Welcome to another round of #askNat where I take on a Beatles-related question sent in by anyone out there who feels like sending one in to me. This question came to me back in January when the year-end holidays were still fresh in everyone’s minds. Tony Paglia of Mercer PA contacted me while working on a paper for the International Beatles Celebration that occurred last month at Penn State’s Altoona Campus. This conference was organized in recognition of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first visit to America and Ed Sullivan Show performances. To help with his paper, Tony wanted me to elaborate on a comment I had made in a recent post made over the week of Christmas 2013. Here is what Tony had to say:
I’ve been a reader of your site for the better part of the last year, and I’m writing with a question/favor to ask of you regarding information you shared in the comments section of a recent BROW.
I’m currently writing a paper about the Beatles Fan Club Christmas messages for an upcoming Beatles conference. In the comments section of the 12/23/13 BROW, which was about the 1968 Christmas disc, you wrote “In the sixties the fan club was promised that these were released exclusively for them – the ones that had paid up subscriptions.” This is information I had not previously uncovered in my research. Would you be willing to share with me the source of that information? I would very much like to include it in my paper, but because this is a somewhat scholarly matter, I need to cite resources. Any help you can offer would be most greatly appreciated.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Naturally, I responded to Tony immediately after receiving his message since he needed to hear from me in time to complete his paper for the conference. Afterwards, Tony was all for me sharing how I responded to him here on The Beatles Rarity as well. The BROW Tony refers to can be found here.