Robert U. Montgomery


December 1963

Additionally, I was aided and abetted in my survival by the Beatles, who also came into my life in 1963. On Dec. 26, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” were released in the United States, igniting Beatlemania. No, I didn’t yell, scream, or swoon as so many teen girls did when John, Paul, Ringo, and George appeared on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in February of 1964.

But I do remember sitting on my bed in the new house that I hated and actually feeling pleasure surge through my body as I listened to those songs on my transistor radio. During those days of crewcuts and Elvis pompadours, I recall the delight that I took in seeing one brave soul wear a shaggy Beatles wig to school.


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