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.
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?
Wonder what all those screaming girls now look like. The youngest would be older than 60:
The true story? Heard of Marsha Albert? Here she is ten years ago at the age of 55 with Caroll James:
- Beatlemania began with Walter Cronkite, who on 10December1963 had a 4-minute special on his newscast, which including the Beatles performing "She Loves You."
- This inspired 15-year-old Marsha Albert of Silver Spring, Maryland, to write to her favorite radio station, WWDC.
- DJ Carroll James soon got the British Overseas Airways Corporation to deliver a copy of "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
- On 17December1963 Marsha introduces the Beatles on James' radio show.
- 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.
So here are the Beatles...and their songs: