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Fan Memories

Submitted by Lindsay J.
o How long have you been a Beatles fan? I've been a fan for about a year and a half. I'll be a  fan for 2 years this Christmas Eve.
o How did you become interested in the Beatles? It's hard to say exactly. I knew of them and I knew a handful of songs, but that was it. I thought they were pretty cool. And I don't know how or why, but my mother loaned me her "Beatles 1" CD for me to listen to. After that I knew more about them and knew more songs. How I really got into them was in 2008 on Christmas Eve. My parents let my brother and I open one of our presents early. My parents handed me a present they thought I would find interesting. And when i opened it, it was "A Hard Days Night" the film. To be honest, I watched it just to humor them. But I found myself laughing every second. That was when The Beatles hit me full on.
o Who is your favorite Beatle? I adore John, He's my favorite. But I like the others as well.
o Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories. I've seen Paul live August 5th of last year. It was my first concert ever and he was playing in Boston at Fenway Park (also my first time going to Fenway), so this whole experience was new to me. My mother being a fan of Paul as well, she went with me. We took the train into Boston and we arrived at about 6:30pm. Our seats were right above the dugout but they had chairs set up on the field, so our seats were decent. Paul came on at 6:55pm to be exact and the rest was history.
o Have you met a Beatle? Nope.
o Do you collect Beatles memorabilia? Not necessarily. I have no memorabilia. Right now i'm focusing on collecting all of their CDs. And then I'll probably go on to collecting other Beatle things.
o How do others react to your love of the Beatles? They think i'm obsessed haha.
o Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.? Nope. I've never flown out of the US in my life. But I plan on going to England for a High School graduation gift.
o What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan? Nothing that crazy.
o If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music? Well...I wasn't born in the 60s. So I can't really answer this.
 
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Submitted by Heather R.
I was lurking on Livejournal and I came across your post on beatlespics about collecting original fans memories of the Beatles. Now, I was born many years after they split up, so I don't think I'll be much help in that aspect, but I did wonder if you fancied hearing about my grandfather's experience with them
 
He used to live in a flat in Blackpool back in 1963, which he shared with two other tenants. The man who lived above him was a talent agent who owned his own theatre in Blackpool, and often held star-studded parties in their shared basement, which my Granddad usually went to. One night, the Beatles happened to be playing in Blackpool, so this man invited them to his little bash. My Granddad wasn't exactly a big Beatles fan, but his girlfriend (my Grandma) was a HUGE one, so he decided to go along when he found out they were coming so that he could get a chance to talk to them and impress my Grandma.
 
I asked him about it, and according to him: "They were very nice and very funny. I remember us laughing about each others accents (my Granddad is originally from Scotland). John was the loudest, and I seem to remember him getting a bit drunk. They stuck together as a group and by the end of the night, after a few drinks, I couldn't tell which was which!"
 
He got their autographs too, but he's managed to lose them since, which is quite a disappointment. When I found all this out, I was so jealous, being a huge Beatles fan! Anyway, I don't know whether this is the sort of information you wanted, but I thought I'd share it anyway, as it's my only claim to fame - "my Granddad went to a party with the Beatles!"
 
Hope it helped! Haha
 
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Submitted by Kalie D.
o How long have you been a Beatles fan? ever since birth, really. (: grew up with 'em, loved their movies when i was a baby. but when beatlemania really HIT me, i was about 13, like most girls. hahah (;
o How did you become interested in the Beatles?
well, like i said, i've been around their music ever since i was a little girl, so everywhere, really. i mean, the beatles are in our culture, how could you not become interested or even know them!
o Who is your favorite Beatle?
it's hard to pick a "favourite." we all go through those paul phases, john phases, etc. i always loved/love ringo though, because he was just far too adorable, but i think my official answer is "i don't know." haha sorry.
o Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories.
no..i have not, sadly. ): i'm only 19 years.
o Have you met a Beatle?
i wishhhhh.
o Do you collect Beatles memorabilia?
somewhat! i have all of their remastered discs, movies, and i have a bit of an odd collection of shirts, mugs, clocks, random things...hah.
o How do others react to your love of the Beatles?
like i said, since The Beatles have been so ingrained into our society/culture, it's very rare to find someone who is shocked that you love the beatles so much. most people just think i'm weird though, seeing as i'm an old soul when it comes to other things as well. (:
o Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.?
no, no i have not. i haven't left america, really. ):
o What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan?
dance to twist and shout when i was in middle school in front of a basketball game crowd? hahah well, i had my best friend with me, so it wasn't all that bad. i'm not sure!
o If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music?
n/a
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Submitted by Mike D.
 
