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Time Capsule: The Star and Elvis get a young girl in trouble, 1956

The Star

This photo from The Kansas City Star on May 25, 1956 shows Laura Willard’s mother in the front row.
This photo from The Kansas City Star on May 25, 1956 shows Laura Willard’s mother in the front row.

May 25, 1956: An Elvis Presley fan is foiled

Reader Laura Willard shares a cherished family story that might sound like a tall tale — but there really is a historical photo to back it up. From Laura:

(My mother) snuck out of her mom and dad’s house when she was a young teenager and took a bus across the state line, all so she could go to an Elvis Presley concert that she was forbidden to attend. The story that was passed down to us children and grandchildren is that she thought she got away with it till she woke up the next morning with the morning paper on her plate, with her on the front page, instead of breakfast.

Laura found the clipping here, and showed it to her uncle, who remembered it clearly and picked her mother out in the crowd. Because The Star was an evening paper at the time, the photo ran at the top of the front page of The Kansas City Times, which was labeled as “The Morning Kansas City Star.”

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