Remembering Jack Lord

Elvis: Fan Turned Friend

Elvis Presley raised funds to help build the Arizona Memorial.
He held a concert that raised $64,000, more than 10 percent of the needed funds.
He was only 26 years old at the time. (Webmaster)

Elvis Presley was a huge fan of Steve McGarrett -- and of Jack Lord. While in Honolulu for the Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii concert in 1973, Elvis called Jack and asked to stop by for a visit. Of course, Jack and Marie invited him to come. Elvis did not arrive alone; instead, his entourage was with him. After all, who would want to sit back at the hotel when they could be meeting Jack? No one!

Read about how Jack met Elvis in the words of a true Elvis fan on these Web pages:

"Jack Lord and Elvis Presley"

"Jack Lord's Special Memory of Elvis" 

"Jack Lord Meets Elvis Presley, January 14, 1973 by Charlie Hodge.

Hear Elvis introduce Jack.  Elvis Presley Aloha From Hawaii (counter number 48:32):

One of my favorite actors is in the audience, Jack Lord. I gotta say that, you know, "Hawaii Five-0."

Elvis: Aloha From Hawai'i aired on PBS in August 2013; however, it was heavily edited. Missing was Elvis' introducing Jack in the audience. Such a disappointment. As a part of fundraising, they were offering a DVD of the concert as shown tonight and a CD that they claimed was the complete concert. Hopefully, it includes the introduction.

After the Honolulu performance, Elvis gave Jack a Walther PPK. It sold at auction in 2007.

After the Las Vegas opening performance, Elvis gave Jack a 1953 Martin 00-21 acoustic guitar. It currently is valued at between $45,000 and $75,000 at auction. An affidavit and certificate of authenticity were given by Joe Esposito, Elvis Presley's road manager, for the auction of the Martin guitar.

Elvis died on August 16, 1977. That was Marie's 72nd birthday.

Mahalo nui loa to Celticswan for locating this information.

A Letter from Graceland

On November 5, 1984, Todd Morgan of Elvis' team wrote a letter to Jack, asking if he could provide information about gifts that Jack and Elvis exchanged during their friendship. Elvis had passed on, and the people at Graceland, Elvis' home, were trying to identify and authenticate items in the house. Included were the banjo, which Jack had presented to Elvis in 1973, when Elvis had visited in Jack's home, and the belt, which Elvis had presented to Marie after his Las Vegas performance, also in 1973.