Elvis on Holiday : Water Skiing : McKellar Lake : July 1955 & Biloxi : July 31, 1956
McKellar Lake, July 1955
Bayou, part of Big Lake, near Biloxi, July 31, 1956
June Juanico: Elvis had mentioned his love for water skiing to Eddie, and wanted to hire a boat for the day.
He didn't care to go on a specified route, with a ski instructor, for a ten-minute ride.
He wanted to go it alone for as long as he pleased. Eddie, along with a friend, drove in the driveway pulling a boat behind the car. They launched the boat across the bayou with Elvis, extremely sunburned from the fishing trip, wearing a long-sleeve shirt and long pants to protect his tender skin from the sun.
I sat on the bank with his mom and dad, and we watched the boys skiing up and down the bayou. Eddie, riding in the boat, took some shaky, out-of-focus movies for us to laugh about later.
After skiing, Eddie joined us for a pool-side lunch, along with Elvis's mom and dad and the rest of the gang. Elvis kept insisting he wanted to do something nice for 'Mr Bellman', and finally Eddie - insisting Elvis call him 'Eddie' - came up with the idea of Elvis making a personal appearance at his downtown Biloxi shoe store.
Elvis kept insisting he wanted to do something nice for 'Mr. Bellman', and finally Eddie - insisting Elvis call him 'Eddie' - came up with the idea of Elvis making a personal appearance at his downtown Biloxi shoe store. 'I'd be happy to, Mr. Bellman, I mean, Eddie, just let me know when'. 'I'll talk to my partners, Elvis.
How about tomorrow?' 'Sounds good to me, Mr.... er, Eddie. I don't have any other plans'.
On Wednesday afternoon, August 1, Elvis did a promotional appearance at the store.
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