Gone but Not Forgotten

Denver's Carol Downey keeps Elvis's flame alive.

Downey's most visible Elvis souvenir is her car's "ELVIS" license plates. She's had the plates since 1983, when an Aurora man who claimed to own one of Elvis's cars surrendered the rights to them. "I knew he was keeping them for money," Downey declares, "and that he'd give it up some day." In the thirteen years she's had them, the plates have been stolen several times, most recently by an eight-year-old elementary school student. "He said he wasn't an Elvis fan," Downey reveals. "I think maybe he was but didn't know it."

Today Downey works as a waitress at a Lakewood restaurant--and her love of Elvis runs as deep as ever. "I just think he's great," she says. "He was good-looking, he could sing and dance and move, he was kind and gentle. And good." And while she's quick to admit that she's one of Elvis's biggest enthusiasts, she knows she's not alone. Quite the contrary.

"There are," she notes, "millions of people like me.

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