The old part-timer that was Dave Hebler decided to take on the role of a 'Sheep' when Red & Sonny decided to rock 'n' shock the Elvis World with that book. I feel as though he just tagged along for the money-spinning venture that it was.
Hebler had only been employed by Elvis for approximately three or four years by the time they all got the 'heave-ho' in 1976. There was a possibility that Hebler knew Elvis wasn't too keen on him, and Elvis confirmed this in his telephone conversation with Red later that year. Elvis thought that Hebler had created some kind of negative atmosphere in the MM camp. So, naturally if anyone was going to be fired then Hebler would be the first to go. He was just fortunate enough that Red & Sonny were given their cards too in order for him to be involved in their bitter quest of telling 'their' truth. Well, if Hebler didn't realise Elvis wasn't keen on him back then, he certainly realises it now.
On another note, if Sonny remains true to his description of his new book this could possibly be the closest we're ever going to get to the truth about certain events in Elvis' life. This could also be the closest we'll ever get to knowing about the real Elvis - because Sonny was there for most of the time over nearly two decades. When you summarise other so-called 'Family' and 'Friends' books that have been published through the years, for example "Elvis & Me" by Priscilla - that is told from the 'wifey' point of view, and for the latter part of Elvis' life when she wasn't around then it is only based on her opinions of what she thought. Another example is Charlie Hodge's rather nice, but sugar-coated, account of his time with 'The King' in "Me 'n' Elvis". This book presents some nice heart-warming stories which are a nice change from the sensationalistic garb we have been treated to throughout the years since Elvis passed away. Charlie has always remained true to Elvis' memory, but I still can't grasp that Bone Cancer theory.
Will Sonny West's new book become the definitive 'Elvis the human being' type story??