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An online Beatles fan club for and about Beatle fans
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  • 02/14/18--18:28: Beatles OG

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  • 02/14/18--18:51: The 2nd wive's club

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  • 02/14/18--18:54: Love on the bus

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    I watched another Beatles program on Amazon Prime recently.   It is called Brian Epstein:  Inside the Fifth Beatle.     It is a an hour long program all about one of the most overlooked people in the Beatles story-- their manager, Brian Epstein. 

    Because this documentary is from 2004 there are interviews with people that knew Brian Epstein that are no longer alive.   And while back in the day, these folks were common place at Beatle conventions and other documentaries, it was nice to see and hear their stories once again.  Alistair Taylor, Alan Williams, Sid Bernstein and many others were featured. 

    It was a nice overview of Brian's life and I appreciated that while the documentary did mention that Brian was homosexual, it didn't overly focus on that fact.   Yes, being gay was part of who Brian was, but there is so much more to him and his life than just that one thing.    I think it was handled well.

    There were several photos and video footage that was new to me in this documentary.   One particular piece of footage that I really liked was an interview with Brian in the backseat of a car.   I would love to find the full footage after seeing the brief clips.

    The film really wasn't long enough and didn't go into enough detail about Brian's life.   The movie that needs to be made about Brian Epstein has not been made yet.   However this is a good overview of his life and is especially good for those who aren't familiar with Brian or are new fans. 

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  • 02/18/18--16:05: Yoko turns 85 today!
  • With Julian at the Rock n Roll Circus in late 1968

    with her friend Andy Warhol in 1972

    With Fred Astair in 1971
    Performing in London in 1969

    Yoko Ono is a woman that needs no introduction in the Beatles community.   People have strong feelings about her one way or another.   But no matter how you personally feel, she was John Lennon's wife and he loved her very much.   It is pretty amazing that she is now 85 years old and is still seen out protesting and demonstrating for causes that she believes in.   Happy birthday Yoko!

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  • 02/18/18--16:21: Ringo the snow bunny

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  • 02/18/18--16:24: Paul in 1962

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  • 02/18/18--16:39: WABC art contest winner

  • In 1964 the New York radio station WABC held a Beatles art contest and here is a photo one of the big winners.   It looks like she did a cute drawing of Charlie Brown and the Beatles as if they were Peanuts characters.   I wish the photo was a bit clearer so we could see it.    I have always liked Charlie Brown. 

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  • 02/18/18--16:43: What can't this man do?

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  • 02/18/18--16:48: Please stand by....

  • The desktop computer that I use to work on this blog is having problems and I had to take it into a computer shop to get fixed.   It is going to take a little longer than I expected.   I am trying to update the blog using a laptop, but it isn't easy because I am so used to doing things on a different computer.  I do not have any access to my scanner, which really slows me down.

    I think it will be easiest to just put the blog on hold a few days until I get my regular computer back.  Although if I just find something that I just HAVE to share, I can try. 

    I know a lot of you look forward to this blog every day and so I hate to disappoint anyone, but I am sure you all have had computer issues at some point and can understand my frustration.

    Peace and Love!

    Sara S.

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  • 02/20/18--16:39: Arriving in India in 1968

  • John, Cynthia, George, Pattie, and Jenny all arrived in India before Paul and Jane. 

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  • 02/20/18--16:48: Pretty as a picture

  • Is the little girl in this photo Heather?   The photo is faded and I just can't tell.  But if it isn't Heather, then who else could it be?

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  • 02/20/18--16:54: Backstage photo ops

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  • 02/20/18--17:01: John and Yoko with Tommy

  • This blog has been amazing in reconnecting Beatle friends over the years.   Let's see if we can do it again!    This photo of John and Yoko (and it looks like John has a cake in his hand -- he and Yoko used to walk to a bakery and John would get chocolate cake from time to time) and a fan was taken in August of 1980.     The fan's name is Tommy Enright from Liverpool, England.      Tommy spent some time with a penpal in Connecticut in August of 1980 and they were able to meet John and Yoko a few times during his visit.    His old penpal is looking for Tommy.     Surely Tommy is out there somewhere -- maybe you know him and can help reconnect him with the woman that helped him get this photograph taken.      Here is her message:

    I know the guy on this photo with John. He was a pen-pal of mine from Liverpool in the late 70’s/ early 80’s. His name is Tommy Enright. He was here in the States when this was taken. He came to stay at my house shortly after and we went back to NYC and saw John together with some other friends. I have been trying to relocate him since around 1981. We lost touch after John’s death. He was from Garston in Liverpool. Does anyone know him ? I would love to reconnect with him. I have a copy of this photo as well as photos of the day we met John together. It was in August 1980 at the Hit Factory. Would appreciate everyone’s help in relocating him. Someone out there must know him.

    To add a little more mystery to this --   this photograph was seen in an obscure newspaper in Australia   How did they get a copy?    Did Tommy move to Australia?   Does he have family or friends in Australia?   

    Leave a comment below if you know Tommy.   And if you don't----well then be like me and just enjoy the photograph.   

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  • 02/21/18--16:41: Mist in the glen

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  • 02/21/18--16:56: The ketchup botton photos

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  • 02/21/18--17:02: SOS

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  • 02/21/18--17:06: Sharing the guitar

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    Wednesday Review tonight is right in time for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in India.   The book I am reviewing is With the Beatles by Lewis Lapham.    The author was hired to write about transcendental meditation and the Beatles involvement with the Maharishi for the Saturday Evening Post.   First, he went to New York and then to California to study and understand TM and have the background information needed to travel to Rishikesh and meet the Maharishi.

    This is an extremely small and short book.    Since it just focuses on the experiences of the author during two months of his life, there isn't a lot of unneeded background information.   However, about half of the book is dedicated to explaining what the author learned about TM and then explaining what it was like at the Ashram.

    Lapham was one of the few journalists allowed inside the camp and he got to talk to Maharishi.   He really made the guru look like a money-hungry, fame-hungry man that took advantage of the Beatles and other celebrities involved in what he had to offer.       The Beatles were put on a pedestal and he gushed over everything they had to say or do.   He offered them private meditation sessions and didn't allow the press to talk to them.

     However, Lapham did converse some with the Beatles because the guys would occasionally go out into the commons area.    He didn't have any deep talks with them or hear any music being made, but he did get to chat with them a little about things.    His observations were really good -- especially about how Cynthia looked really sad the entire time.      He was even present during George's birthday party and explained some of the confusion in the photos from that day.

    Lapham left with Ringo and Maureen after 10 days and traveled the 8-hour drive into the city with Ringo and has some good memories of that trip.

    This was far from being the best Beatles book out there, but it was a quick read and was especially interesting to read right now -  50 years after the fact.   I think it is a must-have for anyone that wants to learn more about the Maharishi and the Beatles time in India.

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  • 02/22/18--19:40: Apple announcement
  • Photo by Leslie Samuels 

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  • 02/22/18--19:45: The arrival

  • It always throws me when the Beatles arrive and there aren't a bunch of people crowding around the plane to see them.   Why only the one photographer and one police?

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  • 02/22/18--19:49: Row Row Row your boat

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  • 02/22/18--19:56: The little musician

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  • 02/22/18--20:00: Through the gates

  • When the Beatles first arrived in Rishikesh, they would travel down a pathway that was easy to see from outside of the camp.    There was a ton of photographers and reporters just waiting for them to walk along on that pathway and snap photos and try to get their attention.    There is some video footage of this as well as these snapshots.     Eventually everyone caught on and started using a different path.