How long have you been a Beatles fan?
 
I have been a Beatles fan since December of 2007, so a little over 2 years.

How did you become interested in the Beatles?
 
My best friend was a Beatles fan, and she made me watch A Hard Day's Night and Help!. I still laugh to myself whenever I recall, because they all looked so similar to me, I came up with ways to distinguish them. George was the one with the eyebrow, Ringo the one with the nose, Paul the one with the ridiculous eyebrows, and John was the other one. Just the hilarity that John Lennon was the other one in my fifteen year old brain, I suppose...

Who is your favorite Beatle?
 
My favorite is George, although I do love them all. John's been growing on me lately, though.

Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories.
 
I have not, though I am seeing Ringo this summer.
 
Have you met a Beatle?
 
No, but how awesome would that be? I did have a dream where I met Paul, though, but I don't suppose that counts.
 
Do you collect Beatles memorabilia?

 
Yes, I do. I've collected all of the records other than Please Please Me and Let It Be, and other assorted memorabilia, like magazines, books, etc.
 
How do others react to your love of the Beatles?
 
They think it's a bit odd, I suppose, because I'm only seventeen. My peers find me strange, my elders find me awesome.
 
Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.?
 
I plan on visiting Liverpool at some point, when I have enough money.
 
What's the craziest thing you've done as a fan?
 
I really don't think I've done anything crazy... spent enire paychecks on records, I guess.
 
If you've been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music?
 
Oh, I wish I had been a fan in the sixties...
 
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Submitted by Amanda H.
 

Hi! Saw your post on beatlepics, I really love this idea :D My name's Amanda and I'm 18:
(Sorry in advance if this gets kind of rambly, lol!)

How long have you been a Beatles fan? I was in 8th grade when I first started to get into the Beatles (as in more than the few songs I knew from the radio and when my grandpa and I used to sing "Yellow Submarine" together when I was a kid). That was 2003/2004 so I've been a fan for around 6-7 years now, wow!
How did you become interested in the Beatles? Honestly, I think my interest was sparked when I was watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off with my two friends and we all really enjoyed the scene where Ferris is lip-singing "Twist and Shout" in the parade. (I blame Matthew Broderick's cute sweatervest and John's sexy, raspy voice.) We downloaded the soundtrack and realized it was The Beatles who sang the song (being oblivious 14-year-olds, what did we know? lol) and instantly wanted to discover more. My friend Tina and I really become engrossed and downloaded The Beatles' albums chronologically; we'd listen to a cd for a couple weeks until we knew all the words and then moved on to the next one, and after that we did all of their solo careers as well (this was an on-going project for years lol). We rented Beatles biographies from the library, watched the Beatles movies and went to this cool store (sadly it's closed now) in the mall called Past & Present to get our Beatles memorabilia fix. We're still friends and still Beatles fans now after all these years! :)
Who is your favorite Beatle? I really love them all <3 But I think I would have to choose Paul.
Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories. Tina (my only Beatles friend lol, when I found out he was coming I called her immediately and said WE'RE GOING TAKE THE DAY OFF WORK! lol) and I saw Paul McCartney on March 28 of this year!! It was honestly the best night of my life <3 I feel so lucky to have seen him live, it was a completely unreal experience that I wish I could relive over and over. I hope to see him again!
Have you met a Beatle? Guh, I wish. If Paul ever does a backstage pass/meet & greet, I will sell my soul. For the Up & Coming Tour 2010, front row seats were $1,000 at my venue here in Phoenix O_O We paid $250 and had awesome seats (20 rows from the stage) but I wouldn't pay a grand just to be in the front row...if I got to shake his hand or something, then yes that's a different story haha! But I think if I had been in the front row and Paul made eye contact with me, I'd start hyperventilating and faint like one of those 60's Beatles girls ;)
Do you collect Beatles memorabilia? I try not to go crazy (but it's so hard lol!) so I *only* have two framed album covers (A Hard Day's Night and Yellow Submarine), two metal lunchboxes, the movies, a couple shirts (including 2 Paul shirts I bought at the concert for $40 apiece! Ouch, but so worth it), a mug, and a sticker on my car. I think that's about it...I unfortunately don't have any records (though I would love to, perhaps I'll start collecting even though I lack a record player, ha) or their music in a hard copy (cds), but I'm looking into getting the remastered box set! I'm also going to the Vegas LOVE show on May 27 with some friends and you know I'll be hitting up that gift shop like no other ;DD
How do others react to your love of the Beatles? Well when I was younger, like 8th grade/freshman in high school, my peers and adults were kind of shocked, like "You listen to the Beatles, seriously?" and even now, the older generation of fans is kind of taken aback as well (but in a good way mostly). At the Paul concert there was a couple sitting next to us who were probably about mid-40's and the woman leaned over and asked me, "I'm sorry, but I'm just curious. How did you two get into the Beatles?!" haha. I feel proud to be part of this sub-culture of new generation Beatles fans however :) But I hate when I tell people my age I love the Beatles and they reply, "Oh yeah, me too!" only to later on in the conversation say their favorite album is the 1 Album or something |: Um, yeah...I think the term 'Beatles fan' is thrown around too loosely sometimes, ha.
Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.? I wish! I will someday :D I'm hoping to travel to England next summer with some friends and I'll definitely make us roadtrip to Liverpool for a day or two :D
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan? Um, people have told me spending $250 on a Paul ticket was crazy, but they just don't understand haha :)
If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music? Man, I wish I could have lived in the 60's. I think I'm a reincarnated Beatles girl, haha!

