Elvis runs away from Jerry Govan. Hi, yes that’s me giving Elvis a good talking to. Yes some of his key people were really trying to help him.
Elvis Runs Away in Las Vegas
The first time that I was asked to work with him on some of his issues was arranged by Alva Boyles his second drummer. I drove to Vegas and was to connect with him after the second show. All was going well as I enjoyed the show, but as I went back stag to meet Alva, I saw Elvis heading out the back stag door. Alva was in pursuit, but he was gone. Not even a body guard in toe. I hung out in town the next day, but Elvis couldn’t be found. I was with some friends and took off back to Newport Beach.
Elvis Runs Away A Second Time – still in Las Vegas
About two years later Ed Parker Sr., Elvis Black Belt instructor (and body guard) aproached me about counseling Elvis. This was not my profession, but I had coached a number of people and he had seen me c0ach other professionals. We had gotten to know each other through my Rixx lotion(which a lot of athletes and karate trainers were using) even Elvis. Why Elvis? I am always asked this. Well if you danced 2 1/2 hrs a night 5 nights a week, your legs and body might want a little help too.
Anyway Ed heard my story about my previous visit to meet Elvis, but he assured me that this would be different. So I went to the MGM in Las Vegas. Ed Parker and Ed Dewey met me at the door and decided to act like my body guard – my own celebrity time. As I was a Ted Kennedy look alike, the game began. It was good for a few laughs. But the two Ed’s got a surprise as I checked in to the MGM. The desk clerk got a call and turned to me and said “Mr Govan everything is taken care of, you have the presidential suite; your stay is totally taken care of.” “By who,” I asked. He pointed to the man in the cat bird seat (watching over the casino). It was the former casino head of the Desert Inn. I looked up at him and we saluted each other. The two Ed’s were amazed. I explained that it was a thank you for a counseling that I did a few years back.
So, things were falling into place. We had a great place to meet with Elvis; our 2nd show reservations were in place. We had great seats for the show. Ed Dewey and I were off to the the Hi-ley games. We were seating comfortably; when Ed Parker came running up. You won’t believe it but Elvis has canceled the second show and Elvis “has left the building” and I can’t find him.
Yes, it did happen twice . It is almost hard to believe, but true. I stayed an extra two days, but his own body quard couldn’t find Elvis.
My conclusion in my experiences with Elvis and others, when dealing with their own demons – their personal issues, is that they are not ready or willing to face them.
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