A life measured by LP, 8-track, Cassette, CD and MP4

I was in the fourth grade on February 7, 1964. Let me help those who may need some point of reference by noting that others who were around the same age in 1964 were Sally Draper (Mad Men), Kevin Arnold (The Wonder Years) and Dave Winer (Scripting News).

Being in the fourth grade on February 7, 1964 means I am old enough to remember the night the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. It’s impossible for anyone not around in 1964 to comprehend that a band appearing on a U.S. TV show hosted by someone as odd as Ed Sullivan could stop the country cold in its tracks — and change everything that would follow. From the silly (Paul is Dead) to the tragic (John is Dead), events related to the Beatles have served as mile-markers along life’s journey for most people my age. While their music has proven ageless (well, some of it) and appeals to listeners of many generations, those who are around my age think of the Beatles as ours.

As hundreds of books have tried to capture just about everything there is to know about the Beatles, I have only a personal observation.

If someone had told me when I was in the fourth and fifth grades, collecting Beatles cards and carrying my lunch to school in a Beatles lunch box (no, I didn’t save any of that stuff), that 45 years later, it would be big news that I’d have the opportunity to purchase Beatles albums for the fourth or fifth time, I would have thought that to be the most believable thing I’d ever heard.

Of course, back then, I was in the fourth grade.

For the record: As I’ve had iTunes on my computer since January, 2001, I have enjoyed their music on my computer and other electronic devices for a decade (ok, I’ll confess, longer). Today’s announcement means nothing to me except fodder for some omphaloskepsis.