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Submitted by Ashley R.

How long have you been a Beatles fan? I was introduced to them at a young age but I didn't really get interested in them until about a year ago.
How did you become interested in the Beatles? My parents were the first to introduce them to me and gradually I listened to more and more of their music and then last year I read a biography about them and that's when my interest in them peaked.
Who is your favorite Beatle? John.
Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories. I have seen none of them live, but in July I'm going to see Ringo.
Have you met a Beatle? No.
Do you collect Beatles memorabilia? Yes
How do others react to your love of the Beatles? At first people generally think it's cool and they say they like them too then they realize how obsessed I am with them and they tend to get sick of me talking about them 95% of the time.
Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.? No but I want to one day.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan? I haven't done a lot of crazy stuff involving them but the one I can think of is when I was riding in the car with my mum and it was announced on the radio that Ringo would be playing near me and I started screaming and crying hysterically because I never thought I would get to see a Beatle live.
If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music?
I wasn't alive in the 60's.
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Submitted by the_ninth_walrus
o How long have you been a Beatles fan? ever scene kindergarten actualy
as long as a remember now that i think about it

o How did you become interested in the Beatles?i listened to some of there music then i started learning about them

o Who is your favorite Beatle?JOHN i have a crush on him ...(i said that out loud)
o Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories.no I've seen tributes

o Have you met a Beatle?sadly no

o Do you collect Beatles memorabilia?yes
o How do others react to your love of the Beatles? some people think its cool some people think its odd

o Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.? sadly no i want to

o What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan?stay up for three days strait listing to the top 101 beatles songs on the radio

o If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music? i cant answer this one
 
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Submitted by Alison from Australia
 
I have to say, my history with the Beatles is rather arbitrary. But here are some thoughts and things anyway, just in case you'd like them :)

My name is Alison, I'm 16, and from Australia.

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o How long have you been a Beatles fan?


Not for very long at all really! I'm 16, so I can't have been a fan longer than that obviously. Probably since about the end of last year. But I've seen them in a positive light my whole life. My earliest memory of them was when I must have been about 3 or 4, and thinking in all my 3-4-year-old self-righteousness: "They're called the Beatles? Well that's just stupid. And they spell it with an 'a'? That's not even how you spell it!"

o How did you become interested in the Beatles?

Against all odds really. No records/CDs/memorablia/any evidence they ever existed in my household. My parents know them, and like them, but not madly. I'd heard them mentioned many times obviously (I can't escape them really: they're always on the news, in movies, on ads etc.), and yet was never compelled to investigate them. Maybe because they were mentioned so often.

My friend acquired an iPod off her friend recently, and it happened to have Beatles on it. She got hooked, sang it all the time, and due to my embarrassment at my ignorance, started to listen to them (and liked them immediately!)

o Who is your favorite Beatle?

