denver 2 22 january 1976
Calling Elvis Presley Denver Residents Try To Get In Gift Parade VAIL. Colo. ( AP) — "We thought it was bad when President Ford was staying here." the police dipatcher in this resort town said. But the telephone calls for Elvis Elvis Preslev "were even worse." she added added Despite the phone calls police reported the singer's stay in Vail was mostly undisturbed undisturbed by fans. They said Presley ventured outside his rented condominium to go snowmobiling only during darkness hours and always with a ski mask covering his face. He had six bodyguards with him at all times. The millionaire singer also chose his social social visits with care. He declined an invitation invitation to attend a party being thrown at the condominium next door. . The hostess was Susan Ford, 18 - year - old daughter of the President. Miss Ford is spending about six weeks at Vail skiing while taking time off from her freshman year in college. Although he didn't leave his house often, Presley did spread his money around, buy ing nine luxury automobiles as gifts while he was here. As soon as news reports surfaced that Presley had developed a habit of gi"ing away Cadillacs and Lincolns, residents in the Denver area who hadn't received gifts began soliciting them. One caller. Bob Morelli of Denver, proposed proposed an even swap for the singer. Morelli would turn over the car he was driving in exchange for Presley's wheels. Toni Peters, a dispatcher for a Denver security firm, said she would give Presley her 14 - year - old Volkswagen no strings attached' attached' But she said she doubted it would comply with state safety inspection rules. Neither of the two callers succeeded in reaching Presley or in receiving gifts. The recipients of Presley's generosity included included members of the Denver Police Department, Department, a Denver television newsman' and four members of the singer's vacation group. The bonanza for Cadillac dealers came to an end Wednesday when Presley left Denver at 5 a.m. aboard his private jet.