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Holly Springs pays tribute to the ‘universe, galaxy, planet, world’s’ most devoted Elvis fan

It has been said that, in the South, we don’t hide our eccentrics. We show them off.

Holly Springs reopened Graceland Too Tuesday, welcoming visitors to tour the home of the “universe’s, galaxy’s, planet’s, world’s” most devoted Elvis fan.

A homemade sign with that self-declaration inspired T-shirts sold during the daylong event “Graceland Too Forever: A Celebration of Paul MacLeod” honoring the superfan, who died July 17 at age 70 of apparent natural causes.

MacLeod was found in a chair on the porch of his home guarded by two painted lions wrapped in barbed wire and colorful beads – homage to the animals at the front of Presley’s Memphis mansion.

A small crowd gathered at noon in the sweltering Mississippi heat to tour the Elvis shrine. Inside, records and pictures of Elvis covered the walls and ceilings of every room.

Tour guides offered insight into the mind of MacLeod, who spent his life archiving every pop cultural reference of Elvis ever made. This included marking hundreds of magazines with paperclips, and handwriting detailed information on note cards affixed to the walls about television programs that merely mentioned the singer.

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