George :) I did a school project on him a long time ago. A very crappy one (hilariously misinformed and badly written!), but it's interesting, because I purposely chose him when I could choose anyone in the history of rock and roll. I could have even done the Beatles as a group, but I decided to do him, and I didn't even know who he was! I have absolutely no idea what made me do it! I knew the name "John Lennon" vaguely, but besides him, I didn't even know any of the Beatles' names before I chose him to write about!

I love George because his songs are a lot less pretentious than Lennon-McCartney ones. You don't feel like they're trying to be sold to you. All Things Must Pass is one of my favourite albums of all time. I also really admire his quest for self-awareness and spirituality that developed over his life. I'm not a particularly religious person myself, but people who try to constantly better themselves are really very rare, and I think it's something everyone should strive for. I acknowledge that he was by no means a perfect human being (musicians and/or celebrities don't make good rolemodels kiddies), but I am often taken aback at the profound nature of what he has to say.

o Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories.

Unfortunately, no. Living in Australia makes this difficult. To be honest, I feel privileged to have been alive while at least 3 were also, somewhere in the world. Think of all the people in the future who will not have this kind of privilege! I was even alive when they recorded a song together-- "Free As a Bird". That is enough for me. I was always very much an outside viewer.

o Have you met a Beatle?

I wish ;) I'll do it one day, just watch :)

o Do you collect Beatles memorabilia?

I have a single poster. The Beatles are much more important to me than what I can demonstrate by lining up plastic figurines :)

o How do others react to your love of the Beatles?

I'm good at not making a big deal about it. I tend to only share it with others who are interested in them. Even then I hold back, because it's crazy how much I know and love about them! The question becomes more interesting when it becomes "How do you react to others' love of the Beatles?" because if you love them you will be MY IMMEADIATE BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE.

o Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.?

I visited the Earth they lived in, once or twice. That planet is cool, man. Lots of water.

o What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan?

Fantasize. Let's not go into that ;)

Also, one time I was at a party with rather unimaginative dance music, and a friend and fellow fan and I were literally shouting Beatles songs over the top of the music in protest!

o If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music?

Obviously I'm not, but I will say this: I think I prefer listening to them in hindsight. You cut the bullcrap associated with the press or popular opinion at the time; You only go by the quality of the music, which far outlives any other stigmas or even overly positive things connected to the namesake. No ridiculous mania to live through, which confuses me as a member of the recent world. Except the public's opinion of Yoko. Everyone still seems to hate her. (I'm not one to judge, personally).

o A few more notes...

On being a Gen Y fan: People in my generation genuinely love the Beatles as much as any other generation, if not more (although there is a larger demographic of people with no access to it, simply because it's not around as much as during the 60s, and even their parents are just a little bit too young). They don't seem to lose their relevance easily. I am actually often surprised at how much they are loved in my generation, possibly because I have a general attraction to older music that isn't as easily appreciated by my peers (Bob Dylan is an interesting one that is rarely appreciated, if not scorned). There have
been many instances where the Beatles have become the topic of conversation, and a surprising number of people have joined in. I was once at a party, where a rousing round of 'Hey Jude' was (slightly drunkenly) sounded, followed by an interesting interpretation of Eleanor Rigby (of all songs!) with added vocalised strings. I honestly had no idea any of these people even knew of their existence!

As a musician: The Beatles are often noted as being a massive influence on musicians, and they certainly have on me now. Bit of an obvious non-statement, but it's so true!
 
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Submitted by george<3
 
o How long have you been a Beatles fan? For about 5 years
o How did you become interested in the Beatles? It runs in the family, trust me. My mom always liked (and still likes) to listen to them and I sort of caught on.
o Who is your favorite Beatle? George.
o Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories. No, unfortunatley. Gah! I was born too damn late.
o Have you met a Beatle? No, unfortunatley.
o Do you collect Beatles memorabilia? Yes!
o How do others react to your love of the Beatles? Some of my close friends are catching on to loving the Beatles. Other people will just sort of go along with it and tolerate.
o Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.? No. *sniff*
o What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan? Cover my wall with Beatles posters and pics... eventually I had to start collaging!
o If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music? Unfortunatley, I cannot answer that one, being a third generation fan.
 
