On many winter nights in college towns throughout the U.S., it looked as if the Beatles must have dropped in.
During a snowfall on the University of Michigan campus, 5,000 students shivered in sleeping bags while waiting in line all night for tickets. In El Paso the fans pored over obituary notices, calling bereaved families in the tiny hope of snapping up the loved one's ticket.
In Philadelphia, New York, Boston and scores of other cities, it was the same story, all without a Beatle bob in sight.
The attraction was five men,...