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Elvis Presley to be Named an Honorary Citizen of Budapest
www.elvis.com ^ | March 2, 2011 | www.elvis.com

Posted on 03/02/2011 12:43:33 PM PST by Ravnagora

According to reports from the Associated Press, Budapest's mayor says Elvis Presley will be declared a posthumous honorary citizen of Hungary's capital, and a city landmark will be named after him. Mayor Istvan Tarlos says that Elvis will be commemorated because of his support for Hungary in the wake of the short-lived, anti-Soviet revolution of October 1956.

On the city's website, visitors can pick one of 12 locations to be renamed after Elvis, including street crossings and a site at the foot of Margaret Bridge, which spans the Danube River. Voting ends on March 15.

During Elvis' last appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in January 1957, he sang a gospel song called "Peace in Valley," which Sullivan said reflected the singer's interest in the Hungarians' plight after the uprising.

"While Elvis usually refrained from making political statements, especially at the beginning of his career, his request to Ed Sullivan was an exception" says Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. CEO Jack Soden. "Because it was so important to him, we're certain Elvis would be very grateful for this honor."

It is especially meaningful since 2011 marks the 55th anniversary of many things that took place for the first time during Elvis' career, including his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." We thank Mayor Istvan Tarlos and the Elvis fans in Budapest, Hungary, and we look forward to seeing which city landmark is chosen to represent the King of Rock 'n' Roll!

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budapest; elvis; hungary

1 posted on 03/02/2011 12:43:37 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

Fat Elvis was often Hungary.


2 posted on 03/02/2011 12:45:46 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Ravnagora

Wonder if he’ll show up?


3 posted on 03/02/2011 12:46:21 PM PST by jessduntno ("That 3 a.m. phone call from Egypt to Obama went right to the answering machine." - Sarah Palin)
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To: Ravnagora

Must be a slow week for the mayor of Budapest


4 posted on 03/02/2011 12:46:51 PM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Ravnagora

Well, shoot. That means he won’t be able to run for president, dual citizenship and all.


5 posted on 03/02/2011 12:48:18 PM PST by brewcrew (Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid. --John Wayne)
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To: Ravnagora

He’s still dead, right?


6 posted on 03/02/2011 12:48:56 PM PST by PGR88 (Quid Hoc Ad Aeternitatem?)
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To: Ravnagora

Will he be able to vote?


7 posted on 03/02/2011 12:49:56 PM PST by beelzepug ("Don't be a wise guy, Eddie.")
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To: beelzepug

No, he is registered voter in Chicago.


8 posted on 03/02/2011 12:53:27 PM PST by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: Ravnagora
Mayor Istvan Tarlos says that Elvis will be commemorated because of his support for Hungary in the wake of the short-lived, anti-Soviet revolution of October 1956

Guys, don't belittle this. Consider the message the Hungarians are sending here.

9 posted on 03/02/2011 12:55:23 PM PST by agere_contra (Whenever a Liberal admits to something: he is covering up something far worse)
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To: PGR88
No. You're thinking of Generalissimo Francisco Franco.

Elvis is pining for the Fjords.

10 posted on 03/02/2011 12:56:02 PM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Ravnagora

1956-57 was a dark time for Hungary. Elvis understood what the Communists were about and he didn’t mind doing his part as an American.


11 posted on 03/02/2011 12:57:42 PM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: agere_contra

“Consider the message the Hungarians are sending here.”

I agree with you. It’s a real nice thing that Hungary is doing this.


12 posted on 03/02/2011 1:09:24 PM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: Ravnagora

Better Elvis than Janos Kadar.


13 posted on 03/02/2011 1:15:09 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (I see a dark cloud coming over the horizon, and its reminiscent of 1939.)
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To: agere_contra

Thank you for your wisdom. I appreciate it.


14 posted on 03/02/2011 1:23:46 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: Ravnagora

Good for Hungary...looks like they appreciate what he tried to do for their country.Not a lot of support from the USA back then

My wife is wearing a Tee I got yesterday giving blood

Image of Elvis...lettering says Rock and Roll up your sleeve


15 posted on 03/02/2011 1:25:55 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: agere_contra

Agreed. Elvis, till the end of his life, played it straight politically. He avoided being an “advocate” for one side or another, instead opting to “keep his personal political views to himself” (Madison Square Garden Press Conference, NY, 1972)

This is one of the things about Elvis that I will always admire.

How I wish the so called “stars” of today were following his lead.

There are ways for a celebrity to support his or her own causes without becoming an advocate for the phony “Politically Correct - PC crowd”.

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16 posted on 03/02/2011 1:35:09 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

I hate Elvis and I wish he were dead...


17 posted on 03/02/2011 2:36:25 PM PST by Bean Counter (Your what hurts...??)
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To: Bean Counter

Be careful what you wish for, Bean... ;)

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18 posted on 03/02/2011 2:57:20 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

Great many fans, I am sure, see Elvis often sipping coffee in one of the cafes -— just sitting there, listening to Gypsy music or Brahms’ Hungarian Dances...


19 posted on 03/02/2011 3:17:19 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: Ravnagora
Mayor Istvan Tarlos says that Elvis will be commemorated because of his support for Hungary in the wake of the short-lived, anti-Soviet revolution of October 1956.

This is a good thing. People with no sense of history are mocking this honor. So many Hungarians died during this revolution.

20 posted on 03/02/2011 4:51:28 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: WOBBLY BOB

21 posted on 03/02/2011 5:17:32 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Hungarian heritage here and I do like Elvis. Been to Graceland although that was more my late mother’s doing than mine. She loved his singing voice.


22 posted on 03/02/2011 5:31:10 PM PST by xp38
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To: xp38

Hungarian heritage here also...

Thousands of Hungarian men who revolted were so brave and died for their cause.

I met a refugee who came here to the USA and eventually was a pastor.


23 posted on 03/02/2011 5:36:12 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Ravnagora

We earlier wrote about the chance for Hungarian between 12 squares, deciding which was to be named after Elvis Presley. As all votes had arrived the winner was the square located on the Buda side of the Margaret Bridge. But, due to the fact that this location has strong connections to Poland they decided to let another place receive the name instead. Therefore the square that will be renamed after Elvis Presley is located where Ferenc Körút meets Üllői út, just in front of the Museum of Applied Arts. That means that most people coming to Budapest from the airport will meet this square on the way to town!

24 posted on 04/21/2011 9:31:17 AM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

Very cool, Xp38! Thanks for the info!

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25 posted on 04/22/2011 7:08:56 AM PDT by Ravnagora
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