January 16, 1971

Memphis, Tn.

Jaycees Urged To Get In Arena

A hectic day of Jaycee activities yesterday was high-lighted by a luncheon speech from United Nations Am-bassador-appointee George Bush and last night by the organization´s awards ceremony honoring the Ten Out-standing Young Men in America.

The slender, Texas oil millionaire, whom many believe was President Nixon´s United Nations choice because he ran gamely but unsuccessfully for the Senate seat held by Ralph Yarborough, spoke to an estimated 1,100 at the Holiday Inn-Rivermont.

He praised his audience as "men who have thought new thoughts and rejected old dogmas. But to guarantee this country never accepts the violent answer," our people must be willing to work "within the system," he said.

He complimented the Jaycees on their "Top Ten" selection and told Memphis politicians to "watch out" if entertainer Elvis Presley ever decided to enter politics. "They would have to regroup their forces," he said.

Last night at the awards ceremony the entertainer had a few words for the 2,000 persons at the Auditorium.

"I´ve always been a dreamer.When I was young I used to read comic books and go to movie, and I was the hero.

"My dreams have come true a 100 times over. These men here," he said, pointing to the nine other award winners, "they care. You stop to think, and they´re building the kingdom of heaven."

Dressed in a modest black tuxedo, Elvis closed by saying that without a song the day never ends. "So I just keep singing a song," he said as tears rushed to his eyes.

The singer had one hand too few as he accepted the award from United States Jaycee President Gordon Thomas. Shaking Mr. Thomas´ hand and taking the Outstanding Man trophy in the other, Elvis had no place to hold his yellow "Easy Rider" sunglasses.

Each of the Outstanding Men made a short speech prior to receiving their awards.

Thomas Atkins, Boston´s first black councilman, called on Jaycees throughout the country to donate one dollar per year for four years to advance the ideals of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.

"I appeal to you to lift this country from the quicksand of racism to the solid rock of human dignity," Mr. Atkins said.

Wendell Cherry, president of Extendicare Nursing Corp., in his address said the American system will continue to work as long as people such as the Jaycees continue to involve themselves in community life.

"We must temper our urge to overcome with compassion and patience," he said. Then quoting Tennyson, he closed with, "Come my friend, ´tis not too late to seek a newer world."

Comic strip artist Al Capp was scheduled to be master of ceremonies at the awards ceremony but did not appear.

"He wasn´t able to come due to a last minute breakdown in communications," said Ken Scrivner, public relations director of the Jaycees.

He declined to elaborate on Mr. Capp´s absence.

Ron Ziegler, White House press secretary, paid tribute to the Jaycees for accepting "the high adventure of being Americans."

"This nation has a history of striving, stretching, doing and caring. We have refused to believe that things are impossible," he said.

Others honored were Dr. Mario Capecchi, a biophysicist at Harvard Medical School; Dr. George Todaro, researcher for the National Cancer Institute; Capt. Paul William Bucha, professor at West Point; Walter J.

Humann, corporation executive; Jim Goetz, radio station owner, and Thomas Edward Coll, founder of a private volunteer service.

Mr Bush earlier praised Presley´s comments at a morning forum, closed to the press, in which Jaycees attending the  33rd congress were permitted to question the honorees.

In that forum, Elvis "held his own" with his more "learned colleagues," said George Cajoleas, president of the Bradenton, Fla., Jaycees.

"He was forthright in his answers and didn´t stumble. The guy came off looking very good, although he seemed very humble. I felt he was very impressed with the men around him in terms of their contributions to social advance-ment."

The honorees were asked if they made a religious commitment before undertaking their life´s work.

"Six or seven of the men said they didn´t belong to a church and felt a certain hypocrisy about  religion. But Elvis seemed to feel religion was very important in his life, not in the organized sense, but in the sense that he had called on God many times for strength. I think he also quoted some scripture," said Mr. Cajoleas.

Presley said after the luncheon that he didn´t quote scripture but had "commented that God is a living presence in all of us."

Copyright: Memphis Commercial Appeal, January 17, 1971

Elvis Arrives At Jaycee Breakfast

Elvis Presley - clad in his crushed velvet coat - and his wife, Priscilla, were seated at the Jaycee´s Prayer Breakfast today almost before 1,100 persons in the audience knew he was there. Elvis is wearing "Easy Rider" sun glasses and metal grommets decorate his coat. Former Shelby County Sheriff Bill Morris, right, was a member of Elvis´ party.

Copyright: Memphis Press Scimitar, January 16, 1971

Photos above: The 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. prayer breakfast at the Holiday Inn-Rivermont.

Photos below: The 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Ten Outstanding Young Men Forum at the Holiday Inn-Rivermont.


Entertainer Elvis Presley converses quietly with Presi-dential Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler in Memphis, Tenn., following a Saturday breakfast meeting of the U. S. Jaycees Congress of Ten Outstanding Young Men. Presley and Ziegler were two of the honorees.

Copyright: Panama City News Herald, January 17, 1971

Photos above: The 12:30 p.m. Keynote luncheon at the Holiday Inn-Rivermont.

Photos below: Elvis leaving the Holiday Inn-Rivermont after the luncheon.

An Outstanding Attraction

Nine of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in America were virtually ignored by the crowd yesterday as they left a luncheon meeting at the Holiday Inn-Rivermont.

Most of the attention was focused on Elvis Presley who was kept busy signing autographs all the way out the front door. But last night each of the 10 had his moment on sta- ge at the Jaycee award ceremony at The Auditorium.

