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Elvis Takes a Milby Coed to the Carhop

When you get right down to it, most often the blogosphere is usually a pretty obnoxious place. But every now and then you find a story like the first one in the comments box of this post on John Gonzales’s old Bayou City History blog.

Here’s some backstory and an excerpt to get you started. The post was left by an anonymous woman. In 1955, she writes, she was 15-and-a-half years old and in the Milby High drill team. She and the rest of the drill team were was assigned to work as ushers at Elvis Presley’s 1955 concert at City Auditorium.

As exciting as that was to her, things got a whole lot better. As he was taking the stage, he asked the girl if she would like to get a Coke with him after the show. She thought he meant at the venue, but Elvis had other plans…

“Elvis came rushing out the backdoor and jumped in the car. He was hyped, wet with sweat, but a complete joy to be with. Someone had told him about Prince’s Hamburgers on Main and he wanted to go there. Just as we were pulling in, Elvis asked, ‘Do you need to call home? I’m sure your family didn’t know you would be late. Would you like for me to talk to them and let them know I will bring you home?’ I didn’t have a clue as to what my daddy would say to him, so I did all the talking to my mother.”

You really should read the whole story. – John Nova Lomax

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