2005-01-06 / Top Stories

Local Fan Gets Early Birthday Greeting For King Of Rock & Roll

Congressman Ed Towns should not be held to blame for “pre-dating” his signature — this time and this time only — on an official document, given the circumstances surrounding the document. You see, today is January 6 and Towns put his signature on a special proclamation he presented to Canarsien Diane Pullman (pictured at left) denoting January 8 as Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll Day.

Pullman received the honor, along with many others from political and entertainment business luminaries, because she is, and has been through the years, probably the biggest fan ever of the music legend.

“I’m thrilled,” said Pullman, when she received the proclamation from Towns. “I know that Elvis deserved all the praise and notoriety when he was alive, just as he deserves the praise now, on his birthday.”

In part, the proclamation says: “Be it resolved that, on behalf of the people of the Tenth Congressional District, I salute and commend Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, for his distinguished career and in celebration of the everlasting spirit of appreciation he imbued in this country for music and the American Dream.” The document adds: Signed on this day, the eighth of January, Two Thousand and Five, Edolphus “Ed” Towns, Member of Congress.

Elvis Presley would have been 69 years old Saturday. Charles Rogers

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