When Elvis Presley died there were a lot of different ways in which the news was covered concerning the reactions of the people who really loved him and revered him and almost made him a god. One of those people was a man of whom the press wrote quite a lot of words and every once in a while still do. His name was Dennis Wyse. And Dennis Wyse really, really loved Elvis Presley so much so that not long after Presley died he went and had his face lifted, as they say, by a plastic surgeon and his hair contoured so that he took on a remarkably similar appearance to Elvis Presley. In fact, for a few months made a dollar or two making appearances where people loved to see some kind of phenomenon like that. When interviewed as to what would drive a man to reshape his face to look like Elvis Presley, he revealed that Presley had been his model, his idol for many years. Let me just read to you a paragraph or two as I took it out of The Boston Globe some time ago. He said,
Yes sir, Presley's been an idol of mine ever since I was five years old. I have every record he ever made twice over, pictures in the thousands. I have books, magazines, pillows, even a couple of books in Japanese and Chinese about him. I have three leaves from the front of his house. It was embarrassing to me. When I was in school the kids were always teasing me. When Elvis was wearing white boots, I went out and bought white boots. The kids called them fruit boots. Teachers would always send me to the office because my top two buttons were unbuttoned. I'd button them up, and when no one was looking I'd unbutton them again.
No sir, I never saw Elvis Presley. I saw him on the stage four times. Once I tried to run up to the stage, and once I stood up on the wall of ...
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