The King Lives in the hearts of these Meadowbrook teachers! Yes, 42 years later, Elvis fans are still visiting Graceland to pay honor to “the King,” and this year, Mrs. JoAnn Prego, and Mrs. Debbie Fletcher-Marcolina, were among the approximately 35,000 visitors to Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee. Staying at the new Graceland Guest House from August 14 – 18, all of the events and tours were within walking distance, and Graceland was right next door! Every day was filled with fascinating in-depth interviews. There were conversations with many who knew Elvis intimately and performed with him for many years. Highlights were meeting Estella Brown of the Sweet Inspirations and James Burton, Elvis’ lead guitar player and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Every night there was a totally awesome concert filled with the greatest sounds one could ever experience, including an American Sound Studio 50th Anniversary Concert, an Elvis in Vegas Concert, and a gospel concert featuring B.J. Thomas of Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head fame, the Blackwood Brothers, and the Imperials. Another highlight was a day trip to Tupelo, Mississippi, to visit the two room house that Vernon Presley built and where Elvis was born on January 8, 1935. At a stop at the Tupelo Hardware store where Elvis and his mother bought his first guitar for his birthday when he was eleven years old, visitors can stand on the spot where this world-changing event took place. A tour of Graceland and, of course, the solemn candlelight vigil on August 15, commemorating Elvis’ passing away, were events no Elvis fan would ever miss! A side trip to the unforgettable National Civil Rights Museum in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis was also a must. This destination was recommended by former Meadowbrook mom and grandmom, Marci Abt! The song If I can Dream, sung by Elvis as the finale to his ’68 Comeback Special, is Elvis’ tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the uplifting ideals he gave us. This trip to Memphis was a trip of history and a trip of pure enjoyment all rolled into one fabulous time for two Meadowbrook teachers!