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Sunday, February 9, 2014

SUNDAY BONBONS WITH SOCHI AND THE BEATLES

IF YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO KNOW THE RESULTS OF THE SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS, SKIP IMMEDIATELY TO THE BEATLES:

Sochi Winter Olympics

In case you did not know, there is an Olympics Mosaic channel (1464 and 464 in Honolulu), where you can watch all five NBC stations.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Medal standings
    COUNTRY                     GOLD             SILVER          BRONZE

1
Norway
2
1
3
6
2
Netherlands
2
1
1
4
3
United States
2
0
2
4
4
Canada
1
2
1
4
Russia
1
2
1
4
6
Austria
1
1
0
2
7
Germany
1
0
0
1

In the presence of President Vladimir Putin, Russia won its first gold medal.  The Team Figure Skating silver award went to Canada, with the bronze to the USA.  While 31-year-old Evgeni Plushenko, recovering from his 12th surgery, a gold medalist in 2006, set the tone, the highlight of the day was an incredible performance by 15-year-old Russian, Julia Lipnitskaia:


Compared to Lipnitskaia, all the other skaters looked so old.  Here she is with 23-year-old Mao Asada of Japan and 18-year-old Gracie Gold of the USA:


Interesting that in this team competition, Cathy and Chris Reed represented Japan in the free dance.  They were born and trained in the USA with their American coach by way of Israel:


Their mother, Noriko, is from Japan.  Their younger sister, Allison, is also in this same event, and represents Israel.  They all were in the 2010 Olympics and Allison that year skated for the country of Georgia.  You would think that their father, Robert, must be a Jew from Georgia, but, he is a real American from Nebraska.  Allison (here with her partner, Vasili Rogov) must live an interesting life.

Jenny Jones became the first from the United Kingdom to ever win a winter olympics medal on snow (the other 22 were on ice), as she got the bronze for Snowboard Slopestyle.

Funniest item today?




Watch nearly 30 minutes of all their three appearances by clicking here.   The Beatles got around $10,000, total, for all three shows.  This was the most successful British invasion ever.  Ed Sullivan as a Beatle:



Wonder what all those screaming girls now look like.  The youngest would be older than 60:


And here are the Beatles:


The true story?  Heard of Marsha Albert?  Here she is ten years ago at the age of 55 with Caroll James:

  • In parallel, Jack Paar saw the group on a variety show in London, and got a take from the BBC, especially the screaming girls.  Ed Sullivan learned about the coming one-upmanship, so threatened to cancel the Beatles on his show, and Capitol Records threatened to sue.  Paar showed this clip anyway, as a joke of the crazy British.
  • Sullivan and Capitol Records both later realized that the advanced publicity would actually help.
  • "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (this is their 1964 show in DC) was released on 26December1963, and on 10January1964 had sold a million, hitting #1 in America on 16January1964.
  • On 7February1964 3,000 teenagers met the Beatles on Pan Am flight 101 to New York from London.
  • There were 50,000 requests for 728 seats to the Ed Sullivan Show appearance of the Beatles on 9February1964.  Seventy three million watched on TV, 40% the U.S. population.
Thus, while not quite true, on CBS tonight, "The Night That Changed America:  A Grammy Salute to the Beatles"  with all your favorite singers:  Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Joe Walsch, Brad Paisley, Katy Perry, Annie Lennox and more.  David Letterman's Show now emanates from the Ed Sullivan Theater.

So here are the Beatles...and their songs:


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