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Your father may not be in this room, but he’ll always be with us Alan. International Rescue is his gift to the World, everyone in this room is keeping that gift alive. He would be so proud of each and every one of you.

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A poem written by Col. Tom Parker in 1978.

The songs he sang at home each day
Pleased his parents in every way
This humble home, with love to spare
The three together went everywhere

Then came this man, his name was Sam
He recorded a song for Elvis’ Mom
That’s when everything began

It was Blue Suede Shoes and Blue Moon, too
Along with Midnight and Moody Blue
It was Elvis here and Elvis there
And teddy bears were everywhere
It was Don’t Be Cruel and Such a Night
And he sang Mama That’s Alright
He was All Shook Up and GI Blues
And Girls, Girls, Girls and Potluck, too
Kissin’ Cousins and Roustabout
And then we knew what he was all about

The boy became a man and he carried on
To make us happy with his songs
We will play your songs from day to day
For you really never went away

Colonel Parker (who was Elvis’s manager) sent this telegram to Angela Lansbury on September 5th, 1960, wishing her luck with the opening of her play A Taste of Honey. The play opened a few weeks after the telegram was sent on Broadway, however this was for a performance in Los Angeles. The Peter Shaw mentioned was Lansbury’s husband, who worked for MGM and the William Morris Agency.

                                                                   COL. TOM PARKER

                                                                           SEPT. 5, 1960

DAY LETTER     PAID

MISS ANGELA LANSBURY

% MRS. PETER SHAW

BILTMORE THEATRE

520 WEST 5TH ST.

LOS ANGELES, CAL.

DEAR ANGELA:

OUR BEST WISHES AND CONGRATULATIONS ARE WITH YOU ON YOUR OPENING TONIGHT.    WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT THE SHOW WILL RUN AS LONG AS WE HOPE TO HAVE PETER WITH US IN OUR ORGANIZATION. BEST TO BOTH OF YOU.

                                                               MRS. PARKER & THE COLONEL