much about what Elvis did onstage and off. I learned about the reality that Elvis made mistakes like all of us do. That Elvis had weaknesses. That Elvis could become angry. That Elvis had very real medical issues. These separate aspects of Elvis, which should be in context, do not diminish all that Elvis accomplished as a man – as a Father – as a son – as a performer – as a person who gave of his time/heart/money – and as someone who believed in God and wrestled with the question of “why me” concerning his talents and blessings and fame.
To be an honest “expert” one should admit their biases and I willingly admit my bias in support of Elvis, The Memphis Mafia, Elvis’ Family, EPE, Lisa Marie, Priscilla, etc. But, I also state the facts and my reasons for being “pro” this or that.
Having amassed one of the largest (private) Elvis Presley collections in the World was done in between working full time for the vast majority of my life, being a Father to my children, and making mistakes (personally, professionally, and as a Father/Husband/Son/Brother/etc.) each of which I regret whole heartedly.
Having been diagnosed with CANCER last year (i.e. thyroid/throat), and still undergoing medical treatment/care, being able to have an “outlet” (when time allows and when I am able) to share my expertise and opinion about Elvis has been…helpful.
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