The King Is Dead. Long Live the King!
Elvis is alive and well and in . . . Herndon.
Well, why not? Saturday would have been Presley's 65th birthday, so 400 fans--including a number of Elvis impersonators--threw him a party fit for a King at Chamdo Billiards and Brewing bar.
"He was the first superstar," explained law student Bob Lunger, squeezed into the white Elvis jumpsuit his mom made 11 years ago.
"The thing about Elvis is the energy," said Frank Kyriopoulos, an Elvis mimic for the past 6 1/2 years. "He knew how to move a group and get everyone to have a good time."
No one can match the original, but these Elvis wannabes had the crowd cheering anyway. There were rhinestones, lip curling, gyrating hips and homages to every stage of Presley's career, ranging from the young "postage stamp Elvis" to "Vegas Elvis." There was even a mini Elvis: "A lady asked if I could do a wedding for her," said John Yilmaz, a midget who has been on the Elvis beat for just two months. Well, he was wearing white.
As for the singing . . . well, it was karaoke, and not quite on key, but no one complained.
Thank ya. Thank ya very much.
Shalom Does Mean Hello and Goodbye
"Every time I come here, for some reason, the government falls down," Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval said wryly of the political situation back home.
Shoval, who with his wife, Kena, above right, is finishing his second tour in Washington, was ambassador here during the Persian Gulf War and the Labor Party's upset win in 1992, and then returned 18 months ago only to witness early elections and Ehud Barak's landslide Labor victory over Binyamin Netanyahu.
The Shovals said goodbye--once again--at their art-filled residence Saturday night. The guest list swelled to more than 400 friends--liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican--including State Department Undersecretary Thomas Pickering, above left, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft and Reps. Barney Frank and Henry Waxman. "What it shows is that Shoval has a talent for friendships that crosses ideological lines," Frank said.
"This is really the consummate diplomat--everything you'd want in an ambassador: smart, honest, polished," said the American Enterprise Institute's Norm Ornstein.
Far be it from anyone to predict politics in the Mideast, but Shoval isn't ruling out a third trip back. "Stranger things have happened," he said.
For Young Collectors,It's In With the Old
Having one foot planted firmly in the year 2000 gave Saturday's Young Collectors gala at the Washington Antiques Show a better perspective of the past. "From Coal to Computer Chip: The New Golden Age Ball" raised $275,000 to benefit the Thrift Shop Charities. "The more life changes, the more the need becomes to anchor yourself in an appreciation of where you've been," said chair Margo King.
More than 350 guests at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, among them Elizabeth Stuart, above, a financial manager from Dallas, strolled among the items being shown by 45 exhibitors, examining antique books, paintings, furniture and jewelry. "If you spend your day with technology, when you go home you want to be reminded of the past," said Mark Stull, an office administrator for a law firm. With antiques, he said, "there is also the quality of touch . . . and quality finish as opposed to touching your keyboard."
A Chippendale mouse pad--now there's a concept.
CAPTION: A whole lot of Elvis impersonating goin' on: From top, Big Elvis, a k a Bob Lunger; singer Beth Allen and Blue Elvis (Lionel Ward); and John Yilmaz as Little Elvis.