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E lvis is everywhere! That's not just a great song by Mojo Nixon. It also happens to be true (look in the mirror -- he's in your hair). And this issue of Weekly Wire proves it. We've hidden a variety of Elvis articles throughout, and it's your job to find them. The prize? A brand-new Cadillac. No, actually the prize is the pleasure of reading about the King. Who needs more?

O ne of those pleasurable articles revolves around a 1977 myth-making incident in which Jerry Lee Lewis showed up at Graceland drunk, demanding to see his old friend from the glory days. No one knows the truth about what really happened that night, as the author's "Rashomon effect" style report reveals. Like I said: the stuff of myths.

P erhaps not so mythical but no less vexing is this article about a much-despised Austin TV reporter whose belligerence has reached legendary proportions. That same he-said, she-said "Rashomon effect" is in effect here, making for quite compelling reading -- so long as the reporter doesn't try to get a job in your town. Then it's fearsome.

B ut for a real taste of fear, try out this exquisitely written story about what happened when unknowing soldiers were subjected to a 1953 nuclear blast in the Nevada desert. Years later, the government still drags its feet in responding to the cancers and genetic problems faced by the victims of these "tests." Or, for a less disturbing view of the desert, try this article about the otherworldly Willcox Playa in Arizona. It's a 50-square-mile no-man's land where military tests are no match for the stunning, some even say mystical, power of the desert's mirages.

Y ou'll find plenty of other great reading here, covering a variety of intriguing topics. Are conspiracy buffs and other groups on to something, or just plain nuts? Should Buddhism be given full tax-exempt religious status? Does an increase in minimum wage help the economy, or damage it? Was it proper for a newspaper to run a gruesome photogaph of the Jerusalem bombings? Ought the Apple/Microsoft deal be considered a positive step? The answers may seem obvious to you, but they're certainly not to everybody, otherwise these wouldn't be stories.

F ortunately there's one thing we can always agree upon no matter what -- Elvis is everywhere. Keep checking your hair in the mirror, keep reading Weekly Wire, and in times of distress always remember to cheer yourself up with the King's magical words: brand-new Cadillac.

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From The Vaults

Flights Of Fancy
As Arizona Governor J. Fife Symington III pulls a UFO hoax in Phoenix, a group of skeptics in Tucson still can't explain Arizona's mysterious lights. [07-02-97]
Jim Nintzel

Volume I, Issue 10
August 11 - August 18, 1997

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Ground Zero
Lamond Davis reflects on 44 years of pain and suffering brought on by the government's atomic bomb testing in Nevada. [2]
Steve Law

On The Playa
In that vast blank space near Willcox, the bizarre is commonplace. [3]
Leo Banks

The New MeX-Files
Bigfoots, UFOs and Chupacabras. Oh, my! [4]
Devin D. O'Leary

Sin Buddhism
Zen Buddhism looks like a religion, walks like a religion, and talks like a religion -- but according to Comptroller John Sharp, it can't be tax-exempt like a religion. [5]
Kevin Fullerton

TV Terrorist
Gabe Caggiano was either Austin television's biggest jerk or one of its most aggressive reporters -- but now, the former KTBC reporter is out of a job. [6]
Lee Nichols

Get on the Bus
ACORN "Tour of Shame" exposes poverty-wage payers with big city tax breaks. [7]
Jessica English

Thin Line
Media criticism from our esteemed publisher. [8]
Christopher Johnson

Why Save Apple?
The computer giant is on life support. Should we pull the plug? [9]
David O. Dabney

Smilin' & Dialin'
Send in yah twenny five dollah donation, folks, them Rangers an' them chillrun countin' on y'all! [10]
Tom Aiken

Dial "M" for Money
A new state law puts the brakes on telemarketers raking in big profits under the cloak of police charity organizations. [11]
Amy Smith

Odds & Ends
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside. [12]
Devin D. O'Leary

Perfectly Normal
A journalist's personal compendium of Elvis sightings and takes on the life and times. [13]
Jackson Baker

Where Were You?
Memphians remember where they were when they found out the King had died. [14]

Is Elvis Cool?
Two Flyer columnists debate the essence of the E-Factor. [15]
Susan Ellis and Jim Hanas

Haunted By The King
Wherever you go, there's Elvis. [16]
Paul Gerald

Clash of the Titans
The night the Killer visted Graceland. [17]
Matt Hanks

Now What?
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present. [18]

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