Friday, February 09, 2018

On this day in history ...

I think about my favorite uncle all the time. But especially today. February 9 is the anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

That evening changed America and changed the world, of course. But that afternoon was what changed me.

54 years ago today was a Sunday. I was six. For some reason the clan had gathered at my Icky Grandma's house. I was getting bored and fidgety. My uncle suddenly rescued me from certain scolding by inviting me to join him on an errand. We ended up at Korvette's department store -- one of the few that were open on Sunday. I don't remember what we came for, but before we got in line to pay he was distracted by a group of young people. (He was, after all, just out of his teens himself.) They were surrounding a card table. He guided me over there and we checked it out, leaving with a record for 99¢ and a free balloon. The record was "Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You" and the balloon featured a pictured of these four young men that none of us had ever seen before. We returned to Icky Grandma's and, as the family gathering broke up, he reminded me watch The Ed Sullivan Show that night so I could see what all the fuss was about.

Today my Uncle Ted is in heaven. I want him to know that I remember, and I love him for giving me the soundtrack to my life.

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