Song is gone, but Melody Lingers On
Kansas City Star
Their song has ended, but the echo lingers on. In the first placid day AB (After Beatles), new freshets of incredibility burst forth to add to the stream of rich folk legend.
The rumpled bed linen used by the Beatles during their one day stay in Kansas City –16 sheets and eight pillow cases has been sold for $750. Officials of the Hotel Muehlebach confirmed the transaction today between the hotel and a man named Lawrence Einhorn of Chicago.
Einhorn called long distance yesterday, the spokesman said, even before the Beatles had left for Dallas, and offered to buy the used linen. His check for $750 was to have been mailed last night from Chicago. Einhorn could not be reached today at his home, and his precise reason for wanting the linen is not known by the hotel.
Muehlebach officials said they were besieged most of yesterday, and expect to be again today, by requests for articles used or touched by the four singers. There have, however, been no other purchase offers.
One girl yesterday dialed the switchboard and asked if the hotel would save the bathtub in which Paul, George, Ringo and John, presumably sometime between their 2 o’clock in the morning arrival and their departure last night –bathed.
The tub, the hotel declared, certainly will be saved. It will be saved right there in the $100 a day Terrace penthouse, and anyone who can foot the rent is welcome to soak in it.
A doubtful claim was raised last night by an operator in a downtown beauty salon, who said she was called to the Beatles’ room late yesterday afternoon to administer a rigidly supervised trim.
“I got out my scissors –they said I had to use scissors and tapered their bangs just one quarter of an inch,” she said.
“The Beatles just bantered back and forth, but their managers watched me like a hawk to make sure Id didn’t take off any more than I was supposed to.”
The beautician said she was told: “Don’t take the hair.”
“I sure didn’t want it,” she said. She declined to give her name, fearful, she said, that “those kids will drive me crazy.”
Maj James Newman, one of the police officers directing security coverage during the Beatles’ visit, said he doubted the woman’s story.
“The Beatles said at their press conference they hadn’t had a barber since they left England,” he noted, “and didn’t intend to. I think we’d have known about it.”
There were other sagas of misadventure and triumph. The plans of two fans who drove five hours and 250 miles to attend the concert were canceled abruptly at the last minute when their car and another collided downtown as they were going to the Municipal Stadium. Nervous and outwardly disgusted but not seriously hurt in the accident at Thirteenth street and Grand Avenue were two sisters from Florissant, Missouri – Miss Judith Ann White, 22, and Miss Janet Sue White, 15. Judith suffered a bruised right shoulder and Janet a bruised right eye.
The girls had $8.50 ticket for the performance but refused offers of transportation to the stadium after the accident. “We decided we were too nervous to go; we couldn’t really enjoy them now,” the older sister said after the wreck about 7 o’clock.
She said she and her sister had gone to the hotel to try to get a glimpse of the singers. “We saw some hands but we don’t’ know if they were theirs,” she added.
Even a train derailment could not stop 165 Beatle fans from attending the concert. The last car of the group’s special train from Topeka derailed near Wilder in Johnson County. Wilder is just south of Bonner Springs.
Busses were dispatched to take the fans to the stadium and the group arrived on time. There were no injuries.
Five men who police said were selling Beatle buttons and pennants at the stadium were arrested and charged with failure to have a peddler’s license. Three of the men were discharge in municipal court today on pleas of not guilty. Two others were fined $20 each.
In the sobering retrospect of a new day, Charles O. Finley, who is something between $50,000 and $100,000 poorer for having sponsored the show, maintained: “I don’t consider it any loss at all.”
“The Beatles were brought here for the enjoyment of the children in this area,” Finley said, “and watching them last night they had complete enjoyment. I’m happy about that. Mercy hospital benefited by $25,000. The hospital gained, and I had a great gain by seeing the children and the hospital again.”