Missing Member Of “Million Dollar Quartet” Speaks

The missing woman emerges.

Most people know this photo and the singers in it along with the history they made for music fans everywhere.

But the photo was cropped and one person was left out and seemingly forgotten.  That person was  Marilyn Riehl, who dated Presley for a few months in 1956.

The rockabilly Broadway show “Million Dollar Quartet” is named for the iconic photograph, taken on Dec. 4. 1956, of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered around a piano at Sun Studios in Memphis.

But what few people know is that the photo actually captured a quintet.

Until 2008, when the Chicago Tribune found her, no one knew much of anything about the pretty gal sitting on that piano. Though she was mentioned in a caption on the news photo at the time, Ms. Riehl, 73, had faded from the story. “She was one of the few Elvis girlfriends that no one knew anything about,” said Colin Escott, the co-author of “Million Dollar Quartet,” which dramatizes the recording session.

Ms. Riehl—who was then Marilyn Evans, age 19, of Fresno, Calif.—met Elvis in the fall of 1956 at the New Frontier casino in Las Vegas, where she was a dancer. The two met at a backstage coffee shop between shows; the 21-year-old singer slipped her a napkin that said: “May I have a date with you?”

He later asked her to visit him in Memphis. “Of course I had to ask my mother,” Ms. Riehl said. “She talked to his mother, and they decided I could go.”

During her five days in Memphis, she rode around with Elvis on his motorcycle and stayed with his family, which had just moved into a new house Elvis had bought for them.

Donald Trump Is Not Going To Be Presidential Candidate

There is no way that Donald Trump announces for the White House in 2012.

Donald Trump is not prepared to be President of the United States.   He is not even prepared to be a viable candidate in the Republican primaries.  Evidence of that came in a recent outing where Trump made his shortcomings obvious.  CNN reported the outcome this way.

He harshly criticized some Republicans, tailored his speech based on crowd shout-outs, dissed hecklers, used a curse word and recalled how his wife urged him not to be “conceited.”


Given his media savvy qualities it is rather surprising how inept Trump can be out on the hustings.

Had Donald Trump been serious about the White House over the years he would have been cultivating the landscape for his run.  Instead he has allowed for some of the inconsistencies in his past to now make headlines.  Had Trump ever really wanted to run for the White House he would have more artfully handled various issues where he did not have to weigh in, and thereby leave a needless ‘paper trail’ of comments.

Trump did not reiterate his support for 2008’s bank bailout, an act that the Tea Party movement despises. Nor did he discuss his past as a Democrat-turned-Independent-turned-Republican, his reported past leanings in favor of abortion rights and universal health care or his support for and financial contributions to Democrats and Republicans since 1990.

The fact Trump is so unskilled as a politician and candidate came through in his appearance.

After a heckler began to taunt Trump, he mocked and dismissed the person. At various points throughout the speech, members in the crowd shouted out topics they hoped to hear Trump discuss and he obliged them.

As he touted his business bona fides, Trump mentioned how his wife urged him against being “conceited.” And while claiming there were huge writing differences between Obama’s first book, “Dreams From My Father”, and the second, “The Audacity of Hope,” Trump used profanity to say they could not have both been written by Obama.

“The man that wrote the second book … didn’t write the first book,” Trump said. “The difference was like chicken salad and chicken (expletive).”

How very presidential, Mr. Trump.

But maybe not…..

This whole stunt by Donald Trump is one massive ego trip.  And at times a rather nasty one at that.

Nothing more.

Together Again

From our china hutch.

FAUX News Unable To Find Palm Trees For Sarah Palin’s Madison Speech

I just saw a report on FAUX NEWS about Sarah Palin in Madison.  The problem was NO footage of the crowd  was shown.  I guess they were embarrassed about being out numbered at their rally with mostly anti-Walker and anti-Palin signs.  No footage of that, just a close up of Sarah on stage!!!  Couldn’t they find fake footage again with palm trees in the background??

Was the anemic crowd in Madison for Sarah Palin just another sign her star is fading?  Her poll numbers are dreadful, and the only one that seems not be aware of all this is Palin herself.

Sarah Palin Shows Mental Ability In Madison

One paragraph jumped out as the best way to sum up the appearance by Sarah Palin in Madison this weekend.  Palin got paid handsomely for a mere 16 minute speech of pure red meat political claptrap.  What was missing however was any real substance in Palin’s message.

But then there is no real substance to any of the utterances from Palin…ever.  Still this nugget from the Wisconsin State Journal only underscores for all of us the shortcomings of Palin, and would seem to again dash any hopes from her supporters that she might run in 2012.

Palin lit into Obama, calling his financial stimulus package “useless” and several of his initiatives, including “really fast trains” and solar shingles, “cockamamie and harebrained.” She mentioned 2012 repeatedly, at one point saying, “The 2012 election begins here.”

“Really fast trains”?

Did Bristol’s kid write Palin’s remarks?

“One Shock Away From A Full-Blown Crisis”

This was a bracing wake up read this morning.   

In spite of the domestic economic concerns of the United States, we must be mindful of the rest of the world, and the way all could be impacted if creative ways to assist with global concerns are not found.  Too often it seems the ‘circle the wagons’ mentality gets a hold of some in the nation, and they forget our larger role as a leader.   The Tea Party types seem to be the ones who need to hear the words of the head of the World Bank the most at this time.  Those are the ones who need to better understand the interconnectedness of the world.

The president of the World Bank has warned that the world is “one shock away from a full-blown crisis”.

Robert Zoellick cited rising food prices as the main threat to poor nations who risk “losing a generation”.

He was speaking in Washington at the end of the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Meanwhile, G20 finance chiefs, who also met in Washington, pledged financial support to help new governments in the Middle East and North Africa.

“The crisis in the Middle East and North Africa underscores how we need to put the conclusions from our latest world development report into practice. The report highlighted the importance of citizen security, justice and jobs,” he said.

He also called for the World Bank to act quickly to support reforms in the region.

“Waiting for the situation to stabilise will mean lost opportunities. In revolutionary moments the status quo is not a winning hand.”

Remarkable View Inside St. Paul’s Cathedral

Hat tip to Rolf.

Must see.

An incredible picture, a GigaPan 360 of the interior of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Caffeinated Politics Is Back

Look what happens.

This blog goes dark for several days due to family matters and Sarah Palin thinks she has the right to come to Madison and make noise. 

Sarah Palin has no intention of being a candidate for president, but still likes to make money.  So there she was  prattling on at the statehouse Saturday afternoon.  Later Palin no doubt slipped her huge cash wad into her bra before skipping town. 

I guess we all wondered what it would be like if Palin visited, and by all accounts it was one big YAWN.  Now we know, and I strongly suspect that will never happen again.

This past week it was announced that there will be an alternative Brat Fest in Madison to underscore the revulsion that voters have with Johnsonsville Brats.  This is a grand idea and one that CP will be promoting in the weeks to come.

Overseas Hosni Mubarak is being held in custody.  How the mighty can fall.

For those who have sent kind words and quiet prayers for me and my family over the week I say thanks.  But now it is time for Caffeinated Politics to get back into the blogosphere.