The New Year began quietly for me in 1961. I had spent the holidays at home and had babysat on New Year's Eve. I loved watching the Rose Parade on television, and so on New Years morning, I watched as William F. Quinn, the Governor of the Territory of Hawaii, presided as Grand Marshall of the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Later in January, I watched as John F. Kennedy was sworn in as President of the United States, and said in his inaugral address: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country".
In February, 1961, word was out that Elvis Presley was going to do a charity concert in Memphis to thank the local fans. This was the incentive I needed to get out of the house. I dressed and took a bus into Memphis. I went to the Ellis Auditorium, bought a ticket using my babysitting earnings and was lucky enough to get a seat in the third row, possibly because I only bought one ticket. I believe the ticket cost me all of $2.00. I was thrilled. I was going to be seeing Elvis in his first concert since being discharged from the Army.
On February 25, 1961 I went to the Ellis Auditorium, took my seat in the third row, and sat quietly and admired the King of Rock and Roll as he performed. I loved it and thought Elvis was fantastic.
There were always rumors that Elvis had friends looking for girls to bring back to him. The word was he would have his buddies be on the lookout for a certain "type" of girl, and the buddy would approach the girl, and invite her up to meet Elvis. Obviously, some of the guys took advantage of the situation and although the girls may have met Elvis, they were the actual targets of the buddies.
As I sat in the Ellis Auditorium, watching Elvis perform, I hoped one of those buddies would approach me. They didn't. Apparently, I wasn't the type of girl Elvis and his buddies were searching for, because nobody approached me. So I had to be content with just being a fan at the concert. I managed to be satisfied with that.