Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 10, 1975 · Page 83
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 83

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 10, 1975
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Darlene Yates wins grand prize in Presley contest By J. P. Rool I want to tell you a little of what I've gone through in order to be able to award these Presley Prime Items souvenirs today. A couple of weeks ago. some savage hid in the back seat of my car -- the one in which's trunk the prizes were kept -- and forced me to Idrive into the Tyler Mountain area Iwhere he beat me and robbed me. [In addition to my eyeglasses and [watch and jewelry and car tape 1 player! he also managed to escape [with the key to the trunk. Having escaped with my life and [credit cards. 1 nursed my injured jjarm. black eye and broken nose for [a week waiting for my new glasses 1 to arrive. When I could see again, I imme- Idiately removed the prized souven- \ irs to a safe and secret hiding place 1 where they have remained until !now. A description of the stolen goods has been filed with the state police and Charleston city police, but none : of the Presley items is missing. »· I AM happy now. with the compliments of the Daniel Boone Hotel where Elvis Presley stayed while in Charleston, to present the souvenirs to the following lucky persons: To the Rev. William G. Sullivan of Ravenswood. goes the Gideon Bible. Mr. Sullivan wrote. "I am a United Methodist minister and as you may realize, I have several different versions of the Bible... I have a beautiful, expensive King ..lames Version, a Revised Standard Version, the Amplified Version, the J. B. Phillips Translation of the New Testament in Modern English, and the Living Bible Paraphrased, but I would like to have the Elvis Presley Version ..." Now Mr. Sul- Freakshow livan has it all. *· To Dolores Copenhaver of Dunbar, who signed her letter" "Mammy McCoy." goes the washcloth which soothed Elvis' fevered brow Ms, Copenhaver, whose entry was on a brown paper bag. suggested that perhaps I should have held an auction instead of giving these goodies away. "Shucks," she wrote, "you all should a had ya a junk sale like, we uns; yous mite of got lucky. On a good sale we sometimes make 25 cents..." Well. Ms. Copenhaver. you.can send me a quarter if you'd like. · To Miss Sarah Browning of Verdunville who is "hungry tor the love of Elvis" goes the menu. Bon appetite. .. To Mrs. Mary C. Thompson of Belle goes one of the towels. Mrs. Thompson wrote. "I teach girls phys. ed. and after class it is difficult to get the girls to shower. I feel if I had some of Elvis's towels they would take a shower after gym class." Sorry. Mrs. Thompson, but only one towel to a customer. Your girls will just have to make do. Keep it clean. »· To Herbie Bartlett of Huntington goes another of the towels. Herbie should have been told to "keep it clean." however. His answer, unfortunately, is unprintable. He wanted the washcloth, but we're .giving him a towel that was used Question Box Q. -- Clint Eastwood is my favorite star and I was wondering if he is ever going to return to TV in a series. I think he would be a big hit if he repeated hi "Dirty Harry" . movie role for TV. Do you think he ever will? -- M.H., Arkansas City, Kans. A. -- Ever takes in a long time . . . however, for the present, Clint Eastwood is very busy acting in and directing films and has no plans to star in a TV version of "Dirty Harry" or any other series. »· . . Q. -- Elizabeth Montgomery is very lovely and I would like to know how old the lady is. 1 have a bet with my husband that she is well over the 27 he says she is. For every year over 27, he has agreed to give me 10 dollars if I am correct. How. much have I earned? -Mrs. J.W., Morristown, N.J. A. -- Your husband, if he is a man of his word, now owes you 150 dollars since Elizabeth Montgomery is 15 years older than his esti- '" mate of 27 ... she is 42, and it's a credit to her youthful appearance that your husband was willing to risk his cash in stating she was younger. - ^ Q. -- I sure would like to win a j hel about Richard Dawson. Was he a regular in "Hogan's Heroes"?-Mrs. F.T., Philadelphia, Pa. A. -- Whatever the wager was ... you have won it ... Richard Dawson was a regular in "Hogan's Heroes." for the same purpose. »· To Nora Fisher of Cedar Grove, who really wanted his underwear, goes a towel. "Man. what I wouldn't dream about then. Wow," she wrote. Keep it clean, Nora. » To Toney Karantonis Jr. of Colcord goes the milk glass he wanted "because I have always wondered ,' what a star's dried milk smelled like." Just like everybody else's, Toney. Just like everybody else's. To Mrs. Judy Jarrell of Charleston goes the lovely long rose stem. Mrs. Jarrell was not the least bit picky. She wrote, "I am interested in anything that is left that is not given to someone else. I have always said if there was any other man besides my husband that could put his shoes in under my bed it would be Elvis Presley. So if he can't put his shoes there I would settle for something else that was left in the sweat box that belonged to the one and oily, "The King.' " » To Mariam Stewart of Stollings goes the ashtray and matches. Ms. Stewart, a pretty hot number already, wrote: "Wow! ...Wow! Wow! For a 37-year-old mother of three to sleep on the sheet Elvis slept on ... What else can I say -- Weeeeoooo. (Age: A young 39 since I saw Elvis.)" I'm sorry you didn't get the grand prize, Mariam, but you got a grand prize just the same. »· To 67-year-old ball of fire Lillian Taylor of South Charleston goes a towel. Mrs. Taylor said an Elvis souvenir because, had something he came with, maybe I could again." I hope it works. * To Kay Taylor of who started out being Taylor, goes the final Taylor, who said she gers crossed, wrote: ate. I'll take whatever I hands oh. I'm crazy handsome hunk of drives my husband could only have plastic surgery done and his hair dyed, plus he would have to gain some weight . . . After seeing Elvis up on that stage, it almost made me sick to have to come home and look at the lemon I got stuck with ..." Maybe Kay won't be so sour on her husband when she learns he's the reason she got the prize. · · To Frances Samples of South Charleston goes a luncheon menu which was not listed in the original prize description. Ms. Samples was the only entrant to attempt poetry. It was free verse (She couldn't charge for it, my lady says), and it went like this: "He's so cute and tuff and sexy and wiggley and sweaty and thirsty and dreamy and irresistable, and rich and famous and ... unavailable. So ... that's why I need one of his mementos." You got it. Frances. » To Annette Perdue of Ashford goes the room service check. Miss Perdue (she said she was 11) said, "I'd like to win an Elvis souvenir so I could sell it and buy Howard Cosell a muzzle.".The check, with its remnants of an autograph, should bring a nice price. *· To Mrs. Hope Allen of Clendenin, who had s reason for wanting everything on the list, goes the MacDonald's bag in which it all was kept. Mrs. Allen really wanted my '67 Chevy Malibu in which the priz- es originally were stored so "I. could move up a year (I have a '66 VW wagon. "Since I couldn't gigg up my car. I'll leave her holding the bag. She asked that her real name not be used -- "My two children would disown me" -- but that wouldn't be right. I'm sure they'll understand she only did it for them. · AND NOW for the grand prize the king size sheet from Elvis' bed in the Presidential Suite at the Daniel Boone Hotel: The winner is Mrs. Darlene Yates of Gilbert. The judges were unanimous in awarding this prize to a woman who wrote: "My husband is in Alaska for this year -- I love him, but I could love Elvis more. I need one of those "give away" things to feel of, hold, and dream . . . I'm going crazy or will be ... this year, so if I could please win something that Elvis has had his body against (like a towel or sheet) I could make believe... One of El- things would be the next best . I need hVbad." Lucky you've got it. Sweet vis thing to Darlene, dreams. 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