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Pen Pals' Love for Elvis Turns into a 50-Year Friendship

September 17, 2012

photograph by Craig Schreiner/Wisconsin State Journal, AP

Despite being half a world away from each other and living two very different lives, two women who shared a common interest in the king, still remain friends today. Two Elvis fans and pen pals of over 50 years share their story in a new article on

Sandy Wise of Wisconsin and Ester Blajer of Argentina first met through the magazine "Movieland and TV Time" in 1962. At the time, Ester had only heard Elvis on the radio and was thrilled once she saw colored photographs of the king. Ester submitted her information to be a pen pal.

"I remember thinking, 'Argentina! How exciting,'" said Sandy.

With hundreds of letters and multiple trips across seas, the friendship, deep rooted in a love for Elvis Presley, has survived life's challenges and technology. Letters soon turned into emails and trips to see each other turned into trips together to see Graceland.

According to the article, "Over time, Ester and Sandy went from pen pals to friends. Today, it's more than that. They call themselves soul sisters and consider each other family."

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