Bob Gusikoff and The Beatles
- Dear Hardbat friends and UFO's,
He [Brian Epstein]really did have a
THE BEATLES: AN ORAL HISTORY
Like Mr. Epstein, Bob had (and still does) a vision
for our Game.
Too distract myself, I have been reading up on Rock
and Roll history. The history of The Beatles has
given me many ideas on promoting.
The venal forces that controlled Rock and Roll around
1958 might be analogous to the material forces (the
sponge manufactures and the petite bourgeoise who sell
their products) that control our Game.
Brian Epstein introduced George Martin to the Beatles.
Around October 1962, George Martin (The Beatles
record producer, considered by many the 5th Beatle)
told the EMI executives in England about the Beatles
they thought he'd was coming up with another of his
Goon jokes. They thought that he was coming up with
another comedy record, and he was just spoofing about
it. Then when he played The Beatles music to them,
they thought he had gone slightly mad. NOBODY
BELIEVED IN IT AT ALL. He had to really fight within
his own company to get their first album promoted.
The American market was only conquered when the public
was able to hear and see The Beatles. The record
companies around 1958 were only interested in
propagating the bland cotton-candy music: Bob this
and Bobby that. The wanted nothing to do with The
Beatles because America was the "fountainhead of Rock
and Roll." Only when the people were allowed to hear
The Beatles was the music world changed forever.
From my first contact with Bob at his celebrity-haunt
table tennis club in 1976, he has never been afraid to
speak his mind on our Game, even though it offended
some of the overly sensitive people who control our
Game. He's always thought that the technological
advance of the sponge ruined our game.
The best forum for promoting the Classic Hardbat game
to get our senior champions (Messes. Schift, Reisman,
Miles, Belloc, etc.) involved in promoting a benefit
tournament for Bob (or any other senior in need of
assistance). Helping our senior players might be the
best forum for getting our game into the media.
Wolves and dolphins support their seniors in
trouble, we HB players can do the same and change the
table tennis world. Hardbat International cares.
Thank you for helping Bob in his time of need.
Yours in Hardbat,
Anyone who would like to write/send a donation ($5,
okay), please send your it Mr. Bob Gusikoff, %Table
Tennis, P.O. Box 207, Santa Monica, CA 90406.
--- jgrinnel <jgrinnel@...> wrote:
> I received a Thank You note from Bobby yesterday...__________________________________________________
> He said he appreciated the help and kindness...and
> that the check was
> "a big help".
> I think we can all be proud of ourselves.
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