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Jimmy Velvet Elvis's friend of twenty two years and the Founder and original President and CEO of the world famous Elvis Presley Museum all those years ago.
Jimmy was known as "The Godfather of memorabilia" as quoted in Rolling Stone Magazine.
Jimmy first met Elvis in May 1955 when Jimmy was just 15 and 7 months old and Elvis was 20 in Jacksonville Florida.
Jimmy's substitute English teacher was Mae Axton at Jimmy's school Paxton High, she went on to write Heartbreak Hotel, she was also a show promoter, she brought the Hank Snow Show to the Gator Bowl, that's where Jimmy first met Elvis in May 1955.
Jimmy who was also very close to Vernon Presley and the Presley family. He was never on the payroll, just a true friend. After Elvis' passing Jimmy came up with the idea of his Elvis Presley Museum, Vernon thought it was a wonderful idea and gave Jimmy his blessing.
It all began on June 1st 1978 when Jimmy Velvet opened the Elvis Presley Museum across the road from Graceland. The Elvis Presley Museum was the only museum licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises inc. and "Graceland" the estate of Elvis Presley. Jimmy opened his museum four years before Graceland opened its doors to the public.
Jimmy who owned and was President of the Elvis Presley Museum had amassed the largest authentic collection of artifacts owned by Elvis Presley in the world.
I will always be grateful to Jimmy for his love and kindness he has shown me, Jimmy has been like a father to me and has always treated me like a son. Jimmy is truly a great man, very humble, kind and i love him dearly.
I will also always be grateful to Jimmy for all his help in allowing me to obtain extremely rare, personal historical irreplaceable one of a kind items. Jimmy received many items directly from Elvis during their twenty two year friendship.
I will also always be grateful to Jimmy for officially passing his intellectual property rights, with full rights which include all those incredible copyrights to me which i now own, it was a extremely humbling experience for me as i know what they mean to Jimmy.
During that four year period after Elvis' passing around late 1977-1982 before Graceland opened its doors to the public so many historical, private and personal family items from Elvis' Graceland, Hillcrest and Monovale homes belonging to Elvis over his lifetime were sold to Jimmy from Elvis' close family and friends, by the time Graceland realized what was happening it was just too late, so many precious items were gone. Im just so grateful that i now own a large amount of them.
Very many people in that early period just did not think that there would be that much interest in Elvis after a year or two of his death, How very, very wrong they were.
Many years ago in one of the many long letters Jimmy wrote to me, Jimmy wrote....."As I bring this letter to a close, I look back in disbelief when I think of how many fabulous entertainment artifacts I have been honored to own. It's been quite a life for a mere farm boy as I've watched the world of collecting take on so many different facets from when I first started out 40 years ago. The pace is so fast now! As in Ecclesiastes 3, there is a season for everything in life and my season in the world of collecting entertainment memorabilia and artifacts is coming into a new season, a changing of the guard if you will. So Daniel, I pass the baton into your hands as you continue working your museum to a high standard of keeping Elvis' legacy alive with the honesty and integrity I've seen in you since we first met.
I will still be around to consult, appraise and attend speaking engagements so if you need help with anything I will be happy to assist you in any way that I can.
I wish you all of God's richest blessings on your endeavor.
(Hand signed) Jimmy."
...............I felt extremely humbled by these words.
Now Jimmy has handed the baton over to me I will continue with Jimmy's legacy, values, dignity and integrity.
Enjoy the Museum
Daniel Johnson, President and CEO
Jimmy Velvet, Founder
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