Author Edie Hand talked Tuesday about how God helped her to rediscover hope again when she wanted to give up on life a couple of years ago, and how friends have supported her through life.
She started by recounting how her grandmother and singer Elvis Presley’s grandmother were sisters, and how the grandmothers dipped snuff. “Elvis thought it was the funniest thing in the world that I would bring them black gum toothbrushes so they could clean their teeth after they took their snuff,” she said.
Hand said she got to hang out with Presley when she was 16 and he was a big star. She noted he “never stopped thanking God” that he was able to overcome a very poor childhood. She took a life lesson from Graceland about giving back.
“I was there the day he gave his yacht to Danny Thomas at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,” she said. Hand met the Thomas family and is still close friends with Thomas’ daughter, Terre, who is godmother to her son, actor Linc Hand. Hand’s son, who will marry in a few months, has starred in “42” as major league pitcher Fritz Ostermueller and has had roles in numerous TV shows. . . .