If a dream comes true for a pair of hard-working fans, a life-size bronze likeness of Elvis Presley may yet become another pigeon roost on the Washington scene.
Fran Shultz, 22, who works as a computer control desk opertor at the Wheaton Triangle Lanes bowling alley said, "When he died I wanted to do something worth doing for him."
A Presley fan since she was 7 years old, Shultz sat around her house with a sister and a friend on the day of his death and wondered what they could do to immortalize him.
Thes thought of a memorial service, which led to a monument, which later became a statue.
Shultz made a phone call to radio station WASH-FM and they did an interview that led Channel 5 to follow with a TV shot of her and the Presley collection she sat grieving among.
Darlene Bacatur, a 40-year-old practical nurse from Hillsdale, Md., heard about Fran Shultz's plea from a friend, called the station, got the phone number and the two made contact.
"I was prepared to just quietly mourn the death of my favorite perfomer, Elvis Presley, until I read th book Elvis: What Happened?" and I became angry. He wasn't like that," was the complaint from Bacatur.
She considered going to Memphis to talk to Vester Presley, Elvis' uncle. "He is a guard at the gate of the estate and I would like to tell him that we want a statue and to let Elv's father know that his son was well thought of."
Schultz has opened a bank account in the name of the "Presley Memorial Fund," and also has received a license to solicit funds.
Her plans to raise money are to hold raffles and offer TV set for prizes. "Even if I have to buy the set myself, I will," she said.
The fund now has $105 from contributions from maybe six or seven people. "I started it with $20 of my own," she said. "I admire Presley so much I want to do this for him because he deserves it."
Fran Shultz want the monument to be raised in Maryland and has contacted Parklawn and Fort Lincoln Gemeteries.
Norma Marlow, president of Parklawn, said "we heard her advetise on the radio and found that she planned on putting a memorial in Parklawn. Of course a piece of statuary requires a difference setting.
"We could establish a place . . . We are ready to help in a proper situation but are not ready to capitalize on it."
Albert Sunday, vice president and director of marketing at For t Lincoln Cemetery said, "The reason we called her was to find out what she planned to do.
"Any move we make in that direction has to be approved by the board of directors before a monument such as that can be erected."
A life-size statue would cost anywhere between $18,000 to $26,000 and the women say they will work hard towards this goal.
"We can't let Elvis go without a monument," is the way Fran Shultz feels.