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Re: “Walnut Ridge's fast hello, goodbye with Beatles

To gain insight regarding the Beatles sculpture in Walnut Ridge, you might want to check out this time lapse video.…

Posted by Charles Snapp on 09/20/2011 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Walnut Ridge's fast hello, goodbye with Beatles

The WR Beatles visit was a brief encounter, but a memorable one for so many. Also, when you tie in the relationship the Beatles early music had to rockabilly, then factor in the 100 feet long, 40 foot wide Guitar Walk we plan to build next summer, recognizing the musical heritage of the musician who played up an down the Rock n' Roll Highway 67 ... the picture becomes much clearer. Though brief, their visit did impact the town and has done so again.

As far as the "stretch" Bob Tucker mentioned ... I would think he would be thanking us. I wonder; "when was the last time was that he did this many interviews in a two week period?" In fact, I already knew how he felt ... before I suggested the Wall Street Journal call him, or before I set him up for a TV documentary interview, yet I still urged them to tell his story, as he did fly in on the plane with The Beatles to Walnut Ridge. And there's no doubt, he is a gifted musician.
Truth be, IF, repeat ... IF, his reference to this being such a "stretch" is correct, I'd say I've been doing a great job at stretching, since the WSJ would have not been talking to him, without my marketing efforts. In fact, would you be discussing it here ... had I not been doing a good job at making that "stretch"? :-)
On another note, when is the last time you've heard of a project of this magnitude being done without the help and support of "YOUR" tax dollars? Well, that's exactly what we are doing here. The Beatles tribute, "The British Invasion of the Rock n' Roll Highway" was paid for without a single state or federal grant and we're within $15K of building the giant Guitar Walk, again ... without using "YOUR" tax dollars.
This past Sundays event was about unveiling a world class sculpture, with over 500 man-hours of labor involved in the piece itself. It's of suitable quality to be placed in any major city in the world, but we have it in Walnut Ridge and you really should see it.
In fact, what started out as two tourist attractions, targeted toward preserving our musical heritage and economic develop through tourism, has turned in to a revitalization effort for our town. Goggle "Invest in your Dreams"+Walnut Ridge and I would think you will see just how in-depth our efforts are.
Thanks again for discussing what we are doing and for helping us keep Bob's "stretch" alive. Hope to see you soon ... from the stretcher himself, Charles Snapp.

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Posted by Charles Snapp on 09/20/2011 at 10:12 PM


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