At least immediately, or else you wouldn't be here. With all the nostalgia of 2/9/64 about to rain down on us, and all the countless interviews/testimonials through the years that run along the lines of "I saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, and it changed my life forever. I knew I had to get a guitar...", it occurred to me that the event didn't necessarily leave an impression on everybody here at TB that was alive and nominally conscious at the time. Age wise, I think it hit kids who were about 12 to 16 the hardest. As for me, I had just turned 9, and even though I saw the second appearance the following week and my parents purchased "MTB" for me, it was kind of a fleeting thing, not so much a fad but just another media sensation in a long procession of such things. Soon after, my attention turned to James Bond, GI Joe, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Man From UNCLE, The Munsters, etc, etc. I never pursued any other rock'n'roll records until summer of '66, when, finally fed up with the MOR on the radio station my mother listened to, I made the jump to the archetypical screamin' boss jock top 40 outlet. For the longest time I had distain for anything that teenagers were involved with, because I thought it was all stupid 'Frankie & Annette' stuff. Such a serious kid! I think the first thing I heard was the Yardbirds' 'Over Under Sideways Down'. THAT left an impression. Psychedelia soon followed, so you could say I was at least caught up in the ripple effect of the events of exactly 50 years ago. So what's your story? And for those of you far too young to have experienced any of it, don't kid yourself, the ripples have reached you in one way or another.