Andrea Shaw and Alan Grossman, a couple of New York-based Elvis fans who are considering a future part-time residence in the Bluff City, have created the first hand-drawn map of Memphis illustrating over 100 Presley-related sites.
Ten years ago, Shaw and Grossman scored discount airfare to Memphis to visit Graceland and Sun Studio.
"We thought we could check Memphis off our list," Shaw says. But the couple kept coming back and finding more stuff to do, not all of it related to the King. Having been unable to obtain a proper guide to off-the-beaten-path Elvis sites and other non-Elvis-related landmarks, the newly minted Memphis fans decided to create one.
"Six-hundred thousand people visit Graceland every year," Shaw says, explaining why she thinks there's a real need for just such a map. "But did you know 75 million Americans want to?" she asks. "And that's just Americans." That doesn't even include all of the people in the UK, Japan, Australia, and everywhere else.
The new souvenir map is making its debut in Memphis Monday, August 12th, at an Elvis Week event hosted by A. Schwab.
The program includes a presentation by Elvis historian Sue Mack, who is leading the effort to restore Elvis' Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake.
Mapping Elvis, upstairs at A. Schwab, 163 Beale, Monday, August 12th, 5 p.m., Free