Friday, August 1, 2008

Just for the records

I have really been enjoying the Seattle Municipal Archives' photostream on Flickr the last few days. There's something about looking at old pictures of the city you have inhabited for your entire life that is unmatched. It's kind of like looking at baby pictures of your granny.

One of my favorite entries (so far, anyway), other than the hippest ladies I have ever seen, is this letter from Dixie Emerson:

The text reads:

Dear Sirs:

I am writing this letter to tell you why I think Elvis Presley should be allowed to come to Seattle. I know you don't want him because you think the teenagers of Seattle will start a riot. Well I'd like to ask you a few questions on that subject.

1. Are we the kids in the other towns? No we are not. Sure there are a few rowdy kids in every bunch but the majority are O.K.

2. Then why are you afraid we'll start something? Also just for the records Elvis has stopped kids in other towns by saying "sit down or the shows over." It stopped other teenagers and would would work on us too because no one would want to be the cause of canceling a show.

Elvis would probably be a real nice person if people would give him a chance. Everyone treats him like something from outer space is it a wonder he's misunderstood. After all what do you expect if people always say he's no good. How do they know? Have they met him? Talked to him?

If people would just stop looking at the few poor points of a person and concentrate on the good ones this world would be a much better place to live in.

As Julia Carney said her her poem 'Little Things,'
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land...
Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Help to make earth happy
Like the heaven above.

Sincerely yours, Dixie Emerson (Age 14) and a member of the Greater Seattle Elvis Presley Fan Club & a student at Sylvester J.H.

I googled Dixie with no luck.

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