I understand the opposing thoughts. And I would hope that others understand that this is a little more personal to me.
Could be true Brian...
However, also in Bad Nauheim fans go to see where Elvis lived. Just a natural thing my friend, maybe it is invasion of privacy, but it happens...
The houses Im talking about are the Chino Canyon house in Palm Springs and the Ladera Circle (honeymoon) house also in Palm Springs.
The Honeymoon House is open to visitors and the Chino Canyon house is owned (but not lived in) by an Elvis fan who, if you phone him and ask to have a look round, arranges to meet you there and is delighted to show you round and tell you little stories about Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa and the MM.
As far as it not being an Elvis house anymore, and why do fans want to visit, I think that all goes back to what 'level' of 'obsession' we have with Elvis. Im not embarrassed to admit I want to know everything, however big or small, about Elvis - including his previous homes. I feel like once I have had a good nose round them, I get more of a feeling of the kind of person he was. there are other fans who are just happy to visit Graceland maybe once, and from thereon in just appreciate his music.
It takes all sorts.
Personally, I can understand if fans go to see a previous home of Elvis's - we drove past the other 3 I mentioned and took a photo of each one. However, we were there for all of 2 minutes, so I can't see how it would really bother the owners; especially as for the most part all we could see was the outside gate!
Yes, I would imagine it would get on their nerves if everyone did it, but its only the occasional person who does. If it were me, I wouldnt mind it myself.
Sadly he won't come down and give us autographs, however it's like with other places or homes of Elvis, it's like feeling a little bit close to him and I agree with what May said:
Why do people buy these houses?? Are people motivated by the fact that they were his houses?? If so then how could they not expect others to be facinated. But I don't know if that is the case??
You are splitting hairs-I did not imply that Elvis made any provisions in his will for grandkids or great grandkids-Lisa was the one he wanted provided for as specified in the will.
But are you saying Elvis would not want those grandkids and great grandkids to be cared for? You and I know he would. But I never implied it was his will which spelled out grandkids etc....
........As to the point of all the money which the recordings and movies would bring the estate-since the 1973 back catalogue deal the estate makes very little from direct royaltees for most of Elvis records sold except for those from 73 to 77.
The movies are owned by the companies which made them. Elvis's publishing companies do bring in some pretty good income, and yes selling off things at auction could have brought in money. I look at this much differently than you-you seem to say-Lisa could have got by easily without taking the drastic measure of opening the estate to tours.
The judge the court appointed to oversee the estate had every detail you mention at his side (and without a doubt many more than we know) he said the estate was in distress-near exhaustion-he knew what the recordings brought in each year, he knew about any movie profits, he knew about anything and everything which profited or drained the estate-he said it was in distress.
So all you point to as ways to keep the estate growing-he had to have had account statements which showed what they brought in yearly and what they were expected to bring in on average-he had the facts, he made his recommendations. He would not just guess on what might be coming in each year.
I do not see any reason he would okay opening the estate unless he thought it was the best hope of keeping the trust solvent and intact.
Why else would he okay it? I mean this was a high profile very observed situation by the world, I assume that added to his feelings of responsibility to the trust.
Your view of what should have been done is finite-selling off assets and living off existing income each year. Could it have been enough to keep Graceland in Lisas hand-who knows looking back and second guessing today.........................but it obviously was not enough-by this judges estimation in 1982.
I have to believe he recommended the best course from his much more knowledgeable position of facts and figures.
If he needed more info-he could (and did) demand it from the estate, from RCA, from any company which had any dealings with the estate. He ordered the estate to sue Parker because he did not like what he saw in the deals made before and after Elvis died-this guy had it all before him and for how much money was flowing into Parkers direction.
I can not second guess someone who got reports on all aspects of the trust and the financial situation it faced and was responsible for making sure it stayed solvent. How can I when he had the actual facts in front of him.
Work in Progress!