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Post office invites public to celebrate Elvis Wednesday
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Employees at McMinnville Post Office are “all shook up” over the upcoming release of the Elvis Presley commemorative forever stamp this Wednesday.
“We have decided to commemorate the release of this stamp with a customer appreciation day,” said McMinnville postal supervisor Sherrie Honea. “We are excited about this stamp. We hope the public comes out on Aug. 12 and enjoys a piece of cake and some punch with us. ‘The King’ might even make an appearance.”
Presley, also called The King of Rock ‘n Roll, is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His music and unique performance style made him enormously popular.
Presley starred in 33 films, recorded 18 No. 1 singles, and racked up 14 Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins. He sold out every one of the 1,140 concerts he performed after serving in the Army. To date, no one has ever surpassed his record for scoring the most Top 40 hits, a total of 114. Presley is the first recording artist to have sold more than 1 billion albums.
The U.S. Postal Service previously honored Presley on a stamp in 1993. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum calls that stamp the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time.
The 2015 stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley taken by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words “Forever” and “USA,” is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley’s nickname.
Retired postal employee Eddie Solomon will be impersonating Elvis during the event. While no definite time was set for Solomon to “leave the building,” the office closes at 5 p.m.