There are places we remember all our lives.
On a soft English summer evening at peaceful twilight, I stand before an ornate gate, its iron bars painted bright red, that connects two high stone pillars. Trees whisper overhead, and birds sing their welcome to the oncoming night. Through eyes wide with wonder and smeared with happy tears I read the words on the pillars: Strawberry Field. I have never been here before. But oh, how I remember this place!
It is today, as it was in the 1950s when a boy named John Lennon would come around the corner to attend band concerts, a girls' orphanage run by the Salvation Army. The rambling Victorian mansion that once commanded the grounds has been replaced by a functional but prosaic series of flats. Strolling through the grounds, I come upon a swing set and a sandbox, a single shoe, a soccer ball, and an abandoned teddy bear. I stoop to pick up the bear, and as I straighten, a movement above me
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Publication information: Book title: The Beatles Come to America. Contributors: Martin Goldsmith - Author. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons. Place of publication: Hoboken, NJ. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 1.
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