that's sweet you guys can agree/disagree without hard feelings!
From all accounts, it was in the army that Elvis started taking drugs. They were uppers given to him by his commanding officer in order to stay awake while on maneuvers as Germany was very cold in the winters and there was danger of frostbite and even death if soldiers fell asleep.
With his already problem of insomnia he found these pills were helpful but it lead him from taking uppers to taking downers and it went on from there.
I do believe that he had some legitimate reasons for taking some medications later on but went too far with them as time went on and some of those may have caused him to have further health problems. Remember though, the guy thought it was all safe as they were prescriptions and he experimented with what he thought made him feel better. He got into that old deadly circle and by the time everyone started to tell him he was addicted and that the pills were hurting him it was much too late.
I very much believe he had a addictive personality and he definitely was the wrong person to have started on uppers in the army. Doesn't anybody wonder how many other young men in the service had the same thing happen to them? Noooo, because they weren't Elvis Presley!
Last edited by Diane; 09-04-2007 at 03:48 PM.
So thus the saying of no man is an island, first the army then hollywood, yup he sure did it all by himself......and I will always include the "enablers!
I have never said Elvis was super staight on this night. But even if his words were quicker than normal he was understandable, he was still able to give a show (even though it was more talking and less singing than normal) he was not tripping around the stage every other step. In the few pictures I've seen from that night he appears not much different than other concert photos. For whatever reason (medications, patience getting thin, etc) he had a lot he wanted to talk about and he seemed to have put some thought into it.
When Elvis met Nixon I have heard the same description usually "stoned" is the descriptive phrase. He got into the Oval Office in a few days time, he went through all the security of the White House Secret Service who are trained to spot problems by sheer obsevation of people. Elvis was probably under his normal regimine of medications (give or take) yet at the time the only negative comment made in screening I can recall was "hes taken to wearing his hair very long and his manner of dress is rather exotic"
I think a lot of time it is a matter of what you consider certain terms or phrases to mean by your experience.