Alan Fortas always said that Elvis had a heart of gold. The King proved it when Fortas' dying father was hospitalized and Elvis told Alan to go back o Memphis and tend to his father. "You stay in memphis," Elvis said, "and if it's two years, you pick up your paycheck every week and if you come back you're fired." "That Christmas, Elvis visited Fortas' father in the hospital and presented him with a gold pocket watch. It was a typical act of kindness, according to Fortas, and a side of Elvis that his friends saw regularly.
From the book by Frank Coffey