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Submitted by Lynn S.
o         How long have you been a Beatles fan? Since May of 1975
o         How did you become interested in the Beatles? My cousin Theresa, who's 2 years older, is my favorite cousin, so when I was almost 13, she told me the Beatles were the greatest - who was I to argue?  ;) o         Who is your favorite Beatle? PAUL
o         Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories. Saw Ringo in concert a few times.  Lots of fun, but not always so wild about the other"all Star" members.  Met Paul once in London.  Got his autograph and spoke to him and Linda for a few minutes.  Could not stop shaking afterwards - a dream come true!  Also saw Paul in concert quite a few times.  Always wonderful!
o         Have you met a Beatle? see above
o         Do you collect Beatles memorabilia? Not like I used to, but I still have my collection.
o         How do others react to your love of the Beatles? When I was a teen, I was teased, sometimes by kids my age.  Now, people are pretty cool about it.
o         Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.? yes
o         What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan? oh, there have been many, but the main one was staying up all night waiting in line for Paul tickets and then going to work after we got the tickets.
o         If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music? didn't become a fan until '75.
 
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Submitted by george_on_cloud9
 
o How long have you been a Beatles fan? Since Childhood
o How did you become interested in the Beatles? From my parents
o Who is your favorite Beatle? George!
o Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories. Wasn't born yet!
o Have you met a Beatle? Only in dreams!
o Do you collect Beatles memorabilia? Posters counts?
o How do others react to your love of the Beatles? Weird...
o Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.? My dream to visit Liverpool 1 day!
o What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan? Dream... Dream dream dream...
o If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music? Don't know really...
 
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Submitted by Renata aka pageysflower
How long have you been a Beatles fan?
I would say from 1979 when I was 14, but I was aware of them already earlier, in 1969.
How did you become interested in the Beatles?
I remeber my first contact with the Beatles when I was 4 years old, it was in 1969. My mom talked to me already back then about the four cute boys from Liverpool, she was and still is a great fan, though she is almost 80 today! We were listening to the Radio Luxembourg, it was the only radio station with "west" music we could listen to back then in the socialistic Czechoslovakia. They played Beatles quite often and I was always quite crazy about Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da.Then, in 1979 my mom bought me the Abey Road album it was a Czechoslovak edition from our gramophone firm "Supraphon". And I was totally hooked. I even started to learn English because of them and wished me an acoustic guitar from my dad. I know that Beatles became my "soundtrack" of my teenage years!
Who is your favorite Beatle?
Paulie! He was my first real crush when I was 14. I saw his picture and I was quite smitten, because I have thought he was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. And I loved his smooth velvet voice and his playing skills and- simply everything!Now I appreciate his love for the animals and I always love what a great father he is. I wished me such a husband, but I never had luck :( But I had a period that I loved Johnny too and I remember how I cried, when my mom told me abouit his death- she heard it on the radio and she told me that before I went to the school-. I know that I was crying all day long.
Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories.
Unfortunately no :( But I wish!
Have you met a Beatle?
Never... :(
Do you collect Beatles memorabilia?
I have all of their albums on CD and now I started to buy some books as well- I have about 7. And I have a big 3D poster from Abbey Road- thatīs all!
How do others react to your love of the Beatles?
Oh, they are OK with it! The most people in my family love them. And in our work I have a colleague or two who like them as well. We all together even went to visit a Beatles tribute band in November- almost the entire staff of the testing laboratory where Iīm working, about 4 people!
Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.?
Not yet, but I would love to see Liverpool and all the important places there.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan?
I donīt know- maybe in 1984 when The movie A Hard Days Night was in our cinemas: I went five times! The woman at the cash desk was certainly sure I was  nut! :)
If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music?
Well, I was a baby back then, but Iīm also so enthusiastic when youn people today show their love for the boys- they have a good taste, because their music is immortal and it will be there forever!
 
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Submitted by Judy

o How long have you been a Beatles fan?

Since December 10th, 1963 when I saw them on Walter Cronkite's Evening News!


o How did you become interested in the Beatles?

One look was all it took... the rest just followed along naturally. :)


o Who is your favorite Beatle?

I have 4...
George
George
George
George



o Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories.

I saw them 9 times in person!   NINE!!!!!!!!!!!

o Have you met a Beatle?

I was close up to all of them, but actually met George in Atlantic City on August 30th, 1964!
WOWEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

o Do you collect Beatles memorabilia?

I used to when I was young.


o How do others react to your love of the Beatles?
I don't think anyone I know has any kind of reaction. Most just like them - period.


o Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.?
Yes. I toured England for 2 weeks in 1965.  Liverpool was amazing back then!


o What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan?

