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Re-naming MEM After Elvis (?)  
User currently offlineSaabFA71 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 94 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

Would there ever be the possibility of having MEM re-named after Elvis Presley? The practice of re-naming airports after hometown celebrities is not uncommon. And Elvis was from Memphis and his famous Graceland mansion is there which draws in millions of visitors a year, which means revenue for MEM. Has this ever been considered?

Other airports named after local celebrities (including politicians)
IAH - George Bush Intercontinental Airport
MSY - Louis Armstrong Int'l Airport
GRR - Gerald Ford Int'l Airport
SNA - John Wayne Airport


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25999 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

Another suggestion would be to name it for Fred Smith, the founder and still chairman/president/CEO of FedEx. I expect FedEx has had a bigger impact on the MEM economy (and airport) than Elvis.

User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1):
Another suggestion would be to name it for Fred Smith

Fred who? Never heard of him, while Elvis Presley is probably the second most famous person in the world only after Jesus. So I'll go with Elvis! I bet it's going to happen sooner or later as MEM doesn't have a name yet.

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User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10654 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

Quoting SaabFA71 (Thread starter):
And Elvis was from Memphis

Actually, I believe Elvis was from Tupelo, MS  



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7959 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

Quoting mayor (Reply 3):
Actually, I believe Elvis was from Tupelo, MS

So Tupelo "Elvis Presley" Regional Airport then  



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User currently onlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9739 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Tupelo is a bad idea, they have a scrapyard there which also received some LH 747s recently.

Not fit for the King at all.

Fred Smith is a good idea, he changed air freight as much as the Albrecht Borthers and Aldi changed retail, or Ingvar Kamprad of Ikea, same category.

If the city fathers connot decide on Elvis, an alternate would be "Sam Philips International Airport", that would include a number of the greates names in Rock and Rock-a-Billy.



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User currently offlineoldeuropean From Germany, joined May 2005, 2091 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

Elvis?

Saw him yesterday at the grocery store. Sad ... what a swollen face. All these pills ... well, he cuts a sorry figure.

If I see him the next time, I'll ask him if it would be OK for him.

  

[Edited 2012-09-10 23:51:09]


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User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1916 times:

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Did you miss the last flight?
Are you sorry we misrouted your bags?
Does your memory stray to a brighter sunny day?
When the seats were wide and further apart?
Do the chairs in the terminal seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at the airbridge and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain? Shall I come back again?
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Why not, Liverpool Airport was named after John Lennon.

Wichita could be named after Joe Walsh


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1841 times:

Quoting SaabFA71 (Thread starter):


Probably not a bad idea. Memphis could certainly use a boost in tourism. Just imagine if Delta has a Blue Suede Shoes lounge.  
Would the terminal offer lots of deep fried food choices?

Tom Bradley terminal at LAX named after their former mayor was originally from Calvert, Texas.

I just realized that Memphis has a TON of famous people from there including Otis Redding, Issac Hayes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jay Reatard, Ike Turner, Maurice White and many others.

Quoting oldeuropean (Reply 6):
Elvis?

Saw him yesterday at the grocery store. Sad ... what a swollen face. All these pills ... well, he cuts a sorry figure.

If I see him the next time, I'll ask him if it would be OK for him.



Here is the most recent Elvis sighting caught on film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iA-HC-tAKU



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User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4414 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1):

Another suggestion would be to name it for Fred Smith, the founder and still chairman/president/CEO of FedEx. I expect FedEx has had a bigger impact on the MEM economy (and airport) than Elvis.

Elvis is a public icon to many. Fred Smith who I had never heard of until this thread is not. Even my grandfather, who is 91 knows who Elvis is but Fred Smith is way too obscure.

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 2):
Fred who? Never heard of him, while Elvis Presley is probably the second most famous person in the world only after Jesus. So I'll go with Elvis! I bet it's going to happen sooner or later as MEM doesn't have a name yet.

Don't you mean the Beatles, than Jesus, then Elvis?



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 2):
Elvis Presley is probably the second most famous person in the world only after Jesus.

Yep, down here in the South when you mention "The King", you have to specify whether you're referring to Richard Petty, Elvis Presley, or Jesus.

Quoting mayor (Reply 3):
Quoting SaabFA71 (Thread starter):
And Elvis was from Memphis

Actually, I believe Elvis was from Tupelo, MS

He was indeed.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 4):
So Tupelo "Elvis Presley" Regional Airport then

Why not? Tupelo is where Elvis was born, and here in the South that's what counts. For example if someone was born in Montgomery, moved to Mobile when they were a year old, and lived to be a hundred without ever leaving Mobile again their obituary would still read "A resident of Mobile for the past 99 years, so-in-so was a native of Montgomery".

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 5):
If the city fathers connot decide on Elvis, an alternate would be "Sam Philips International Airport", that would include a number of the greates names in Rock and Rock-a-Billy.

"Sam Philips International Airport" would seem more appropriate to me, too.



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User currently offlineSaabFA71 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1482 times:

Good suggestions, folks! Sounds like Elvis is the favorite to re-name MEM. Lets see it happen!


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User currently offlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 999 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Quoting n729pa (Reply 7):
Are you cancelled tonight?
Did you miss the last flight?
Are you sorry we misrouted your bags?
Does your memory stray to a brighter sunny day?
When the seats were wide and further apart?
Do the chairs in the terminal seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at the airbridge and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain? Shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you on Delta tonight?

brilliant!

There are literally dozens or hundreds of examples, usally politicians.

(discussed before, see: Airports With Names of Politicians (by Evanbu May 26 2009 in Civil Aviation))

Entertainers or other notables are more rare.


User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

I remember something about renaming something in Memphis in the first few months after Elvis died. I could be wrong, but my memory is that his family did not want to do so, and that the company which owns licensing of his name also had issues over how they would use his name.

User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

Well they did rename U.S. 51 Elvis Presley Blvd years ago....

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