Copyright: Memphis Commercial Appeal, January 17, 1971

The Boss Is Pleased Over Dinner-Party Security

Covering a "secret" Elvis Presley dinner party is a little like watching an Eric Stanley Gardner mystery plot unravel.

4:48 p.m. The scene is the Four Flames Restaurant. A waiter peeks out the window, disappears then peeks aout again.

4:50 p.m. The waiter is merred about the dinner Elvis Presley reportedly is giving for the other nine Outstanding Young Men in America, selected by the Jaycees  - a dinner he told the news media would be at his home.  The waiter is troubled; calls the maitre d´.  The maitre d´ mutters that he´s  expecting a party between 5 and 5:30 p.m., makes an akward retreat into the kitchen.

5 p.m. From the rear of the restaurant lots of activity is evident in the restaurant´s  private dining room. Tables are elaborately decorated, bouquets of flowers are centered with six-branched candlebra.

Name cards are in place sporting Elvis´ signature.

A closer look through the French doors divulges a steak knife. Yes, a steak knife stashed at every plate within a sea of other silverware. Filet mignon?

Communication again are attempted with waiters setting  up the tables. But they either ignore or turn  tail back into the kitchen.

5:11 p.m. Two sheriff´s patrol cars cruise into the restaurant parking lot, circling the area with searchlights  blazing no spies in the bushes. They park as  incon-spiciously as  patrol cars can - behind a large tree near the restaurant,

5:15 p.m. A skeptic points out that Elvis  is wealthy enough to rent the restaurant for the entire evening, whisk the Jaycee party somewhere else and pay the Four Flames for the food  his guests didn´t eat.

5:24 p.m. The two sheriff´s deputies casually stroll over, jackets unbuttoned, hand on their hips. "Y´all waiting to eat?," one officer asks. "Then you can just drive next door. This lot is reserved."

5:30 p.m. In the restaurant lobby an elderly violinist tunes up. Noticing he´s being watched through the window, he gets up and walks into another room.

5:40 p.m. A second musician arrives with a large case in one hand and two Elvis records clutched to his chest. "Yes, it´s a party," he admits. "Jack  Pennington and I (Ozzie Blumberg) are playing. You can use our agent´s name if you want to."

5:52 p.m. Four men in business suits drive into the parking lot in a late-model Oldsmobile. Two go in the back way. Two go in the front.

5:58 p.m. A C. Gillis, chief of detectives for the Shelby County Sheriff´s  Department, rushes out the front door and confers with  the uniformed officers. He turns and rushes up the stairs again.

6:02 p.m. A report that Elvis´ entourage is crossing Belvedere and Peabody with a motorcycle excort. A rush to the rear entrance.

6:04 p.m. Two motorcycles  zoom into the parking lot, sirens awail. Leading the parade of nearly xx (unreadable) automobiles is Elvis´ silver Mercedes 600. Many of the other limousines are official Jaycee cars.

Elvis´ bodyguards appear from the rear, opening doors, telling sheriff´s officers where to park which cars and looking suspiciously at "unofficial" visitors.

Elvis and his wife, Priscilla, depart from the rear of the Mercedes. Disturbed by a camera´s flash they spring into the rear  restaurant entrance. But Elvis pauses long enough to give a stunning full-length view of his flared 

tux and "Easy Rider" glasses. His wife´s full-length gown is black with a colorful Spanish looking shawl.

A redhead emerges from the front seat of the Mercedes, gapes at the photographer as if to say "Ah, shucks" and bolts for the rear entrance.

6:05 p.m. The rest of the group appears to be an ornately dressed one. Men in tuxes; women in maxis, minis and furs. Some admit they are not with the Jaycees but are personal friends of Elvis´ As they pause to talk, one of Elvis´ bodyguards eases up; steers them out of camera range and into the dining room.

6:15 p.m. Three of Elvis´ bodyguards rush out and  inform the officers that everyone must sit down by 6:15.

6:20 p.m. A latecomer pauses to give his name and a comment about Elvis but his wife yells from the restaurant patio "Will you come on."

6:22 p.m. Bodyguards appear and one of them, Sonny West, says to everyone in the parking lot:  "The boss is pleased."

6:25 p.m.  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (unreadable) French doors are drawn as the guests sit down.

6:29 p.m. Four sheriff´s  officers walk up. One says in a patient but stern (pleading?) tone of voice, "We can´t eat until you leave."

Copyright: Memphis Commercial Appeal, January 17, 1971

Photos above: The 8 p.m. Awards Ceremony at the Municipal Auditorium.

Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen.

I´d like to thank the Jaycees for electing me as one of the Outstanding Young Men.

Ahh when I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was  a dreamer and I read  comic books and I was the hero of the comic book.

I saw movies and I was the hero in the movie.

So every dream that I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times.

And these gentlemen over here, you see these type people who care, are dedicated, you realize if it´s not possible that they might be building the  Kingdom of Heaven. It´s not too far fetched from reality

I´d like to say that  I learned very early in life that

without a song the day would never end,

without a song a man ain´t got a friend

without, without a song the road would never bend

without a song.

So I´ll keep singing a song.


Photos above: 10 p.m. Honorees´ Reception and Ball at Municipal Auditorium

At 6:04 p.m. Elvis and Priscilla arrived at Four Flames Restaurant

in Elvis´ Mercedes 600.

Elvis and Priscilla during the Honorees´ Reception and Ball

at Municipal Auditorium.