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Ringo Starr Finds Teens in Magical Mystery Pic; Tells Them Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You (Video)

By Staff Writer | October 27, 2013 08:13 PM EDT

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Ringo Starr found a photo from The Beatles first American tour. The shot was taken from the Beatles tour bus going at about fifty miles an hour, but the picture came out good. It showed six teenage Beatle fans in a car. Ringo got to wondering, whatever happened to these kids? Now that he’s putting out a new book of photography and some new sounds, Ringo decided to ask them to come forward.

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They did. But they didn’t get to meet Ringo Starr.

Ringo Starr has been everywhere lately. He's been talking about almost nothing else. He's got a book and new music coming out, but all he was doing was going on TV and lookiing for those kids. Ringo Starr put out an APB, an All Points Bulletin looking for six teenagers photographed 49 years ago. Was he going to invite them to jam in his All Star Band? It looked like Ringo was going to take out ads and put up posters on subway walls.

Ringo Starr, the man who translated Paul McCartney’s lopsided drum instructions on “Ticket to Ride” to revolutionize rhythm, has been on every morning show looking for the identities of the six teenagers who’s picture he took The Beatles’ first U.S. visit in February 1964.

Well, they’re from New Jersey’s Fair Lawn High School.

Thanks, really, that’s all he wanted to know.

In an interview earlier this week Ringo Starr told CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy that he’s not planning to meet the former youngsters. He just wanted to know who they were. He’s sure they’re very nice, but no, thanks, maybe he’ll send them some free photography books, because he also gave up signing autographs, but they won’t be coming by for tea.

One of the former teenagers, Bob Toth, who’s now 66 and still living in Fair Lawn, N.J., as a engineers, says “Sure I’d love to meet him.”

The other five students in the car were identified as Gary Van Duersen, Suzanne Rayot, Arlene Norbe, Charlie Schwartz and the late Matt Blender.

Charlie Schwartz says “I’ve never forgotten that day. I’ve told the story many times over the years.”

The six teens skipped school to catch The Beatles when they landed at JFK Airport. Toth said “It was disappointing. We got to the airport, and we couldn’t get near the place. We turned around and started to go home.”

But they couldn’t get past the Beatles motorcade. Toth says, We got next to Ringo’s car and he started talking to us. We were going 50 miles an hour. He said ‘Hello.’ We said, ‘Welcome to America!’”


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