(Day 8) Kingtones Memoirs
February 13, 1964
We got up around 11:00 A.M. It was my birthday! Bob didn’t forget, he said right away, “Happy Birthday.” I went out and bought some ice cream and cake to help celebrate, and also to give the boys a treat.
We were very excited, because The Beatles were coming to Miami today at 4:00 P.M. The boys washed their cars and the four of us, Bob, Mike, Phil and I, departed for Miami. We arrived at the airport around 2:30 P.M. By the time we found a parking spot and got inside the terminal, it was around 3:30. We could hardly open the door to the terminal, because there were 7,000 fans already there to greet them. All the viewing decks, windows, outside fences, open spaces, etc. were filled with people. We decided to split up with every man for himself, in our quest to try to see The Beatles!
Mike and I went together. We hadn’t gone very far when we saw an elevator door open. On the inside of the elevator was an ad that said something like… “Come to the seventh floor and relax in our newly remodeled, (AND EXPENSIVE,) restaurant. Enjoy the beautiful view from our new picture windows.” Hallelujah, our prayers had been answered. Mike and I quickly jumped on the elevator. We didn’t want to eat there, we just wanted to look out those big beautiful picture windows, and see The Beatles!
When we got to the seventh floor, the door opened, and there was no one at the concierge podium to greet us. All the people in the restaurant, including waiters, waitresses, the concierge, cooks, etc., were up to the windows to see The Beatles come in. As Mike and I joined the “window gang,” an announcement was made that The Beatles plane had just landed. We saw the plane taxi in. Then the door opened and four – two inch tall musicians stepped out of the plane. We were up so high, that everything on the ground looked like miniature toys. But we knew it was The Beatles, because of the deafening sound made by 7,000 screaming fans as they came out of the plane.
After disembarking from the plane, The Beatles were taken in a three-limousine convoy to their hotel. We watched them get in the middle limo. As the three limousines started to leave the airfield, they went under a terminal four way tunnel bridge. The first limo went straight out to where mobs of teenagers were waiting. The second limo, with The Beatles in it, took a right turn and went out to a back dirt road to escape the mob. The third limo went straight, pretending to be “The Beatles” limo, and got mobbed. They had to stop. The limo could not move without running someone over. The crowd finally dissipated when they realized The Beatles were not in the limo. Because of where Mike and I were, we saw the whole thing.
Phil, on the other hand, managed to get on the terminal tunnel bridge. He saw John Lennon’s hand waving out the back of the limo as it passed under him, with 6,000 screaming girls compressed against him. Wow! Lucky Phil. Bob however, got a close up “VIP view” of…… some Beatle impersonators. They were on a baggage cart, riding around and waving to the crowd.
We finally re-grouped, exchanged stories of what we saw, and left. We didn’t have any trouble leaving, because 7,000 fans were still there. They didn’t realize that The Beatles were not at the airport anymore. They were sticking around.
When we got back I cooked supper: steak, potatoes and corn. I then called Chick and told her all about The Beatles and the experiences we had. We then went over to Porky’s to see if he had any one night jobs for us yet. He claimed that he had a three night job for $500.00, but had to let it go because he couldn’t find us. Boy, were we upset!
We decided that since we had no other plans, and almost no money, that we would go to a drive-in movie. We had seen a newspaper ad that said, “Cars with… out- of- state license plates could get in free.” We saw “The Days of Wine and Roses.” We finally got home at 3:00 A.M. We were tired, but in good health.