How would any one here feel if they were unceremoniuously dumped from their jobs without a proper explanation as to why you were fired and only given three days notice and a weeks pay after 16-20 years on the job??
This pretty much did happen to me - not fired - but forced out of a job after 18 years of service. Yeah, I was ticked at the witch that made me leave but guess what I did?? Instead of trying to cause her harm I went out and GOT ANOTHER JOB!! What a concept??? Got a job and handled my responsibilities without having to blame someone else for wanting to get rid of me!!! And, might I add, this happened when my husband was very ill and we didn't know if he was going to live or not! So, you're darn right I was ticked - after all I had a family to support too!!!!!!
Trying to do the right thing my buttocks!!!!
Forever Best Friends
I've read Sonnys book. He's still a jacka** , blaming everyone but taking none of it for himself. I bet he was upset when he heard Elvis died as he knew he was in big trouble !! I have no sympathy for people like him.
Did he offer to pay any of Elvis' attorney fees for the lawsuits?
You have a right to your opinion; but so do I and everyone else .
Say whatever you like. I don't try to change anyones mind, I just give my own opinion. Just please don't try to "sell me" on the Wests.
"I have learned never to ridicule any man's opinion, however strange it may seem."
Nawwww, the Wests had no excuse whatsoever in having that book written, not in my mind and not in the majority of the fans...revenge and money was the main reason.
Most of us have lost jobs for one reason or another and we all simply went out and found another. The Wests had it too good with Elvis and too much fun, not to mention too much protection from Elvis to act out as badly as they wanted to. No other employer would have put up with what they did.
I agree with Diane, whole heartedly.
With regard to other comments made in this thread. I find it hard to forgive when you love someone and want to protect them, especially with regard to the harm that was done. Especially, since Sonny runs down his best friend's daughter. That was icing on the cake for me. Sonny should be mature, not bitter and hard done by. He is also, very, very, practiced, at being interviewed, watch him.
Thing is with Sonny, is that I've watched an interview with him, I think it was with Shelly Powers. They taped the general chat with her, before the official interview. Sonny ran down people, trying to align himself with Shelly. I found that unnecessary, and immature.
He then went into his well practised and adjusted spiel. His stories are adjusted, (you say something three times, and it must be true) I know someone who was there for a major story, and he made it out to be something it wasn't, for a book. I'm not going into things, no point, we all have our opinions.
Sonny does love Elvis, true, but I don't find Sonny genuine, and that sets off warning bells, especially, the way he runs down others. That is telling to me, and because of what happened, I can't help being protective as this is someone's life story that is being changed, it isn't right. That is why I say things, and used to be asked to say things.
If my employee bashed the fans, etc., I'd fire him, too. This is all old, but Sonny knew that Elvis always changed his mind. Vernon always did the hiring and firing. That too comes from someone who was there.
I agree with both of you, and here again it's all wrapped up in our ages. There is still a generation gap, I guess there always will be. I think that the younger people of today don't put as much emphasis on certain things like we did, such as morals. It doesn't seem like anything is a big deal. Much the way they enter into marriage with the attitude of oh well...if it doesn't work out we'll just get a divorce. It baffles me as to why no one seems to think that what the West's did was just plain ole' wrong.
Because there aren't many "wrongs" anymore Rosanne. People look after "number one" and don't care or respect anyone and as a result, not even themselves and don't even know it.
Some like the Wests were just ahead of their times in that respect...there were a few self-centered people then too....just not as widespread as it is today.
I think though with Elvis being a forgiven person he was would've forgave and forgot. He knew his world was turned upside down by this point, just imagine how he felt. It's sad to think about.
"How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977
That's what so sad Col.Jon Burrows. Elvis would have forgiven them, no question about it but THEY still haven't forgiven HIM.
I loved the cab story - both of them. Poor Elvis, he just 'gets no respect!'
Just pretend, I'm holding you, and whispering things soft and low.
And think of me, how it's gonna be and just pretend I didn't go
The sadness to me is that they were all good close friends. Red and Elvis back to high school. Anytime lives get so intertwined and close you are bound to see the relationships change. What had been fun-no longer always was, close buddies drifted into different roles and all that takes its toll on everyone. Power, jealousy, envy & greed are all human qualities which every person who ever lived possessed. Mistakes and human shortcomings are at play on all sides in every human encounter. (even superstars and their employees, relatives and friends)
If Elvis were still here he could counter their stories with his own and try to explain his action and deeds.
All of you who have talked to Sonny in person, or Red etc....many of you have found them sincere and believable but you have never had the chance to sit across from Elvis and ask him to rebute their accounts of what happened. Would we find him any less believable in his accounts? Would we find him any less sincere?