Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A serious case of Beatlemania in Arkansas

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 8:43 AM

THEY LOVED THEM YEAH, YEAH, YEAH: Ecstatic fans were a staple in the Beatles heyday.
  • gallerynucleus.com
  • THEY LOVED THEM YEAH, YEAH, YEAH: Ecstatic fans were a staple in the Beatles' heyday.
Thanks to Eric Francis for a direction to Slate's history blog and a fun entry on the depth of Beatlemania in 1964. They've unearthed letters from the National Archives written when the Labor Department tightened rules on entry of foreign entertainers into the U.S. Exemptions were allowed, but the news gave rise to a panic among fans that the Beatles had been barred from the U.S. (Wait: Do I need to explain who the Beatles were?)

Letters included one from a 15-year-old in El Dorado.

Janelle Blackwell’s arguments in this letter rested mostly on her own health and wellness. (“I and three other girls were so upset we couldn’t go to school today.”) Blackwell asked that her letter be treated as a business letter, though she acknowledged that she wasn’t quite sure how to write one: “This letter I know is not in good form of any kind … but I feel terrible. I’m 15 and I feel like 80.”

Slate links the actual letter, which includes this closing page:

page2.gif

Tags: , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

  • Arkansas's monuments to white people

    July 24, 2015
    Recommended: A report by KUAR's Jacob Kauffman on monuments to the Confederacy in Arkansas, particularly at the state Capitol, and how they're viewed by defenders and critics. /more/
  • Haunted City: A Timeline of the Little Rock Gang Wars

    July 16, 2015
    In our interviews for this week's cover story we heard from gang members, community leaders, youth intervention specialists, police officers, prosecutors, city officials and citizens. We collected over 15 hours of audio and heard similar accounts of the same events. In almost every one of these conversations, for instance, we were told about the LL Cool J concert at Barton Coliseum, an AK-47 shooting that made national headlines and a daytime shooting at Burger King across from UALR. Those who lived in Little Rock in the '90s may remember these events, but for those who didn't, we compiled this timeline. /more/
  • Not saying we should have a new state flag, but just in case...

    June 25, 2015
    The apple blossom, Arkansas’s state flower, appeared in one entry centered on a field scattered with stars representing the United States, with thirteen rays recalling the original states. /more/
  • What's the oldest restaurant in Arkansas?

    November 8, 2014
    Kat Robinson of tiedyetravels lists the 10 oldest restaurants in Arkansas in the course of correcting a national website's claim for a general store in Oark. /more/
  • Hello, I'm Johnny Cash. And I used to live here.

    May 3, 2014
    Friend Kat Robinson has a big post on her Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism blog about an outing to the Historic Dyess Colony, a heritage site and future tourist attraction that is to open to the public in August. She has lots of pictures and background on the work Arkansas State University has done to preserve the boyhood home of Johnny Cash as well as other historic places in the region. /more/
  • Food truck court proposed across from Capitol

    March 18, 2014
    The Capitol Zoning District Commission is to consider a proposal Thursday for a food truck court across West Third Street from the state Capitol. Proposed demolition of some Quapaw Quarter structures also has spurred debate. /more/
  • Arkansas: It gets a C in survey on teaching civil rights

    March 10, 2014
    A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center ranks the states on how well they teach civil rights. Arkansas gets a C. Some other Southern states get an A. /more/
  • Lee Lorch, a figure in Little Rock's '57 crisis, dies at 98

    March 2, 2014
    The New York Times carried a lengthy obituary yesterday on desegregation activist Lee Lorch, a college teacher whose work in breaking down segregation barriers in Manhattan housing was his lead accomplishment. But he also played a role in the Little Rock school desegregation crisis in 1957. /more/
  • Huge fire at vacant Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs

    February 28, 2014
    The landmark Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, vacant since 2006 and recently boarded up, caught fire last night and kept burning as dozens of firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. Coverage of the spectacular fire kindled memories among thousands of Arkansans from the resort hotel's happier days. The fire was still burning this morning. /more/
  • Right-wing publication runs into obstacles searching Clinton gubernatorial archives

    February 18, 2014
    The Washington Free Beacon, which received a lot of attention recently for mining the Diane Blair papers at the University of Arkansas for documents related to potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, hasn't had similar success with gubernatorial papers of Bill Clinton housed at an archive in downtown Little Rock connected to the Central Arkansas Library System. /more/
  • More »

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Diocese of Little Rock and others applaud Obama's actions on immigration

    The Arkansas United Community Coalition says about 14,000 undocumented adults in Arkansas should be eligible to take advantage of the order and obtain relief from deportation. Another 2,000 youth will also qualify. Other estimates put the number much higher. However, applications won't be available for another 60 - 180 days.
    • Nov 21, 2014
  • Notes from a disaster: the scene at the Democrats' election watch parties

    While Dave Ramsey was partying with gleeful Republicans on election night, I slouched around the Democratic watch parties downtown in the rain, watching the mood decay from anxious to anguished over the course of the evening and asking vague questions of stricken Democrats. Why did this happen? What's next for the party? What's next for the state?
    • Nov 5, 2014
  • Report on K12 broadband further muddies the waters, except on one issue: DIS is price gouging

    The Education and Information Technology committees received a report this morning from CT&T Inc., which was hired to conduct a comprehensive study of the Internet capacity of Arkansas K-12 schools. It brings little clarity to the confusing issue, but it does illustrate the Department of Information Services has given a very bad deal to schools
    • Dec 17, 2014

Most Shared

  • Lawsuit filed over settlement in forum-shopping class action case

    The lawyers facing disciplinary action by federal Judge P.K. Holmes in Fort Smith over their settlement of a class action lawsuit against the USAA insurance company have a new legal headache.
  • Cherokee tribe backs the casino amendment

    NOW, I get it. The group circulating petitions for a constitutional amendment to establish casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties reveals that the deal anticipates operation of the casino in Washington County by the Cherokee tribe that now has casino operations in Oklahoma.
  • Highway Department: Key parts of new Clarendon bridge installed upside down.

    The future of the old Highway 79 bridge at Clarendon is uncertain, but it's a good thing the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department jump the gun on demolishing it.  That's because the new bridge at Clarendon — or at least the western approach, which is elevated over U.S. Fish and Wildlife wetlands — is snakebit.
  • A modest proposal for charter schools

    It was just a little over a year ago when Baker Kurrus was hired as the superintendent of the Little Rock School District. With new Education Commissioner Johnny Key there was a strong concern that the Little Rock school system would be converted to all charter schools and the entire public education system would disappear.
  • Mansion wars

    It has never been as consequential as Versailles, which helped trigger the French Revolution, but the royal palace of Arkansas's First Family has always been an object of political intrigue.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation