On a stormy Tuesday in February of 1964, Karen Muldoon put on her boots and trundled out in the snow to greet the Beatles. A high school junior at the time, she had the day off, thanks to the weather.
With a little help from her parents and Mother Nature’s blessing, the Yardley, Pa. resident got a handshake and an autograph as the Fab Four traveled through New Jersey.
Muldoon’s mother took her to the rail station in Trenton and they boarded an 11:59 a.m. express train to Washington, D.C. called the Congressman. The teen’s heart fluttered while she made her way through the coaches, strolling towards a sleeper car that had been rented out to transport a group of mop topped musicians from New York to Washington.
Fifty years ago, the Beatles transfixed television audiences with their exuberant pop tunes on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” More than 70 million viewers tuned in to see the band’s American TV debut on Feb. 9, 1964.
Two days later, the lads from Liverpool embarked on a magical mystery tour of the Garden State. (more…)