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Sisters who remember fateful meeting with Fab Four visit Catalina Schaaf girls describe how the Beatles were in their youth COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM It is no secret that the Beatles had a major effect on numerous people's lives. Certainly, Pattie Boyd's life changed forever when she met George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night. Boyd recently described her memories of her time with George, and all of the Beatles, during the Catalina Island Museum's 50th anniversary screening of the film over the 4th of July weekend. In 1964 a couple of teenag- ers from Harbor City were lucky enough to meet the Fab Four not long after A Hard Day's Night was released. This meeting is some- thing the Schaaf sisters will never forget. Upon hearing about the chance to meet Pattie Boyd at the Catalina Island Museum's event, they knew this was the perfect cel- ebration of their once in a lifetime experience 50 years ago. After hearing their story and meeting them at the A Hard Day's Night event, the Catalina Island Museum spoke with Janet (Schaaf) Gunter who shared their story. Please describe your experi- ence of being at the Beatles con- cert in Las Vegas in 1964 and how you got to meet them back stage. My sister Monica and I were immediate Beatles fans. Our father had died two years prior ing my mother with four chil- dren and times were not easy. For ;my sister (blind since infancy) and me, the Beatles gave us something to be positive and excited about. My Uncle had stepped in as Catalina Island Museum Executive Director, Dr. Michael De Marsche interviewing Pattie Boyd following the 50th anniversaryscreening of "A Hard Day's Night" In the Avalon Casino Theatre on July 6. Courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum. a father figure and tried to get us, and a girlfriend tickets to see them at the Hollywood Bowl. But, the concert sold out immediately. So, in true hero fashion, Uncle Warren bought us tickets for Las Vegas. It ended up becoming a very rare and special trip for the entire family! There were two performances at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, a matinee at 4 p.m. and an evening concert. We had tickets for the matinee.  The screwing began before the BeatIg:;een arrived on stage. And, when they finally did appear, the volume of screams was off the charts! InStantly, all of the hys- terical fans were standing on their chairs in order to see the boys. I jumped onto my chair and looked down to see my sister still sitting. I noticed her trembling lip and tears running down her face. I began to realize she wasn't going to "see" anything and I tried then to "listen" to the music. You could hear only screaming. All of a sudden I wasn't enjoy- ing the experience as much as I was before. I was adamant that Monica had to meet th had to be a way! After our concert, the adults were going out for a Vegas dinner and evening. We kids were going to be taken for hamburgers and a movie. However, I played "sick" and requested that we be left at the hotel. With trepidation the family agreed to do so. As soon as they left, we bolted out the hotel door and spent our movie money to get back to the Convention Center. The Convention Center was a round building with multiple doors. We proceeded to go around the building repeatedly knocking on doors and telling anyone that answered our dilemma with the request that Monica be allowed to meet the Beatles. We were told a number of things about why that was simply "impossible." Finally, one of the security guards that we had spo- July 18 through July 24 Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated PG Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10,00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission No enrollment, No paperwork, No income qualifications OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. All children ages 2-18 are welcome. No infant meals will be available. Lunches served June 30th -August 1,2014 (closed July 4th) No necesita inscribirse, Ni Comprobar ingresos ABIERTO AL POBLICO de 10:30 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. los nifios cuyas edades sean de 2 a 18 afios son elegibles' No habr, alimentos disponibles para beb6s Habr& almuerzos disponibles del 30 de junio al 1 de agosto, 2014 (cerrado el 4 de julio) AqROYO ken to materialized at the top of the steps at the back stage door with Beatles manager, Mal Evans. We were standing in a sea of Beatles fans when I noticed them obviously search- ing visually through the crowd. I began waving my arms and we pushed our way to the base of the steps where Evans took my sister's hand and escorted her back stage. My girlfriend and I were instructed, "not to move !" Our excitement was over the top! About a half an hour later, Evans again appeared with my sister at the platform. As we worked our way toward the stairs, Evans waved us to come up. When we got there, Evans took the three of us backstage, just behind the massive steel utility door and alongside the Beatles black limousine parked and waiting. Evans explained that the Beatles were in a press confer- ence and would be out soon to meet us. We were to simply wait for them. I was dumbstruck as I thought we were only going to be collecting my sister. We stood there like frozen sol- diers trying to absorb the incred- ible situation that we were in and wondering if it was really just a dream! While we stood there waiting we saw the Righteous Brothers walking to and from their dressing room. We then listened to their open- ing act. Before too long, the Beatles came through the hallway door from their press conference and walked directly up to us on their way to the stage. Each of them individually introduced themselves and shook hands with the three of us paying special attention to Monica. They all seemed so calm, friendly and easy going. Nothing special said, just "Hellos" and "How are you?" types of things. I'm amazed that we could maintain our compo- sure! At 14...Believe wasn't easy! As we watched them leave us and get closer to the stage,, they picked up their pace...and then we heard the announcement..."And here they are, The Beatles!!" The roar of screams was tremendous .... but, standing there.:, backstage .... we could actually "hear" the music!! So, Monica got a dou- ble bonus present! We expected someone to come and tell us to leave, but that didn't happen! Suddenly, there was a flurry of action around the limo. The limo and the two police motorcycles inside the steel door now had their drivers. We could hear even more motorcycles on the outside. And still, no one said a word to the three of us standing there. In a short time, like the scene out of "A Hard Days Night" the boys came running off stage and past us to the waiting car. The Beatles were all waving. But Paul's voice rang above all the noise, "Good bye, Monica!" As they jumped into the car, they could be seen brushing away all the candy and little "treasures" that they ended up sitting on. But, then as the car sat waiting for their exit, Paul turned around to wave out the back window and blew a kiss. He mouthed Beatles, Page 10 6 i Friday, July 18, 2014 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER