(2009/Praytome) Hardcover, 21x30 cm, English, 124 pages of notes, rare photos & memorabilia in b&w and color.
"This book is dedicated to Elvis Presley for showing us all that what we do with our lives will be our legacy;
and to my dear friend and mentor, Colonel Tom Parker, who taught me that anything is possible if you only believe - and if you're a good enough snowman."
Foreword by Sam Thompson
I am so pleased and honored to have been asked by my old and valued friend, Charlie Stone, to write the foreword to his book about his days with the Elvis Presley Show - Elvis and the Colonel. I met Elvis in November of 1972 through my sister, Linda, who was dating him at the time. I was an officer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department in Memphis, and Elvis and I quickly became friends. Elvis was a good friend of my Sheriff in the department, Roy Nixon; and in the Spring of 1973, Roy informed me that Elvis wanted me to go on a concert tour with him. A two-week leave was arranged for me; and that was the beginning of my touring years with Elvis: whenever there was a tour, I would get a leave to work security on the tour. In July of 1976, I left the department and went to work for Elvis on a full-time basis, as a personal bodyguard and tour advance man, providing security for Elvis at Graceland, his homes in California and on all the concert tours,including hotel and airport security.