- Mary Jenkins writes about journalists and publishers in the introduction to her book Memories beyond Graceland gates:
"... it was a real struggle to find a publisher who would allow me to write all of the beautiful, positive memories of the King as I recall them.
"It seems as though most publishers wanted a book filled with gossip and scandalous material. When I would tell them that there are no such memories of Elvis and his family for me, they would no longer be interested in publishing my book.
"I remember as if it were yesterday, how reporters would come to my house. They would be there from early in the morning until very late at nigtht, knocking at my door, wanting an interview. I was shocked at the questions about Elvis they had the nerve to ask! ... Once a reporter from the Enquirer came to my door. He said, 'Mrs Jenkins, if you just give me a story, (his story) you'll never have to work another day in your life.' I replied, 'I can only tell you all the good about Mr. Elvis all day long, but I don't know anything bad, and I am not going to make up lies about Elvis and the family just to satisfy you.' I told the other reporters the same thing, and after a while they finally gave up.
"... In 1984, I attempted once again to write a book as a special tribute to those I love. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I bought back my contract from the publisher. Only a few copies were released.
"Here it is, 1997, and thank God, I finally found a publisher that feels the same as I do. A positive tribute to Mr. Elvis and his family is long overdue! I hope you will all enjoy and treasure this book as I do. God bless you all."
Mary Jenkins was one of Elvis's true friends.