Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on February 21, 1960 · Page 7
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 7

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, February 21, 1960
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Pressures Tremendous on Soldier Presley February 31. ItKiU LINCOLN SUNDAY JOtltN'AL AMI STAH TA Continued from Page IA M«rnling bewilderment w i t h which he refers to his earlier entertainment successes. 'Another Guy' '..^ "Sometimes it seems like $, giust be another guy," he ..^ays in a voice that is losing some of its deep southern coloring. "It couldn't be me." All this sounds like a press ' ; 'ljgent's drqam, but it isn't. " '*'H's really tough to try to be a soldier and to keep up with all this publicity," he 'confided to the reporter when ne arrived at the Bremer- 'fiirven military post late in , 195?. ;^ Presley probably didn't "They all have been sent by the kids." Presley has the greatest regard for "the kids"--his innumerable fans in every part of the world. In a sense, he feels himself to be their creation and he will not let them down. In the living room there arc a set of bongo drums-the gift of an American girl --two b o x e s of chocolates with valentines in German, and, most impressive of all, a cardboard carton filled with letters. It represented less than one week's accumulation at the Army post office, Not Easy Going into the Army, Presley agrees, was not easy. "It was a big challenge to prove to me and to others that I could adjust, and there were many who thought I would goof up." Goof up he did not, but getting out, as he will do next month also wiM not be easy. Rock 'n roll, on which Presley gyrated to stardom, may have gone by the board. Presley isn't sure. Payola scandals he doesn't believe will affect him unless they knock the bottom out of the entire record business. "I never paid anyone to play my songs," he says. Hopes to Be Actor But Presley's hopes are know then how tough it was built on something bigger. Sergeant Presley going to be. One single slip, pne indiscreet evening, and the roof would have fallen on Elvis. He seems instead not to have made a single mistake. ',., , ; , Pressures Tremendous -:. Pressures on the popular .star have been tremendous. .On the one side, the Army ' ordered that Army newspapers and radio should for.. get Presley as much as possible. Whenever the Army could manage it, interviews ..were to be held to a minimum and were not to be ....conducted on the taxpayers' time. ,'.'. On the other side, there have been some 600 Bequests rfor interviews from newspaper and magazine correspondents of every conceivable variety, an average of more than one each day. since Presley has been in Germany. , Few Granted Presley has granted very few and these only after communication w i t h his Manager, Col. Tom Parker ;6f Madison, Tenn. The Army was compelled to admit that Presley could dispose of his Tree time just as any other soldier. '. In his day-to-day life here " P r e s l e y has been the .'prisoner of his own reputation and following. When we told a taxi driver to go to '''""Goethe Strasse." he didn't wait for the address. "It's No. 14," he said. - ."Everyone goes there, that's ; Elv-is." Almost every morning and evening since his arrival in -Germany Presley has had to fight his way through admirers. Among other inconveniences it means he has /had to get up at 5:30 a.m. to reach his post on time. ; ,;. Evenings at Home Evenings and week ends Elvis has been at home, except for two leaves, both of which he spent in Paris. For most of his hitch in .Germany Presley has been leading two lives. One has -belonged to the Army, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The second ,-is Presley the singer and teenage king. ''I've tried to keep up with scrapbooks and to keep in touch with the industry (records)," he says. He practices with his "geetar"' and sings a little each day. Presley's Army self is part of a huge and public organization. In his private capacity he is surrounded by an additional retinue. \"o Problem Army regulations permit any soldier who is financially able to manage it. to live off the post with his dependents. In Presley's case financial responsibility was no problem. The house in Goethestrasse is no luxury villa. It is a boxlike structure, cream stucco on the outside, with doll-red shutters which are almost always closed. The_ grounds are small. The house might well have belonged to any middle-class businessman in the city. Inside, its furnishings arc even more soldily bourgeois --plush with broken springs, xnA nladi,. ^n\-ort fnr lar-v « C3tl *W»« oxto»ry Kadrx-y or TM. w . aM plastic COX ers lOr laCJ irrnaijoe*. ntm trm»r-or» onto ocr-a- taWecloth. The sideboard is covered . witt records. ; Sort by Kids - "I dttn't nave any whenIjS5Sj» arrived," Presley explains. i.onoSV NEWSPAPER! He would like to become a dramatic actor, preferably in the movies and for his model he has taken Frank Sinatra, whom he admires but doesn't know very well. One of Presley's first engagements will be a TV appearance with Sinatra about May 1. Once out of the Army Pres- j ley will spend a month's noli- j day in Memphis. Tenn., ''meeting old friends." Then he is scheduled to begin work on his 5th movie, called "GI Blues." Some of the stories about his friendships with German girls seem to have grown j from this assignment. Pres- j ley was asked to "advise" on! the choice of possible candidates for roles in this film which will portray the life of j a soldier in Germany. j Fifty Considered i "About 50 girls were con- j sidered," he said, "and I think t\vo were chosen as pos sibilities. But I don't remember their names. "I haven't read the whole script but it's nothing like my military career." Presley also will be making some new records. A music concern in which he has an interest, in New York. has been hoarding material against his return. In addition, he has about 200 songs here that have been sent him by amateurs, some of these, he says, are excellent. "I get some of my best things from amateurs," he says. Few Financial Problems Financially. Presley's return to civilian life should present few problems. The n u m b e r of corporations I which are Elvis Presley in! a business way remains untouched and thriving. Almost the only other immediate problem will be to cut down his wardrobe. Presley is 6 feet tall and weighed 186 pounds when he was inducted. Army life has flattened this to 170 and on him it looks extremely good. Getting out of the Army is a much more complicated process than getting in. For the next week or so Presley will be having his teeth checked, turning in equipment, and doing countless similar chores. Painless Break Sought For its part the Army is trying to break off this relationship as painlessly as possible. By popular demand there will be press conferences this week and t h e n Kh is will be whisked away. It is not yet certain ·whether he wj]3 iravrl by air or by ship and if the Army can prevent it. no one will know in advance. Did all this hurt Presley^ · career? · j The tall young man who : smiles easily and laughs as : · readily at himself as a t j j others, turned suddenly scr- i \ ious. j I "1 don't know," he said. N Does BLADDER IRRITATION MAKE YOU NERVOUS? fran !·» frmrai Imminc or "1 hope not. But if it did, 1 would still rather have it this way than to have something staring me in the face for the rest of my life, and to have people suggest that 1 pulled strings to keep out of the Army." It may not be too tough if you are Elvis Presley to afford these sentiments. But talking with · him they still have a genuine ring. In this age of collapsible movie stars and their husbands Elvis is a standout who took it. When he leaves Europe it will be with the best wishes of almost everyone who has known him here. 1 Now Delhi (UP1) -- India ambassadorial level "to fur- and Finland have agreed to tlier strengthen friendly rela- raise the status of their dip- lions" between the two connlomatk: representation to full tries, it was announced here. CHOICE BEEF By the HALF or QUARTER ·ll.v Cut Wrapped for Lockers or Hume Freezer FREE DELIVERY TO HOME FREEZER Lockers Available at 3 Convenient Locations 827 So. 27th 6042 Havelock Ave. 916 1' Thericii Food Lockers Phone HE 5-3579 Elvis and Lincoln fans in May 1956 . . . a great regard for 'the kids.' 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