Fab mo­ment

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - THIS CITY -

WHILE Bea­tles fans con­tinue to bask in the afterglow of Paul McCart­ney’s tri­umphant con­cert this past week, 49 years ago to­day all four of the Bea­tles stopped, al­beit fleet­ingly, in our fair city.

That’s right. At 2: 05 p. m. on Aug. 18, 1964, the Fab Four first set their Bea­tle- booted feet in Canada at Win­nipeg In­ter­na­tional Air­port. They were greeted by some 1,000 scream­ing fans.

In­tended as a rou­tine 25- minute re­fu­elling stop, word leaked out the Bea­tles were on board a flight from Lon­don to Los An­ge­les that day to be­gin their first full North Amer­i­can tour. “Around noon, I got a call from the pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor for Air Canada who was a good friend of mine,” re­called CJAY TV per­son­al­ity Bob Burns, host of the pop­u­lar Teen Dance Party. “‘ Get out to the air­port for the in­ter­view of your life,’ he told me.”

Ra­dio sta­tions CKY and CKRC were also tipped off and an­nounced the im­mi­nent ar­rival of Liver­pool’s most fa­mous ex­ports, re­sult­ing in a mass of teenagers de­scended on the air­port. Traf­fic was blocked and the park­ing lot jammed. As the Pan Amer­i­can Lock­heed Elec­tra, dubbed “Jet Clip­per Bea­tles,” tax­ied to a halt, they un­leashed a deaf­en­ing roar. “We want the Bea­tles!” With no plans to dis­em­bark,


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