Once Upon a Time I went to Graceland

While in Memphis, Tennessee in February 2006 to give a talk for the National Science Foundation, I took the occasion to visit Graceland, the home of former rock star Elvis Presley, with some colleagues.

I was impressed by the graceful and tasteful building and grounds. And I was impressed by the other visitors, most of whom were in their 20's and 30's and at how almost reverential they were. It was a bit like Graceland was a shrine.

On the left is Dr. Isaac Unah, a NSF program director who is an IPA from the University of North Carolina; Dr. Elizabeth VanderPutten; Evelyn Baisey, NSF computer specialist; and Shirley McBay, President of QEM Network in Washington D.C.