Part IV: Graceland Too
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Our final stop on the all-things-Elvis tour was Graceland Too, a ramshackle
house at 200 East Gholson Avenue in Holly Springs, Mississippi, about
an hour south of Memphis. Paul McCloud has been an Elvis fan - and
by fan I mean fanatic - since before the death of the King, even naming
his son Elvis Aron Presley McLoud.
Paul may be the most obsessive
Elvis fan alive, amassing an impressive collection of Elvis' personal
possessions and Elvis memorabilia. His ceilings are covered in Elvis trading
cards, his walls covered in posters from all 31 of Elvis' films, and the
floors are crowded with trunk after trunk of mentions of Elvis in magazines,
newspapers, and, perhaps the most impressive and utterly useless collection
in the house, videotapes. Paul and Elvis (McCloud) have a line of VCR's
recording every TV channel they can get 24/7. They review these tapes
searching for any mention of Elvis and save and catalog each one.
As if that weren't enough, he photographs every person that visits
the place and displays his collection, making each visitor part of Elvis
memorabilia. He displays with pride the photos of the countless people
that have visited the house.
The 45 on the right with the
RCA Victor label is, according to Paul McCloud, the most valubable record
in existance. Unfortunately he talked so fast I missed which particular
Elvis song is on the record.
may be the Mecca of the Elvis religion, Graceland Too is the Vatican
They claim to have other Elvis items, from cars to jewelry to clothes,
but unfortunately Paul was our tour guide today. Apparently when Elvis
(McCloud) gives the tour it's all about Elvis (Presley) and Graceland.
But when Paul gives the tour it's more about Elvis (McCloud) and Graceland
Not as confused as you would be if you heard Paul's stories! He tells
long tales with impossible to grasp connections about visitors and
events around Graceland Too. Each story starts out the same, "Have
you ever heard of (famous movie/celebrity/important historical event)?"
On one story he started out with "Have you ever heard of a movie
called Blade? Wesley Snipes?" He went on to talk about karate
and Elvis (Presley) and how one time a guy showed up and chopped up
the mailbox of Graceland Too to pieces with his bare hands. Without
taking a breath he charges into the next tale about how if you took
an infrared picture of the neighborhood you'd see all the houses were
connected by Elvis (Presley), then on into the next tale thinly connecting
a famous movie or celebrity with Elvis, either Presley or McCloud.
After a while you can't help but be overwhelmed, not at his Elvis
(Presley) collection but at his narrative.
Unfortunately Elvis (McCloud) had left the building to talk to HBO
about a documentary. Graceland Too has appeared in TV shows, documentaries,
and countless newspaper and magazine articles and if you visit Paul
will prove it, "Or you can kill me." An impressive collection
of celebrities have visited, but much like my experience at Graceland
itself I couldn't help but wonder WHY. Perhaps next time I'll get
Elvis (McCloud) as a tour guide and I'll get the tour that includes
such tales as Elvis (Presley) shooting up Graceland and the bullet
holes in Lisa Marie's swing set in the back yard and other stories
the official audio tour and guidebook neglected. But instead I got
Paul, which was probably appropriate because I left Graceland Too
the same way I left Graceland - more confused than in awe, but definitely
It's open 24/7, just ring the bell. You might have to wake up one
of the McCloud's, but they say they've had visitors at all hours.
Graceland Too is on Call if you need directions, 662-252-2515 or 662-252-1918
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