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    Should there be an Elvis Stamp in the US?

    Rabbi Ben Kamin is an Elvis fan but he does not believe that the US Postal Service should have issued an Elvis stamp. Read why:

    One of those remarkable people called a ‘philatelist’ visited me the other day with a voluminous collection of stamps. This fellow, who even carries around a special moist sponge for his stamps (“It’s so crass to lick a stamp,” he snarls), is actually a member of the American Philatelic Society.

    He is very disappointed in the current lack of artistic merit in US stamps, and is opposed to the self-sticking variety. He takes great pride in his anthology of cancelled samples and really possesses a pronounced sense of history and citizenship.

    But when he pulled out a commemorative first class stamp with the visage of Elvis Presley, we got into a bit of a tussle. I opposed the Elvis stamp, released by the Postal Service in 1993, although I adored Elvis and particularly admired his unabashed admiration for black-style vocalization.
    But Elvis Presley should not have a stamp in his memory. You can love Elvis, you can know every lyric of his haunting ballads, but you can still sense that there is something wrong with engraving this tragic man on our letters and cards. Elvis Presley died ignominiously and self-abusively. He killed himself with drugs, alcohol, and indulgence. The end of his life came to be a cacophony of blind extravagance and gross irresponsibility. He was not martyred; he was stoned.

    Elvis Presley, brilliant, stunning, original, nevertheless became as sick in spirit was he was sublime in song. His music was good; his life-style was bad. Can’t we acknowledge the difference?

    At the time of the release of the Presley stamp, some officials of the Postal Service did acknowledge the concerns of educators and psychologists who mentioned the poor role model Elvis had become—as well as the culture of Elvis “sightings” and reincarnations that blur the difference between life and death for kids. This continues to be a problem against the background of the national epidemic of teenage suicide. Kids are playing dangerous games with their health because they don’t always get it that death is final.

    In the end, the Postal Service, always poorly run, and fiscally dysfunctional, decided to run the stamp and enjoy its biggest sales of any stamp in history. Never mind the ramifications of putting the stamp of approval on an idol who surely would have never wanted any youngster to pursue the kind of self-destruction that he did.

    I don’t want a dead Elvis on a stamp; better a live Elvis on a stage. Remember when the government canted the refrain, “Just say no!”?

    source: http://www.examiner.com/x-689-Spirit...turn-to-Sender
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    Quote Originally Posted by presley31 View Post
    Rabbi Ben Kamin is an Elvis fan but he does not believe that the US Postal Service should have issued an Elvis stamp. Read why:

    One of those remarkable people called a ‘philatelist’ visited me the other day with a voluminous collection of stamps. This fellow, who even carries around a special moist sponge for his stamps (“It’s so crass to lick a stamp,” he snarls), is actually a member of the American Philatelic Society.

    He is very disappointed in the current lack of artistic merit in US stamps, and is opposed to the self-sticking variety. He takes great pride in his anthology of cancelled samples and really possesses a pronounced sense of history and citizenship.

    But when he pulled out a commemorative first class stamp with the visage of Elvis Presley, we got into a bit of a tussle. I opposed the Elvis stamp, released by the Postal Service in 1993, although I adored Elvis and particularly admired his unabashed admiration for black-style vocalization.
    But Elvis Presley should not have a stamp in his memory. You can love Elvis, you can know every lyric of his haunting ballads, but you can still sense that there is something wrong with engraving this tragic man on our letters and cards. Elvis Presley died ignominiously and self-abusively. He killed himself with drugs, alcohol, and indulgence. The end of his life came to be a cacophony of blind extravagance and gross irresponsibility. He was not martyred; he was stoned.

    Elvis Presley, brilliant, stunning, original, nevertheless became as sick in spirit was he was sublime in song. His music was good; his life-style was bad. Can’t we acknowledge the difference?

    At the time of the release of the Presley stamp, some officials of the Postal Service did acknowledge the concerns of educators and psychologists who mentioned the poor role model Elvis had become—as well as the culture of Elvis “sightings” and reincarnations that blur the difference between life and death for kids. This continues to be a problem against the background of the national epidemic of teenage suicide. Kids are playing dangerous games with their health because they don’t always get it that death is final.

