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Wed October 23, 2013
Were You One Of The Miami Teens Photographed By Beatle Ringo Starr In 1964?
Update 3:12 p.m. Oct. 24: The mystery of the identity of the kids in a car whose photo was snapped by Ringo Starr during The Beatles first visit to the America may have been solved.
Sadly, Starr may have gotten his cities mixed up. The photo was likely not taken in Miami, but in New York.
A Boston attorney says he recognizes the kids in the photograph, which began circulating earlier this week, as his classmates at Fair Lawn Senior High School in New Jersey in 1964.
And he told the Miami Herald in an email here’s how the teens came to cross paths with The Beatles:
When the Beatles landed in New York on Feb.7, 1964, the high school seniors decided they had to be there as part of the throng of teenagers greeting the band.
“The kids cut classes at Fair Lawn HS and went to LaGuardia Airport to meet the Beatles,” said attorney Kenneth Kolpan, a fellow classmate who was not part of the group that day. “On the way from LaGuardia, they saw four limos and thought it was a funeral, but each limo carried a Beatle.”
Starr must have snapped the photo of the teens at that moment of recognition.
Kolpan identified the students. Unfortunately, two have died.
The driver is the late Gary Van Dursen; the passenger in the front seat is Robert Toth, he said.
In the back seat, leaning out of the car window, is Charles Schwartz, of Sonoma , Calif.
The girl on the left is the late Matty Blender of Portland, Oregon.
The second young woman, to the right, is Arlen Norbe Ressler.
So far, there is to independent verification from anyone in the car that they are in the photograph, which is featured in Starr’s new book, Photograph, set to be released in print by Genesis Publications in November.
Starr has said he would like to meet the teen in that photograph he has kept for 49 years.
If you were a Beatles fan who chased down the Fab Four when they visited Miami in February 1964, Ringo Starr wants to meet you.
Starr wants to know if you were one of the fresh-faced kids who piled into a convertible and pulled up next to the Beatles’ moving car, trying to get the attention of what was the world’s most famous band.
Starr snapped a photo of the teens — four males and two females; the sixth person is barely visible in the back seat of the car.
Starr recently told USA Today he would like to meet the teens who stared back at him with mixed expressions of surprise and excitement. They would be in their 60s now.
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