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8 November 2013
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I know there's already a thread specifically for members who've met the band, but I've been meaning to start a topic to link to blogs or websites I come across about great fan encounters.

The Examiner has an interview with Cindy Coffin, a woman who met all four Beatles, and had several amazing encounters with Paul during the '70s. She started a blog that's as much about the friendship she shared with three other fans as it is about meeting the Fabs. I've read all the posts she has so far, and she's an engaging storyteller.

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8 December 2013
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A sweet John encounter posted by The Examiner on this sad anniversary:

“They came towards me and I froze. I couldn't speak, I was in shock. John says 'Hello.' All I could manage was a meek sounding 'hi' (and) nothing more. So he paused and said, 'Goodbye.' Hello, goodbye' as they walked away I snapped this photo, then cried tears of joy.

More at the link.

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16 December 2013
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Posted at The Examiner:

Livia Edwords got an early Christmas present from Paul McCartney, she told Beatles Examiner Dec. 15. Through his company, MPL Communications Ltd., she received :The Love We Make” DVD, the “Band on the Run Archive Edition,” a copy of “NEW” and the “Live Kisses” DVD for two appearances she made in his music video and documentary.

Livia had her arm signed by Paul during this past year's Outside Lands festival in San Francisco and that prompted two appearances in McCartney films.

“So y'know how Paul McCartney featured me in his music video and his documentary for 'NEW'? Well, technically, nobody asked permission to use my image in this stuff," she said on Facebook. "A disclaimer at the end of the documentary said they "attempted to find the persons featured". So in an effort to make everything all good, I emailed MPL and gave them permission to use my image.”

“In the lyric video for 'NEW,' there's video of me meeting him on stage,” she told us. And “in the 'Something NEW' documentary, Paul is talking about how he understands what it's like to meet someone you admire so he empathizes with the fans and there's more footage of me meeting him shown.”

"Christmas came early this year!!!,” she said.

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16 December 2013
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Meet the Beatles for Real posted a series of photos over the weekend from a fan convention in 1963:

One of my all time favorite fan meeting moments occurred 50 years ago today!   That is of course the fan club convention held at the Wimbledon Palais on December 14, 1963.   I love how the Beatle sat there and signed autographs, allowed fans to touch their hair, posed for photos, and gave kisses to the girls in the fan club.   They say that 3,000 fans got to meet the Beatles that day, but it might have been slightly smaller because it was also said that some girls from the front of the line got back in the line and met them a second time!    After the meet and greet session, the Beatles held a concert for those fans.   What a day that must have been for those fan club members!   And what a truly amazing occurrence the Beatles had.   Today something like that would cost thousand upon thousand of dollars.  

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23 December 2013
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Meet the Beatles for Real is looking for certain famous first-generation fans to interview for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the US arrival. The list is pretty fascinating:

Beverly Rubin (nee Markowitz) --girl who snipped Ringo's hair in D.C. at the embassy party
Debbie Waugh (nee Fyall) – the girl who poses for photos with 3 of  the Beatles in NYC
Kathy Fay -- at the Washington D.C. concert
Debbie Levitt -- was waiting for the Beatles at JFK
Annette Joseph Walker -- was at JFK and at the Plaza when the Beatles wer there
June Harvey -- was in the audience of the Ed Sullivan show
Linda Binns Liles -- girl who was talking to Ringo on the train to D.C.
Eileen Harntett — girl who was photographed injured outside of the Plaza hotel
Barbara Turchin (married name might be Grossman) -- one of the girls photographed with Ringo on the beach in Miami
Carol Olesky (married name might be Marks) -- the other girl photographed with Ringo on the beach in Miami

 

[a shorter version was x-posted at the news thread]

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24 December 2013
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^^Aw, where's the girl who was Paul's "guitar" in the "Another Girl" sequence from HELP!, whose boob he accidentally brushed? His reaction is the funniest WHOOPS face ever.

14 January 2014
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Interview with Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease, the Apple Scruffs who sang on "Across The Universe":

 

 

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1 February 2014
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Examiner interview with Jere Hester, author of Raising a Beatle Baby, plus promotional video. Terrific story of how his daughter met Paul:

Q: How did your daughter meet Paul McCartney?
Jere Hester: “In October 2005, shortly after we took Charles (Rosenay's) 'Magical History Tour,' he tipped our group that Paul would be signing copies of his (then) new children's book, 'High in the Clouds' at the Barnes & Noble at Rockefeller Center. The night before the signing, after finishing a long shift at the New York Daily News where I was the city editor at the time, I decided to go sleep on the sidewalk and save a place for my wife, Theresa, and our daughter, Ella, then 8 and a Beatle Baby from birth.

"Well, I should have known better. The sidewalk was jammed with fans, some of whom had been camping out for a couple of days. Defeated, I went home to Theresa who suggested we pull Ella out of school the next afternoon and just stand outside the store – who knew, maybe she'd get a glimpse of him. We got into the store before lockdown, and bought Ella a copy of the book, which she promptly began reading. She caught the eye of Paul's publicists who apparently noticed that for the huge crowd outside and inside the store for the signing of a children's book, there weren't any kids around – save for one.

“They approached and asked if Ella want to meet Paul. She immediately began shaking and sobbing like a teen girl out of 'A Hard Day's Night.' She shook her head no – she was awed and terrified at the thought of meeting her idol. They told us to give a shout if she changed her mind. Theresa and I told Ella, basically, that you only regret the things you don't do in life, and, over the course a few agonizing minutes calmed her down, until her 'no' became, well, a 'yeah, yeah, yeah.' Ella was escorted to the front of the line and put in front of the New York press corps -- 50 strong. Paul came in, and joked with her -- when he shook her hand, he wouldn't let go and kept saying in mock exasperation, 'Let go! Let go!' They talked briefly about the book and our trip to Liverpool. Theresa and I both got to shake his hand and thank him for being a part of our lives.

