A little more conversation about Elvis
Area Elvis fans will have a special opportunity on Saturday, January 11, 2020, when native New Boston author Gene Wilson will hold a signing of his latest book, Elvis Presley, The People’s Star, at the New Boston Library from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Gene Wilson is a 1956 graduate of New Boston High School, and a member of the Lion’s Sports Hall of Fame. After graduating East Texas State University in Commerce with degrees in both journalism and English, and a three year stint in the US Army, Mr. Wilson was hired as the Dallas Morning News’ youngest ever sports writer, a title he held for many years. During his six years at Dallas Morning News he was also named Sportswriter of the Year. From there, Wilson took a position with Fairchild Publications, a world-wide publisher of fashion magazines, where he served as the Dallas office Bureau Chief , before founding The Wilson Company in 1980. The Wilson Company is a public relations, sports marketing and sports representation firm that has represented the likes of Tiger Woods, and NASCAR racer Steve Perry.
Mr. Wilson has also authored numerous books, including one about New Boston track star Sid Garton. He says his latest project is just as near to his heart. “I have always been an Elvis fan,” said Wilson. “I saw him first at the New Boston High School gymnasium and there were about a hundred people there. Just a few months later he put on a concert at the New Boston football field and there were about four hundred people there. That’s how fast he gained popularity.”
Wilson even met the King and shook his hand after one of his performances in New Boston at Trevor’s Drive In, when Elvis and his entourage stopped in for BLT’s and drinks. “I was so awestruck, I couldn’t even think of anything to say to him,” Wilson remembered. He went on to see Elvis in concert multiple times at venues all over the country.
Wilson says his motivation for writing a book about Elvis is simple – truth. “I wanted to get a story out about Elvis Presley that told his story truthfully,” he said. “There have been books published that only tell about his erratic behavior and his drug use, and focus on the bad times in his life. I do tell about the bad stuff, but I also tell what a polite, well-mannered, and generous person Elvis Presley was. He gave to everyone – houses, cars, you name it. And he was the most influential musician of the 20th century. He changed the music industry and the men’s fashion industry forever.”
Mr. Wilson is obviously fiercely proud of his newest work, which will be available at the book signing and can also be purchased on Amazon.
He summed it up in just one sentence, saying, “If he were alive, I bet he would say this book is okay.”