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    Posted January 16, 2014 by
    Oakland, Maryland
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    Beatlemania memories

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    I was there!


    I had the coolest Mom in the world. My sister and I had idolized the Beatles from the very first time we heard any of their music. My favorite came later....."Do You Want to  Know a Secret?" Paul's bass line was to die for. I even melted an old, plastic tabletop radio one time because I slept with it under my pillow waiting to hear it!


    We collected everything Beatles we could find.....cards, buttons, 45's, magazines. I still have each and every article that was written about them that appeared in the Baltimore Sun and News American newspapers.


    So, back to why my Mom was so cool. She took us to see the Beatles in September 1964 when they played the Baltimore Civic Center. Even better, she took us to the downtown Holiday Inn where they were staying so we could try and catch a glimpse of them before the show. Every time a curtain moved in the hotel the crowd below squealed. I'll never forget it.


    The show itself was truly a cultural phenomenon to experience. I didn't hear music hardly at all. But seeing them in the flesh is still a vision I can capture every time I think about it. The screaming girls and chaos that it brought left me awestruck. I didn't scream. Mom would have none of it, but I sure would like to have a picture of my face of the moment when I first saw them. It would probably reflect an innocence I lost long ago.


    I still have the official program from the show. The buttons, cards and 45's are long gone, but I still have the original LPs which are in surprisingly good shape, given the amount of playing time they went through. I still play them, and, to this day, fifty years later, I still consider myself to be a bonafide Beatlemanic!


    Thanks for the memories.

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