I scaled the back wall of The Lafayette Motor Inn... to get to see George.


o If you’ve been a fan since the sixties, how do you view the development of the Beatles and their music? 
Well, they kinda stopped then as Beatles...the 60s ended and so did they as a group.   ...As solo artists they were good at times... but never again like when they were together.
 
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Submitted by Xochitl
 
I'm a new Beatles fan, keep that in mind. I live with my grandparent but they didn't like them as much as I do.
1. I have been a Beatles fan ever since I was about 10 years old. My school's middle school was playing "Imagine" and "Let It Be". I am 12 now.
2. I've always heard their music but it was never important to me until I was about 10. Music wasn't really important and I didn't listen very often.
3. John Lennon. He's sexy, brilliant, spoke his mind and made brilliant music. He was a brilliant man, too.
4. Um, never. I might see Ringo sometime soon.
5. Don't even go there.
6. Hell yeah. My walls have a bunch of posters and i have calenders, dvds and a bunch of other crap that I'm in love with.
7. Um, since I am twelve years old, most adults find it odd. They say that I'm too young or an Old Soul. When I show my TRUE obsession, they make fun.
8. Um, no again. I wanted to go but will wait until I graduate from high school before going to any places like that. Yet again, I have been to the Hollywood Bowl and Candlestick Park,but those don't count.
9. Stand on a table and sing. Um, scream at my computer and when I bought a mag about John, there was a page missing, so I went back and returned it, getting a new one.
10. As a new fan, I can tell how their music sophisticated. They first started with three cords to masterpieces never to have a comparison.
 
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Submitted by Lindsey - Missodell (The Beatles Fan Fiction Directory)

How long have you been a Beatles fan?

Since I was 17, and I'm 30 now, so 13 years.

o         How did you become interested in the Beatles?

A record shop was having a sale on Beatles CD's so I bought loads, and it grew from there really. I had always known Beatles music but thats when the mania really started.

o         Who is your favorite Beatle?

George.

o         Have you seen a Beatle or all four live? If so, please feel free to share your memories.

I have seen Paul twice - once in Manchester where we literally had seat on the very back row of a very, very large arena (Manchester Evening News Arena). Shortly before the show started a man came up to me and my sister and said he had tickets for the front row, but he didn't want to sit that close, did we want to swap? We said no, because there was 3 of us in our group and he only had 2 tickets, but always regretted that! (Although it could have easily been some sort of scam too). Also saw Paul in Hyde Park, London, where he was headlining 'Hard Rock Calling.' It was really hot and sunny and it was brilliant. Paul played about 3 or 4 hours.
I've also seen Ringo - just once, last year in Liverpool. It was one of the Ringo's all stars shows, and the other musicians were okay, but not really a patch on Ringo, and they were also mostly late Seventies/Eighties musicians so not really a great match for Ringo, I thought. I would have preferred just a show with Ringo! Ringo was great though. He is much smaller in real life than you might think.

o         Have you met a Beatle?

No, but I have met Pete Best and some other Beatle people.

o         Do you collect Beatles memorabilia?

Yes, lots. Luckily, I have a boyfriend who is a Beatles fan too so our house is filled with Beatles stuff. We have a lot of books, records, CDs etc, as well as a couple of signed posters (signed by Beatle people like photographers or Klaus Voorman, Astrid Kirrchur etc, not actual Beatles sadly!)

o         How do others react to your love of the Beatles?

Most people I meet will think its cool, although most people don't know the extent of the Beatlemania, and hardly anyone knows about the fan fiction side of it, as I think most people wouldn't really understand that!

o         Have you visited well-known Beatles sites such as Abbey Road, other London places, Liverpool etc.?

Yes, I think I have been to most 'sites' in Liverpool, quite a few in London, but I would love to go to some of the international ones like in Germany or the USA. I would also like to go and have a look at Friar Park one day.

o         What’s the craziest thing you’ve done as a fan?

Every year I take flowers for George to Liverpool on the anniversary of when he died. I have missed one or two anniversaries due to circumstances beyond my control, and one year I had to take flowers to Abbey Road instead. On the first year anniversary I was photographed for the Liverpool Echo newspaper as I was the first one to arrive with flowers in hand! Last year was the 10th anniversary since George died so I took flowers to Liverpool. I was a bit sad as there weren't any other flowers there when I arrived, but there was also a 'Day For George' on at St George's Hall and later at The Cavern, and both of those were packed, so still a lot of love for George in the world. Anyway, a lot of people think that's a bit on the crazy side!

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