Elvis Fan Club Works to Save Dead TreeBirmingham, Alabama Landmark Scheduled for Removal
Local officials cite public safety concerns to bolster support for removal of a stand of dead ash trees on some property that was recently seized during a drug bust in suburban Birmingham, Alabama.
The land, which was found to have a large marijuana crop growing on it, is also home to a popular meeting spot for young lovers.
In addition, one of the trees scheduled to be removed has long been a pilgrimage destination for Elvis Presley
fans because of the inscriptions carved into its bark by a young King on one of his early tours of the south.
The tree in questions bears pen-knife-carved markings that have been authenticated by Elvis experts. The two inscriptions read: "Elvis + DeeDee" (an Alabama waitress who Elvis met there in 1956) and "E.P. (heart shape) B.L.T." The latter is thought to refer to the King’s well-known fondness for sandwiches.
"If the tree has to come down, we’re hoping to at least save the trunk", said Trish Dunbar
, president of the Birmingham chapter of the Elvis Fan Club, "We’re hoping that it could become a permanent display at Graceland."
City officials are willing to compromise, but because the tree in question was infected by the notorious Emerald Ash Borer
, recent environmental laws forbid it’s transport across state lines.
"Right now, we’re just looking for a barn to store it in", said Westchester County arborist Wiley Stubbs.
A.) Jesus, Elvis must have plugged every waitress from Florida to California.
B.) A B.L.T. sounds good right about now.
C.) Yeah, Elvis-style with a pound of bacon and extra mayo. Mmmmm.##