    In the end, the Postal Service, always poorly run, and fiscally dysfunctional, decided to run the stamp and enjoy its biggest sales of any stamp in history. Never mind the ramifications of putting the stamp of approval on an idol who surely would have never wanted any youngster to pursue the kind of self-destruction that he did.

    I don’t want a dead Elvis on a stamp; better a live Elvis on a stage. Remember when the government canted the refrain, “Just say no!”? (News, Source: Rabbi Ben Kamin, Spiritual Examiner....www.examiner.com)
    The idea is he was recognised for his contributions to music in the US and around the world-not his lifestyle -nor his end. So with all due respect to Rabbi Kamin what is wrong? Jefferson is seen as the father of our Constitution the bedrock of our country yet owned slaves and he is alleged to have fathered children with one of them Sally Hemings. A 1998 DNA study concluded that there was a DNA link between some of Hemings descendants and the Jefferson family, but it did not conclusively prove that Jefferson himself was their ancestor.
    He got a stamp for his work in helping write the Constitution in the beginning of our nation, and for becoming the 3rd President-not for having a seeming hypocritical stance on slavery and fathering children out of wedlock.
    Most any person of accomplishment who merits a stamp will have some area of their life which would not support the honor of a national stamp. IMO

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    Got these responses from Elvisinfonet.com, excellent and so true.

    It seems the Rabbi is willing to toss aside all the millions of hours of enjoyment and happiness Elvis brought to hundreds of millions worldwide over his twenty plus years of his career. There have been pronouncements by many individuals that his music pulled them out of depression or that it helped them get well when they were sick.

    He overlooks or maybe doesn't know about, all the charitable work Elvis did in all those years to many groups regardless of race, religion or whatever.

    He also makes a mistake in including alchohol as one substance of Elvis' over indulging. In the over twenty years I was close to him I probably saw, at the most, Elvis take ten drinks, if that much, of alchohol.

    I'm happy that the Rabbi is an ardent Elvis fan and like all fans, he ought to just enjoy the music and leave the uninformed rhetoric out of it.

    Elvis was worthy of the stamp. That honor should not be relegated to just self serving politicians." Marty Lacker

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    Dear Rabbi Ben Kamin, You profess that you adore Elvis, yet you say he abused alcohol. Elvis did not drink alcohol.

    The Postal Service did the right thing because they chose to commemorate a legend in not only music history but American culture as well. While it is a known fact that Elvis had problems with prescribed legal medications, this is not the reason the Postal Service chose him for the stamp.
    Elvis Presley served his Country in the Army, donated thousands of dollars to charities, raised the money needed to finish the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, gave to tornado relief in Mississippi, was one of the first celebrities to endorse the Polio vaccine, united white and black cultures through his music when it was obvious that the Christian and Judaic religions could not, changed the way the world listens to music and always respected and gave of his time to his fans. His talent, showmanship, impact, stage presence were like no other. These are the reasons he was chosen to be on the stamp. How does that make him a bad role model? You're blaming the problems of the youth of today on Elvis Presley? Thats quite a stretch. As a supposed man of God, you should be ashamed of what you wrote. I would think you would see the good person he was and what he did. Its your Tabloid style writing and the blurring of facts that does a disservice to the memory of Elvis Presley.

    All The Best, Cory Cooper, Elvis Historian ([email protected])

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    Thank's for that, Joe, indeed so true!
    Everyone around the world should read these responses, as way too many people have the same misguided and wrong point of view on Elvis like Rabbi Ben Kamin, besides very strange....coming from an Elvis fan....

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    It's nothing more than another radical, overreacting person in this fine world of ours.

    There is nothing wrong with one Elvis stamp, or a million Elvis stamps.

    Give everybody a break already!

    Sonny



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    It will never cease to amaze me the controversy that Elvis brings to this world, even after so many years of his bursting onto the scene with his wild music and dancing and then the years following his death......I guess Elvis had to grace to carry such controversy and with class and still remain cool, but it still unbelievable so many years later....
    "More people today should see him not simply as a performer, but as an artist with a great soul."

    John Bakke, professor emeritus
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    Are you kidding man? Elvis Presley WAS the American Dream!!
    The rags to riches story was and still is lived out every day,in the USA!
    Elvis' life-story has always been a interesting tale from,from day one.
    You Remember That Donach Ya?

    Later Elton ^j^

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