HIS­TORIC ELVIS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Only in Amer­ica, per­haps. The U.S. Archives says a pho­to­graph doc­u­ment­ing a meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Nixon and Elvis Pres­ley at the White House on Dec. 21, 1970, re­mains one of the most re­quested im­ages in the fed­eral agency’s 15-mil­lion item col­lec­tion.

Pres­ley sim­ply ap­peared at the White House gates 39 years ago, pre­sented the se­cu­rity de­tail with a five-page, hand­writ­ten let­ter to Nixon on Amer­i­can Air­lines sta­tionery and even­tu­ally was ush­ered in­side for a visit. The pair chat­ted, and the singer pre­sented the pres­i­dent with the gift of a World War II-era Colt 45 pis­tol.

But hey. This is his­tory: The fa­mous meet­ing has in­spired a spe­cial event at the Na­tional Archives on Jan. 6 fea­tur­ing eye­wit­nesses: Egil “Bud” Krogh, a White House as­sis­tant, and Jerry Schilling, a mu­sic in­dus­try

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