The article below appeared in today's New York Daily news, tracking down fans who met the Beatles on film in 1964...this seems to be the first one, and it's cute...you can barely see the picture in question behind the woman as she is today, which I have posted below...she's the little girl on John's shoulders.
Yesterday and today
By BRIAN HARMON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sunday, January 25th, 2004
The little 5-year-old hoisted above three of the Beatles was downright petrified.
With a quivering lip, Debbie Fyall scanned the crowd of photographers in Central Park for her daddy.
"I was a little scared because I couldn't see my parents," said Debbie, as she recalled that moment 40 years ago when she met John, Paul and Ringo during the Beatles' maiden trip to America (George Harrison was at the hotel with the flu).
"I saw the sea of camera lenses in front of me. Then I looked over and saw my father, who said, 'It's okay, I'm here.'"
Debbie, now 45, was tracked down this week by the Daily News when Capitol Records and Apple Corps Ltd. announced a search for her and other New Yorkers pictured during the Beatles' first U.S. visit, in 1964.
Harry Benson, the photographer who lifted her to John Lennon's shoulder, confirmed Debbie Fyall, now Debbie Waugh, was indeed that little girl.
A framed photo that captured what Debbie calls her "10 seconds of fame" hangs prominently in the kitchen of the home she shares with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Alexandria, Va.
For Eva and Enid Gonzalez, their moment of fame came when a documentary crew came to their family's midtown apartment to film them watching the Beatles' U.S. debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
Albert Maysles, who produced the documentary with his late brother David, confirmed that the Gonzalez girls are featured in the film.
"I saw their pictures, and, yep, it's them," said the veteran filmmaker.
Maysles and the Gonzalez sisters will meet again, courtesy of Capitol Records. They're flying to New York today for a Beatles gala tomorrow morning at The Plaza hotel.
The event will celebrate the American launch of the remastered DVD documentary of the Beatles' historic visit. "I was such a Paul [McCartney] fanatic. I would sit there for hours and hours playing their songs over and over," said Enid, a Unilever clerk who, along with Eva, moved to Puerto Rico over 20 years ago. Enid has two grown sons, and Eva is raising two teenagers.
There would be another brush with the Beatles for Enid, one far more tragic. On the night Lennon was fatally shot, Enid was working as a secretary on the fifth floor of Roosevelt Hospital, where the ex-Beatle was pronounced dead. For Waugh, meeting the Beatles was a matter of knowing the right person. Her father, Andrew Fyall, was a London Daily Express reporter following the Beatles.
"I remember my parents in the morning saying, 'Get dressed. We're going to see the Beatles.' And I didn't really know what that meant," said Waugh, now a part-time teacher at a horticulture center.
"I remember John Lennon asking me my name and how old I was. He hoisted me up onto his shoulders. I was the only kid around at that point."
Waugh, who'll miss the gala tomorrow because of a travel conflict, said she became "a great fan" of the Beatles. "It's always been a big part of my life. It's been a great conversation piece," she said of the picture. "People often do a double-take when they see it and say, 'Is that really you?'"