While I was in a store recently, the cover of the Rolling Stone caught my eye. Was it really 40 years ago that the Fab Four changed the face of music and the Baby Boom generation forever?
I was so young when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show that I know I watched it, but I don't remember it. What's to remember beside the hair flopping/tossing from side to side and the screams of the audience. Hey, maybe I do remember it!
I had Beatle Mania, that is certain. Ask my mother. She certainly dreaded taking me shopping because I distinctly remember begging her to buy a 16 magazine for me. Alas, she would not do it. I must have been 10 or 11, too old to throw a tantrum, but old enough to never forget it.
Something else I will never ever forget nor forgive her for happened in 1976. I was away from home by that time, doing something frivolously called attending college at Murray State University. Mom and Dad sold the two homes we owned on Kilmer Dr., one being my Nana's house (she passed away in 1972) which we rented out. With the proceeds they bought a much larger home in another part of town.
I was told to come home and go through all my stuff, because if I didn't it was going to go on the curb. I grew up in that house. I had a lot of accumulated junk there (as you all can well imagine knowing that I can barely throw anything away). I didn't believe my Mother had it in her to do such a vile thing to me...
Well she did, and the one precious item that I will miss forever and ever is my collection of Beatle cards. I had all of them, the early black and white to the more modern color treasures. I had them all stacked in a metal purse with mother-of-pearl inlaid top from my 1964 Easter outfit. Gone.
Later on in life, sometime in the 1980's, Mom purchased a biography of Paul McCartney for me, autographed by the author. She gave it to me for Christmas that year. But it was what was inside that astonished me. Somehow, somewhere she had found the above Beatle Card of George Harrison, my favorite Beatle, and slipped it into the book.
My most beloved Christmas gift.