Beatles Sighting

February 10, 2014

Were The Beatles really at Northampton Community College on the 50th anniversary of their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show?  You be the judge.

They looked a little stiff, but they were as adorable as ever.  No one swooned, but girls (or should we say women of a certain age) were hanging all over them.

While the lads from Liverpool lounged in the lobby of Lipkin Theatre, the cover band The Large Flowerheads had the crowd on their feet dancing to Beatles' songs and other hits from the 1960s.  

Ed Sullivan was a no show, but Professor Jim Von Schilling did a fab job filling in, sharing fun facts about Dancing to The Large Flowerheadsthe performance.  According to NCC's resident pop culture expert, many of the girls seen screaming in the audience at the Sullivan show were celebrities' daughters, including  Jack Paar's daughter, Walter Cronkite's daughters and at least one of Richard Nixon's daughters who came as a guest of  Jack Paar's daughter.

Von Schilling said the follow-up performance two weeks later was not live, as advertised.  It had been taped on the afternoon of the first show.

The night of nostalgia was one of a series of programs Von Schilling is presenting to allow young students to experience key events from the 1960s and to give Baby Boomers an opportunity to reflect on their Emcee Jim Von Schillinglives and legacies.

Next up?  A free screening of "A Hard Day's Night" in  Lipkin Theatre at 11 a.m. on March 6, commemorating the week filming began 50 years earlier, followed by a presentation on the 1964 World's Fair to NCC's Senior Update group on April 23, 50 years and one day after it opened.  

Over the next two years programs associated with Von Schilling's work as NCC's  Kopecek Chair in the Humanities will include presentations on the civil rights movement, the women's movement, the student rights' movement  and a light show with psychedelic music.

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