Urban Milwaukee Prints My Op-Ed Column On Scott Walker

Pleased that Urban Milwaukee ran my column this week.  


Walker Failed to Lead on Election Night

Not giving a concession speech showed his lack of character. And not the first such failure.

By  – Nov 16th, 2018

Where Was Priscilla Presley, Or Lisa Marie, For Elvis Presley Medal Of Freedom Award Ceremony At White House?

Elvis fans across the nation were most pleased that the Medal of Freedom– the highest civilian honor –was presented posthumously to Elvis Presley.  When the news had been reported of the honor I just knew that either Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ former wife, or Lisa Marie, his daughter, would attend and receive the medal.

But as we know that did not happen.

Ginger Alden, Elvis’ last girlfriend was asked about this matter and commented in the only manner I can find to be honest.  From her Facebook page she said it all.

“I don’t understand it at all, very, very sad.”

The White House on Friday, in making note of ‘The King’ said, “Presley “defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Elvis fused gospel, country, and rhythm and blues to create a sound all his own, selling more than a billion records.”

The fact is there hasn’t been anybody loved in so many nations, in so many languages around the world than Elvis.  That is why it mattered to have either Priscilla or Lisa to have been present to show the gratitude Elvis would have so humbling demonstrated.

Many are aware of the consequences of Elvis wearing a pink shirt and having those swivel hips.  We were never the same afterwards.  Jerry Schilling, musician, friend, and insider to Elvis sums up the reason Elvis not only deserved the medal, but should have been represented by his family at the White House.

I think Elvis Presley could have only happened in America. And that’s the beauty of our country, and why he loved this country so much. Even when he was younger in the ‘50s, with the harsh criticism that he got, it really hurt him. But he was able to continue what he wanted to do, and as I said earlier, he won everybody over. With all of the division and faults and whatever, this is still the best country. And Elvis is still one of the best examples of what America should be.

He wanted to share his success, and did. He wanted to make people happy. He wanted to help people who were sick, and did. He did so much stuff that people didn’t know. People caring about other people if they were influential or had no influence, or whatever color they are, or what language they spoke. That’s what Elvis’s music was about, and what he was about. I think that’s what America, deep down, is about.

Schilling and Elvis below in 1972