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Concert Time! Local Folk's Connection To Beatles

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  The countdown to the big, Paul Macartney concert at the Fargo Dome is now just one day away and there are some amazing, local connections to Macartney and the Beatles.
  It was August of 1964 and Beatle mania was running wild across the Country. Jamestown native, Denny Greenstein was visiting relatives in Seattle, when he snagged a ticket to the Beatles concert in Seattle.

Denny Greenstein, Jamestown Native: “It went ballistic. You couldn’t have heard an atom bomb drop in that place, because of the screaming. Well, it was pretty exciting. You couldn’t hear them most of the time. It was just exciting.”

  Grand Forks native, Nancy King has an even more amazing connection to the Beatles. At the age of 16, she convinced her mother to drive her to the west coast. King actually met the fab four in their motel room, following that Seattle concert. King recalls talking to Paul.

Nancy King, Grand Forks Native: “I do remember him asking me what my favorite song was and at that time it was “Do You Want To Know A Secret”. He said, “Oh, it has nice words.” When Paul took me over and introduced me to John and he learned I was from North Dakota he said, “Oh, the Black Hills of the Dakotas”.

  All four Beatles even   signed a copy of her book, A Hard Day’s Night.

Nancy King: “To them it was ust another half hour in their lives. But to me it was the most amazing and memorable half hour of my life.”

  I also have a Beatles connection, albeit an unglamorous one. Years ago, I stopped at the Union Station train depot in Chicago and used the same restroom the Beatles had used. They had each singed a stall and commemorative plagues had been put up to confirm the Beatles had been there. Hey, it’s something.
  Jeff Dufault’s connection is a bit better. He saw Macartney perform at a Metrodome concert in 1993.

Jeff Dufault, Crookston: “Just a great experience.”

Reporter: “Do you think it’s just because they were such a big part of our lives?”

Dufault: “Yep, yep. I have 3 daughters and they as well. I used to sing them lullabies from Paul.”

  All 3 of those folks with Beatles connections, along with myself, will be there when Paul Macartney brings a big part of our history to the Fargodome.

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