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Elvis' 80th Birthday Celebration 1-09-15

Joseph V. Sowmick - January 12, 2015


In an effort to provide bonus coverage, Team Observer joins with the Andahwod Continuing Care & Elder Services and the SCIT Human Resources Training and Development Department as they celebrate the 80th birthday of Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 17, 1977) on Friday, January 9, 2015.  Elder Community Activity Assistant Tomarrah M.J. Green confirmed that the celebration happened on what we call on the Rez, “Indian time.”

“At Andahwod, we celebrated Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday (a day late) on Friday, January 9th.  (Fellow Community Activities Assistant) Elisa Schleder was the activities person working the event that day.” Green informs.  “There was a snow storm, but we still had at least 12 elders participate.  Training Instructor John Gerhard from HR led an Elvis themed “Name that Tune”. There was an Elvis trivia quiz, as well as an Elvis favorite snack … fried pickles.”

The Andahwod Elders soundly rejected the kitchen staff serving of “peanut butter and ‘nanners” sandwiches for this year’s event.

“The HR Training Department spun some Elvis tunes for the teams to identify. The three teams were “Elvis Pelvis”, “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Blue Suede Shoes,” Gerhard said.  Of course, if they if they sang or danced, extra points were awarded. There were a lot of laughs, singing and pelvis wiggling. It was difficult to stump these astute folks who 'grew up' with The King.”

Fellow HR Training Instructors Steve Urbani was the scorekeeper and photographer and Andrew Wagner kept the trivia tunes rolling.

Elvis Presley is considered one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with estimated album sales of around 600 million units worldwide.   He was nominated for 14 competitive Grammys and won three, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.


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