Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Here's to a great 2015!

I have had a blast in 2014.  It isn't every year that you get the opportunity to see both living Beatles in concert in the same week, or attend two Beatle conventions, or have a fun part in a community theater production of a musical.

I have read so many people saying how terrible 2014 was for them, and I my heart goes out to anyone who lost a loved one or went through a difficult time in the past year.   I hope that the music of the Beatles and some of the fun photos I have posted on this blog brought at least a small glimmer of happiness in your life.

As the year of the Beatles 50th anniversary comes to an end, I want to take the time to thank some people who really made this year special:

To my mom, Coral Schmidt:  Thank you for always being ready to go on another Beatles adventure with me.

To Jude Southerland Kessler:  Thank you for allowing me to be on your radio show this year.   It was really a fun experience.  You have been such a great Beatles friend.

To Lana Staggs:   Thanks also to you, Lana for putting me on your radio show this year!  It was so great to see you at the Ringo concert.

To Brother Michael:  Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.   I appreciate your help in typing things up and for your emails.   You are MTBFR's #1 fan!

To Mister Kite:  You make me laugh and make me shake my head at the same time.  Ringo and Paul are still amazing to me.   But I thank you for making me think.

To Ben in France:  Thank you for the photos and conversations.

To Lizzie, Bruno, Graame, Mark  Luis, Since1963, Vincent  and anyone else who has sent photos and/or stories to me this past year!   Thank you so much!   It is folks like you that make this blog better and better every year.

To Mark Lewisohn:  Thank you for writing the best Beatles book ever and for meeting me this year.  The mere fact that you look at this blog still freaks me out.

And to everyone who visit MTBFR every day and even those who right click and save without saying anything to me....I thank you for coming here and I hope you all continue to enjoy this place in the future.

I hope  as we get into 2015 that great things will continue.   Plans are in the works for the 50th anniversary of Help as well as other things from 1965 to tie into 2015.   Happy new year Beatle friends!


  1. Sara, thank you for your beautiful blog. I visit regularly without feeling the urge to comment, but I enjoy it a lot, especially the beautiful memories certain photos and stories bring back! Keep up the good work and I wish you a very good, healthy 2015! From a fan in Belgium. Ria XX

  2. Hi Sara. Thank you for a wonderful blog and for all the great posts, etc. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  3. Hi Sara: Thanks for your dedication to your blog and for constantly amazing us with photos we've never seen and stories we haven't heard. Just when I think I've seen it all in my 50 years as a Beatles fan, you find something that boggles the mind. Yours is by far the most interesting Beatles blog out there. I always look forward to updates. Congrats on a job well done and keep up the great work. Wishing you a happy, healthy and successful 2015!

  4. Dear Sara, I also want to thank you for all the time, effort and $ you put into making this such a wonderful blog! I come here every day and I know once my book is out I will have much more time not only to read all the wonderful stories but contribute with more scans and comments. 2014 was a good year for me, a difficult one, but still - at 63, and having lost so many friends over the years, including several Beatle friends - I am thankful to be alive, to witness the wonder of each new day, to look out my window right now and see the lush mountains and the Christ statue - I am very blessed! I saw Paul live three times this year, and also saw him pass by very close (he didn't look my way and I'm too shy to shout out his name...), went to an amazing Beatles Day in the city of Porto Alegre here in Brazil (where I spoke in front of 300+ people and later on sang in front of thousands and thousands - there were 20.000 people attending the event!), I regularly met different groups of Beatle friends, listened to Andre Gardner's show every week, etc. I am still in touch with many of my Beatle friends from the 60's from all over the world, so my life as a fan is just as active as ever! Have a wonderful 2015, and I hope we can meet in person sometime soon! All the best to everyone who reads the blog - some of which are my personal friends!

  5. Happy New Year, Sara. Thank you so much for all you do. I hope you realize how much I appreciate your site. It's fantastic.