“When it was all over, we were, of course, ecstatic. Then I had a moment of panic -- my daughter was the photo-op for the event and her image would be everywhere, including, potentially, the competition. I called my boss and explained the delicate situation. He said, 'We'll they've all got the picture – we've got the story.' So we rushed to the newsroom and helped Ella craft a first-person piece. Photos of Ella and Paul, and her story got picked up all over the world.

“The kicker is a couple days later a photographer pal shooting the next stop on Paul's tour told Paul's publicist, Stuart Bell, that he knew Ella. 'Tell Ella Paul loved her story,' Stuart told my friend. I tell it better in the book, of course, but it still gives me chills to even think about it.”

 

[shorter version x-posted to the new books thread]

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8 February 2014
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New York Times story on the grandson of Ed Sullivan, Vincent Precht, who met them in Miami.

[x-posted at the Ed Sullivan 50th thread]

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12 February 2014
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From Meet the Beatles for Real: I love this story of a little girl meeting Ringo on the train to DC.

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16 February 2014
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Rolling Stone article on the Apple Scruffs by the author of a new novel, She's Leaving Home.

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16 February 2014
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Not a face-to-face fan encounter, but the story of a fan who got a shout-out in Starting Over.

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20 February 2014
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Fascinating story at Meet the Beatles for Real of a 13-year-old American girl who ran away from home to meet the Beatles, and George Martin's role in the story. Her collection of autographs, photos, articles and ticket stub are being sold for $60,000.

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20 February 2014
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Quite something to run away from home and get to meet the Beatles. Its wrong to say good on her considering the heartache she caused her family but its a memory and experience that never fades.

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20 February 2014
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Quite something to run away from home and get to meet the Beatles. Its wrong to say good on her considering the heartache she caused her family but its a memory and experience that never fades.

Yeah, it was kind of worth it, but it feels terrible to say. I'm surprised her mother didn't make "not meeting the Beatles" part of the grounding, because I'm pretty sure my parents would have. But she probably knew she would have just run away again.

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20 February 2014
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The Examiner has an interview with Cindy Coffin, a woman who met all four Beatles, and had several amazing encounters with Paul during the '70s. She started a blog that's as much about the friendship she shared with three other fans as it is about meeting the Fabs. I've read all the posts she has so far, and she's an engaging storyteller.

I just had a chance to catch up on this blog. The December update is a sad, sweet tribute to one of the friends in the circle who has passed on, Evy. It turns out Evy is the fan who once had the honor of Paul ripping her own replica "joker jacket" off her back:

From the Paul McCartney biography, Many Years From Now by Barry Miles:

"PAUL: One of my sixties memories is about a fan in the street. I ran up to her and pulled her jacket off and said "That's my jacket!" because we'd had a burglary and it was like one of mine. But it actually wasn't mine, there were more in the shop and she'd bought one. She said, "It's the wrong size, it's mine." So "Oh, God, I'm sorry, I'm sorry!" Put her down. And I was talking about it to Neil Aspinall years later and I said, "We jumped out of the taxi and I grabbed her," and he said "Yeah"…."

Now Paul doesn't know it, but that's Evy he's speaking about. The jacket was the very unique blue and green one that he can be seen wearing in many photos from around 1967 or '68. Evy's sister made one for her to look exactly like the jacket Paul had (Evy didn't buy it in a shop), and he did try to take it off her, as he relates in his story. She wore the jacket a lot in the hopes he would see her in it and start a conversation. She always laughed at how that strategy turned out, with him shaking it off her instead. It was a great story. The jacket also looked amazing against her long red hair, which was just the right shade to complement it. That hair was like her trademark, everyone remembered her because of it.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

28 April 2014
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Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Fest for Beatles Fans founder Mark Lapidos bumping into John and discussing the fest. Fab Four FAQ 2.0 posted a bit about the story:

Also on April 28: On this day in 1974, Mark Lapidos met John Lennon. 

A confirmed Beatlemaniac even before their first Ed Sullivan appearance, this New Jersey native managed to turn his fixation into something bigger than mere fandom. Managing a Sam Goody's record store by 1974, the notion that a commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Beatles' arrival on these shores gradually took hold. Lapidos conceived the idea of a grand convention in a New York City hotel, with guest speakers, film screenings, a flea market, contests and auctions for charity, all in celebration of the Beatles.

But for the enterprise to carry any legitimacy at all, Lapidos reasoned that an official stamp of approval was needed, from Apple if not an actual ex-Beatle. But good fortune smiled upon him; quite by chance, he managed to luck into a face to face meeting with John (and Harry Nilsson) on the same day the two were attending a charitable event in Central Park.

The story of their meeting and the birth of Beatlefest is told in Fab Four FAQ 2.0. But offered here is footage of the March of Dimes Benefit held that very day. — with The Fest For Beatles Fans.

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19 May 2014
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Meet the Beatles for Real has a story about fans speaking on the phone with Paul and John the weekend of the Apple press conference in NY in 1968, which involves a Tiny Tim connection.

It also mentions that Paul invited the fans to a party, but they turned him down since they were Catholic school girls. Can't imagine anyone turning that down now.

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* Meet the Beatles for Real has a story on a fan's encounter with John in Boston in the '70s. You might enjoy this one, @DrBeatle.

* McCartney Photo Blog has Alan Johnson's story of meeting Paul at LIPA.

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28 May 2014
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Meet the Beatles for Real story of fans meeting George in hometown, Chicago, during promotion for 33 1/3.

I love the first pic. The George/Dhani resemblance is especially noticeable when either of them smile(d).

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

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