Thursday, February 5, 2004

Camera was ticket to limo ride



Cincinnati photographer Gordon Baer remembers the Beatles' Cincinnati invasion well. He was a photographer at the Cincinnati Post when they came to Crosley Field in August of 1966 on their last tour.

"I had the day off, and I just felt like I had to be there. I had press credentials, of course, so it was easy for me to go in and shoot. A promoter and friend greased the wheels for me.

"It was incredible because all that time, I was within two feet of them."

Baer spent about half an hour with them, most of it in the limo, and found them "warm and personable. What came through was their humor and their lighthearted take on life.

"They even thanked me. A woman in the audience had given me a leather ring for Ringo. I don't remember, but I think it was George Harrison I gave it to in the limo."

Baer shot at least 150 pictures in the limo and far more during the performance. Today, he has a thriving business selling them, sometimes as many as 20 a day for $24.50 (8 by 10) and up. View them at gbphoto.com.

Jim Knippenberg




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