NOWHERE 40 YEARS AGO
Where are you going?   "Nowhere, I would answer."

By Howard Taylor for the Taylor's:
Melvin H., Louise, Red  and Me (Howard)
 

       In 1966 I went with a friend to Chicago to see the Beatles at Comiskey Park.  We bought tickets when we arrived.  They were $2.50.  They were in the high section, but we could see quite well.  We couldn't hear so well.  Everyone went crazy and were screaming.  On the way up I got a speeding ticket on the Dan Ryan.  I was told that Chicago Police liked stopping Mustangs with out of city stickers.  I'll never know.  I do know I had to return to Chicago to appear in their downtown court with my parents.  We made the trip and listened to WLS all the way there and back.  No problem.  I didn't get in trouble.  I chose to pay the fine instead of going back for training for teens.  It was actually a fun trip with my parents. 

       As far as the concert goes, I only remember looking at people screaming and Paul looking and smiling at me.  Ringo was really good.  All the WLS DJ's were hosting it, and that was neat to see.  Police lined the baseball field in a circle.  Cannibal and Headhunters were the warm up band. 

       The boys, of course, had their neat black suits and ties.  No wonder they quit performing in public. 

       After the concert my friend and I went downtown to see the opening of HELP at the Chicago Theater.  The movie was OK, but I personally was never thrilled with the silliness.  We saw the Beatles and their movie.  I think that was a good experience.

   

HELP IN CHICAGO

WARM-UP BAND FOR THE BEATLES AT COMISKEY PARK

CHECK OUT THE ROSTER OF WLS DJ'S THAT WERE ON THE AIR IN THE MID SIXTIES, AND PRESENT ON STAGE WITH THE BEATLES

OLD COMISKEY FIELD IN CHICAGO, HOME OF THE WHITE SOX WELL INTO THE 80', ALSO HOST OF A BEATLES CONCERT

 

More of My Story

By Howard Taylor

Read about WLS radio, which had all of its' popular DJ's on the stage.  Dick Biondi and Clark Weber were guests of Capitol Records for lunch with the Beatles.  DO YOU ALL REMEMBER WLS?  Clark Weber hosted a dance at the Nowhere on 4th St.  Larry Lujac hosted a dance at the new Nowhere on 6th St., and my Mom (Louise) was in the midst of having Dick Biondi come down, but the Nowhere closed.  Did any of you get records from the DJ's.  They always gave out records to the teens from Central Illinois.  Oh, one last thing, Jim and I went to the Chicago Theater downtown and saw the premiere of HELP.  How exciting was that!

As far as WLS is concerned, our mom took my brother and I (by Ozark plane) to Chicago to visit my Great Uncle and Aunt Ray and Ann.  We went to Riverside Amusement Park and had a ball.  Red and I rode the huge parachute ride and the Silver Bullet roller coaster.  I enjoyed the sideshows including the lady with a beard and the man with alligator skin. 

Uncle Ray took us to WLS studios in Chicago.  He used to be a bus driver in the City.  We went to old WLS location where the barn dance used to occur, but would find the new WLS in another building.  Mom, my brother and I, went up to the studio.  Art Roberts was the DJ on-duty, and came out to talk to us.  He invited my mom to come and talk on the radio, but I believe she turned the offer down.  We got to see the studio and talk to Art Roberts.  We also saw the news announcer do his news. 

My mom (Louise) would later hire WLS DJ's to host dances for us.  Included were Clark Weber, Alan  , and Larry Lujac.  She was in the midst of hiring Dick Biondi (who was on a different radio network at the time), but she decided to close the Nowhere before that happened.  When they came down, they would fly in at the Coles airport.  My dad would put on fire uniform, pick them up and be the host.  They would bring a stack of LP's and 45's to give out to the kids in the audience.  Les Easter would became famous for his Rip-it sound that Larry Lujac would use later.

Now that I think back, my mom was quite a personality.  She got invited to do the news for the new TV station at Terre Haute, but she didn't want to leave her family.  She was good on radio, and would have been great on TV. 

She could mix with U.S. Senators, Illinois governors, college presidents, but most of all the citizens and kids she interviewed on her radio shows.  I have a special website about her history.

It's also kind of funny, but the two bands that were supposed to be "great" and popular, and most expensive:  One Eyed Jacks and REO Speedwagon (both from Champaign) were not well-received by Central Illinois kids.  We didn't know back then that the latter band would become so famous. 

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