*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.
Almost everyone has some sort of entertainment that appeals to their tastes. Some like sports and others like music, books, theatre, and so on. In Evansville, there are a plethora of entertainment opportunities to explore and discover! Those chances allow us to see what we like and dislike. In the end, Evansville has been a hub for various kinds of entertainment: from the music world to the square circle of wrestling!
John Denver stated, “Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.” Evansville native, Larry Aiken, seemed to believe that and followed that passion into the music industry. Aiken was a well-known radio and television personality in Evansville. He also was a businessman and created his own entertainment and promotion business. A large majority of his collection relates to the entertainment industry here in Evansville.
In 1957, Aiken received a personal telegram from “the King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley. Due to time constraints, Elvis was not able to be on Aiken’s program and apologizes; however, Elvis wishes on him the best with his career.