ELVIS, ME & TCB
by Frank Pace

I just saw the feature film, ELVIS, which featured a career defining performance by Austin Butler as the King. The bio unexpectedly brought back memories of Dr. George Nichopoulos.  Dr Nick served in the Army Medical Core in Germany before graduating from Vanderbilt Medical school and becoming Elvis personal doctor in 1970. The “feel-good” doctor was supplying drugs to the King of rock and roll throughout the 70’s, which contributed to Elvis’ passing on August 16,…

The Beat Goes On…

I spent one terrific Memorial Day, poolside, surrounded by my family, eating bbq and watching my two granddaughters play as if they didn’t have a care in the world because they didn’t.  So young. So innocent. So precious.  In Uvalde, Texas, however, 21 families and an entire community suffered the realities of life as we have come to know it.  Nineteen precious children and two brave teachers’ lives were snuffed out in yet another senseless…

FAME vs CELEBRITY

(The following is an excerpt from the book, IF THESE LIPS COULD TALK, by Frank Pace with Billy O’Connor) An internet meme of Howard Cosell with his arms around Bruce Jenner and O.J. Simpson reads, “Folks, I’ve just looked 50 years into the future.  You’re not gonna believe what I have to tell you.”  America’s fascination with celebrities has reached epic heights.  Hell, we elected two reality-TV stars President.  Running for President is one talent,…

HOW I HELPED CREATE AN OLYMPIC SPORT

My assistant said, “Carl Thomas is on the line.”  Carl Thomas was the Vice President of Marketing for Speedo, the country’s leading swimwear manufacturer.  Armen Keteyian and I were working as a two-man P.R. group for a small San Diego based marketing firm called The Phillips Organisation, Ltd.  (That is the correct spelling).  Speedo was our client. “Put Carl through,” I said.  It was early 1982. Carl had just gotten off a plane from Kona, Hawaii.  He…

COWBOY JOE…One of a Kind

(Excerpted in part from the book, IF THESE LIPS COULD TALK)   How did I become pals with Cowboy Joe West, the man who will set the major league record for most games umpired in baseball history (5,376) tonight (5/25) in Chicago?  The man of whom someone once said, “This is a guy who will walk into a blast furnace with two gasoline buckets, he doesn’t give a damn.”     Racquetball.  That’s right, racquetball.  You remember racquetball.  It was…

My Dinner with Don Rickles

The highlight on my career was an invitation to Don Rickles 70th birthday party. It was an incredibly star-studded event, even for Hollywood.  The guests included Frank Sinatra, Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone, Bob and Ginny Newhart, Milton Berle, Marty Scorsese and Red Buttons along with movie moguls Marvin Daly and Bob Daly. My wife and I were seated with comic Jack Carter ,his wife and noted cosmetics maven Tovah Borgnine (wife of Academy Award winner,…

Tempus Fugit or Time Flies

Time flies.  One year, I’m 19 years old and watching Artis Gilmore lead Jacksonville University to the NCAA finals, the next thing you know I look in the mirror to shave and see a 71–year old man.  We really do have to make the most of every day.  As trite as that saying may seem, nothing is promised. Two recent tragedies remind me of that adage.   The death of the 19-year-old Kentucky guard Terrace Clarke…