They lined up at the Old Towne Mall in Torrance to see what is reverently referred to as "His Last Jump Suit," a powder-blue creation trimmed in silver embroidery, polished silver studs and a 6-inch-wide belt.
The $3,500 custom-made jump suit, one of about 100 of Elvis Presley's belongings that were on exhibit at the mall, unfortunately didn't fit the "King of Rock 'n' Roll." He had gained a good deal of weight since the original fitting, said Jimmy Velvet, president of the company that, with the blessing of the singer's estate, operates Presley museums in Memphis, Nashville, Orlando and Honolulu.
A matching jump suit, in a larger size, was being made for Presley when he died Aug. 16, 1977.
This is the fourth year that the Elvis Presley Museum's array of memorabilia has been on tour, and hundreds of thousands of fans nationwide have attended the show, Velvet said. The exhibit at the mall closed Monday.
Although it has been nearly 11 years since Presley's death, Velvet still wears a pendant that marks him as one of Presley's inner circle. The pendant bears the initials TCB, which Velvet says stands for "Taking Care of Business" and was designed by Elvis. It identified friends and staff who were to be admitted backstage.