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Category Archives: Elvis Presley

Elvis is 83

(Elvis Presley would’ve been 83 on August 16, and that’s hard to fathom. Thirteen years ago I wrote a story below on his 70th birthday.) I can’t imagine I would’ve been seventy today. And it’s hard to believe I’ve been gone more than twenty-seven years. Of course, I’m not really gone. Through my music and […]

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Andy Warhol at The Broad Museum

Elvis empties holster standing cowboy wide in boots gun pointed straight eyes aimed too far right. I doubt he ever shoots anything but TVs. Meet Thomas Francis G FBI most wanted for staring uneven and grim so you don’t really want him. He’d shoot anyone who tries to stop him from robbing Chase Manhattan bank […]

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Heath Ledger to Tiger Woods

Dear Tiger, I’m not going to preach, from a faraway place, but I’m damn well going to tell you about prescription drug abuse. You may know I’ve been gone more than nine years now, and like you mixed drugs that taken together dramatically increase their effects and stop many young, strong hearts. Choose any statistics […]

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Bruce Jenner Opens Up

I was twenty-three in the spring of 1976 and often played basketball in the Sacramento State University gym and then drove to the all-weather track on the south side of campus and jogged before running wind sprints. People often complimented me for being in good shape, and I considered myself a stud but must’ve known […]

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Curing Dan Gilbert

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

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Photos in Box

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Black”

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From Tennessee to California

In the summer of 1978 I lived in a small old room at the rear of a dreary house in north Sacramento, one of the worst parts of the Golden State’s capital city. Fortunately, I didn’t know I’d have to stay there several more years until a modest inheritance temporarily rescued me, and was delighted […]

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Cruising in My First Car

I wish I’d been more on the ball and returned to somehow punish the scoundrel who sold me my first car. The deed occurred on an ominous weeknight when my stepfather drove me east of Sacramento to a fine suburban home where a slender dorky old man at least forty-five opened the door and said, […]

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Elvis is 70

I can’t imagine I would’ve been seventy today. And it’s hard to believe I’ve been gone more than twenty-seven years. Of course, I’m not really gone. Through my music and photos – but not my movies – I’m still here in ways almost no other person has ever been. I know my fans all over […]

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