'The Colonel, Elvis and Dr. Nick - True, But Unknown: George Nichopoulos, M.D., Saves Pierre's Life' By Darrin Lee Memmer features groundbreaking content from the Colonel's "For The Record" interview with 2 astute, take-no-prisoners criminal investigators (Mr. E.L. Hutchinson, Jr. and Mr. David N. McGriff) from Shelby County District Atty Gen. Hugh Stanton's Office. Rest assured this is no whitewash or rose-coloured approach to biography; rather, the most contemporaneously-rich, fair-minded & engaging collection of material about Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley and Dr. Nick to be assembled in one place.
Dedicated to Persiphoni and Edna Nichopoulos, with much Respect.
Folks: this is a version of 'ELVIS & The Colonel', available on Amazon. In order to spotlight Dr. Nick and his family, the author simply retitled and modified the manuscript.
Dr. George C. Nichopoulos' heroic efforts at the Las Vegas Hilton - on behalf of Pierre Adidge - will appear in print for the first time. In fact, Mr. Jerry Schilling is the only member of The Memphis Mafia, to my knowledge, fully aware of the lifesaving measures undertaken by Dr. Nick.
The Simpsons character Dr. Nicholas "Nick" Riviera is a sad reminder of how successful the media and so-called friends/fellow members of The Elvis Presley Show have defamed the good name of George Constantine Nichopoulos. I am but one man; however, with this project and its artwork featuring Dr. Nick with his lovely wife and daughters, a measurable degree of justice has been served.
IN MEMORY For Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel. Thank you for TCB in 1972.
ELVIS Fans: you have an opportunity to soak up a tsunami of never-before-published quotes by Mac Davis, Sam Thompson, Bob Neal, DJ Fontana, Billy Goldenberg, John Hartmann, H. Blaine, Bones Howe, John Wilkinson, Grelun Landon, Steve Binder, Minnie Pearl, Sam Katzman, Red West, Jerry Schilling, Joe Pasternak, Henri Lewin, Freddy Beinstock, J. Leiber, Marty Harrell, Yvonne Craig, Johnny Rivers, Ray Walker, Gordon Stoker, Bill Bixby, and, of course, The Chief Potentate - Colonel Tom Parker.
More Highlights: 1. Uncovered! The supposed "confession" attributed to Elvis Presley (via Colonel) in Palm Springs is Fiction. 1a. So, for 26 years superfans like Aussie Geoffrey McDonnell have been led astray. 2. The most comprehensive presentation of The Guardian ad Litem's Amended Report (Blanchard E. Tual vs. Colonel Thomas A. Parker) & The RCA "Masters Buy-Out" to appear in a biography. 3. Sam Thompson: Colonel was "cursing some of these doctors" and "considering selling" EP's contract. 4. Fifteen+ pages of fascinating, 1968 Special "SINGER presents ELVIS" reflections (the vast majority, unpublished!) by Steve Binder, Bones Howe and Billy Goldenberg.
5. "A Little Doggie In Danger." The engaging account originally appeared in 'Elvis Monthly' and is courtesy of Mr. Todd Slaughter and The OEPFC of Great Britain (still, today, the world's most respected Fan Club). 6. The Wrecking Crew's Hal Blaine: "Elvis asked me to go to Las Vegas for his first big opening. I turned down $10,000 for the month." 7. The "FECC" Elvis Forum has its 'Jack Valentine' script mystery solved. 8. Much silliness RE: "Elvis on Tour" e.g. Mr. Abel judged Buffalo the best show with nothing to rival it, EP in Vegas Feb. '72 underwhelmed Abel and Adidge, etc. is eradicated. 9. "General de Gaulle and The Colonel," as fondly recalled by gifted director Steve Binder. 10. Why did Pierre pass away at such a young age?
The Univ. of Memphis' Preservation and Special Collections / MVC (which includes trailblazing research & interviews conducted by Jerry Hopkins, Charles C. Thompson II, & James P. Cole), made this book honoring Memphis' own beloved George C. Nichopoulos, M.D., possible.
Mr. Ed Frank: thank you, sir. And Dr. Nick thanks you, too.