Sunday, June 19, 2005

Elvi Links

MILLVILLE -- Wise men can say whatever they want -- Elvis Presley is King. And as part-time Elvis impersonator Samuel Formica knows -- it is good to be King. Uh-huh. That's right, baby.

"Sammy J." -- Formica's performing alter-ego -- was among three Elvis impersonators competing during 3rd Friday in the Glasstown Arts District. Formica, a Philadelphia-based artist, won a $150 prize for his act.

He said he's been doing about a dozen shows a year for the past three years. He got his start by answering a dare at a karaoke bar. "It's a lot of money when I do a show," Formica said. "Basically, it's a way to burn off stress."

MARION - Bob McVay didn't wear one of his Elvis Presley costumes Friday when friends and family gathered to say goodbye. Although he'd devoted the last 18 years of his life to impersonating Elvis, in the end, pretending to be the King wasn't the most important thing in his life.

"He said, 'I just feel like I should pitch all the Elvis stuff, go home and burn all my Elvis stuff,'" said Doug Barton, pastor of Mt. Olive Methodist Church, who gave the eulogy at McVay's funeral Friday morning. Barton visited McVay in the hospital recently after McVay learned his cancer was terminal.

"I asked him, 'Is Elvis an idol for you?'" Barton said. "He said, 'It used to be. I put him above everything else.' I said, 'Bob, God has to be first.'"

Barton said he believes McVay found peace before he passed away Monday at a hospital in Noblesville.

LOS ANGELES — Here in the Southland, residents weighed in, with some strong opinions about the Michael Jackson verdict...

Elvis Impersonator Michael Romo, told ABC7 Eyewitness News, "The evidence is in and the man is obviously innocent in court. It seems like -- if he is innocent, all people are trying to do is take the man's money."


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