“MOUNTAIN VALLEY MINERAL WATER” BOTTLE FROM ELVIS’ PRIVATE JET THE “LISA MARIE” 1976 NMr. Ernie Martin(my father’s friend), owned a company, West Coast Instruments in Long Beach, CA and in turn was a friend of Mr. Ron Strauss.
Mr. Strauss was the co-pilot of the “Lisa Marie”.They needed an altimeter for the “Lisa Marie” and the plan was for Ernie to send it over to him while Elvis was on a short vacation at his home in Palm Springs, CA. He asked my father if I would like to deliver the equipment and maybe get to tour the plane. Palm Springs is a short 2 hour drive so I invited Cindy, her 2 sisters and mother (all visiting from Virginia for the summer in 1976) to deliver the equipment at the then Rivera Hotel just a short drive from Elvis’ Chino Drive home and minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport.
A crew member signed the invoice for the altimeter and after soft drinks in the lounge Mr. Strauss asked if we would like to tour the “Lisa Marie”? We were off to the airport. It was very hot in the plane and Mr. Strauss offered us each a bottled water(Mountain Valley Mineral Water), that was all that was in the galley refrigerator. Mr. Strauss relayed the story how Elvis came up the cockpit on a recent flight (trying to coax Elvis to fly his plane with no luck) and he noticed that one of the instruments was missing from the panel. Elvis ask why? When he was told that it measured altitude designed to register changes in atmospheric pressure. Elvis then question Mr. Strauss “isn’t that important for us to have” Mr. Strauss answered yes, he told Elvis every time it was send to the city they were in, they would be gone to the next destination.
This is what led to my visit and all I can say is the gods were with me.This is one of the seven (7) bottles of Mountain Valley Mineral Water that came directly off the Lisa Marie. Please see complete article I have written on this visit to the Lisa Marie.
THIS LOT IS FOR THE LARGER PINT BOTTLE, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE SCAN ELVIS HOLDING ONE SIMILAR.
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