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Published on Nov 14, 2007
Over the years, honorees have included John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Orson Wells, Howard Hughes and Henry Kissinger. January 15, 1971, Elvis was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America by the national United States Junior Chamber of Commerce: better known as the Jaycees.
At the luncheon Elvis accepted the honor, at a banquet held at the Memphis Municipal Auditorium, he was reflective, misty-eyed and clearly humbled to be in the company of the nine others, who included Thomas Atkins (Boston's first black councilman) bio physicist, Dr. Mario Capecchi and cancer researcher Dr. George Todaro. Elvis had once again invited the Memphis Mafia gang and his young wife of only 2 years to join in the celebrations.