Favorite Photos: Elvis on Devon Avenue?

He was one of those characters one catches out the corner of their eye. The mind reels in momentary disbelief. All too often the lament is the same, “I wish I had a damn camera!”

This time I did.

It was a bright and humid Saturday morning 2009. He was standing in front of a dark store window, his sandaled feet planted firmly as he dragged a comb slow and smooth back across his thick black hair. It was the sort of stance that I half expected he’d finish the motion of the comb and drop his arms into an air guitar pose. I wanted to see that leg move, bending outward, heel off the sidewalk and pumping rhythmically like Elvis Presley.

He didn’t. Instead, he slid the comb in his back pocket, leaned in close to the window to regard his reflection with not a small amount of supreme satisfaction one might reserve for a classic piece of sculpture. Turning up the street, he swaggered as if he own the place, bare-chested and proud of every rippling ounce of that swarthy girth.

Thankfully traffic was light that day. Usually it is tail light to front bumper through the densely populated Devon corridor between the River and Clark Street. If it had been I would  never have turned around in time before he disappeared for good. Indeed, I managed just one picture before a truck passed and the Elvis of Devon was gone.

Never saw him again after that. It was just one of those moments, one out of a million that rush past each day. Once in a while the camera is ready and the reflexes are quick enough.

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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