Saturday, October 18, 2003

Riverboat crowd swoons over Elvis

Mark Noll of Ludlow poses as Elvis
Mark Noll hears the same thing every evening as he strolls through Tall Stacks long about 7 p.m.:

Hey look, it's Elvis. Elvis hasn't left the building, Elvis lives.

Noll, a sequined jumpsuit slung over his shoulder and his shiny black pompadour pouffed up to the high heavens, gives them a wave and an Elvisesque sneer/smile as he makes his way to the Island Queen, where he and fellow Elvis impersonator Mike Davis hold forth nightly on the sold-out (390 people) Elvis cruises.

"You wouldn't believe the reaction we're getting," Noll says. "Especially the women. They're stuffing all kinds of money down my jumpsuit. The enthusiasm, the overflow of emotion is just incredible.

"And the people, so many of them come dressed. Last night we had a 2-year-old boy in an Elvis jumpsuit dancing along with us. On another one, we had a lady in Elvis everything - cap, shirt, big buckle belt, flared pants. I'm sure she even had Elvis underwear on but I never found out. Some things are just too much information."

Jim Knippenberg

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