Harrison historical marker to be unveiled

2013-08-26T02:00:00Z 2013-09-12T11:49:23Z Harrison historical marker to be unveiledBY BECKY MALKOVICH THE SOUTHERN The Southern
August 26, 2013 2:00 am  • 

BENTON — Plans are being finalized for the celebration marking the 50th anniversary of “the first Beatle in America.”

George Harrison’s 1963 visit to Benton will be remembered during the celebration that includes the unveiling and dedication of a historical marker on the Benton Public Square.

Harrison, a member of The Beatles, was the first of his band mates to travel to the United States. He spent nearly three weeks visiting his sister, then a Benton resident, and got to know the region and a number of its residents during his travels.

The Harrison marker will be placed by the Illinois State Historical Society in Capitol Park, Harrison Committee member Robert Rea said.

“This site allows visibility to passing motorist at all times and provides much greater pedestrian traffic as opposed to the originally proposed location east of courthouse,” Rea said.

The marker will be unveiled and dedicated in a ceremony beginning at 2 p.m., Harrison Committee Chairman Jim Kirkpatrick said.

Harrison’s sister Louise will be in attendance, he said.

“We received confirmation from Louise that she will be at the dedication ceremony,” he said.

Other speakers include ISHS executive director William Furry and a number of people who got to know Harrison during his visit. Musical performances, souvenirs and memorabilia will also be a part of the


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  1. davebenz
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    davebenz - September 19, 2013 12:52 am
    George and his music were as much a part of my childhood as any other influence. I believe that it is a wonderful tribute. And for his sister to be in attendance (what a lovely woman) is truly an honor to Benton.

    I'll be there, and I hope that the turnout is commensurate with the significance of the 50 year anniversary of the visit from such a (at least retrospectively) dignitary.

    Hope to see you there!


    (And who can hear "Something" without feeling just a twinge of the love that George so generously spread? Or "Here Comes the Sun" without feeling at least some of the joy of George's optimism?)

  2. OLD JOE
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    OLD JOE - August 27, 2013 11:19 am
    I read the comments before the story. And will have to agree with Chicken 1, a waste of money.
    I was never a fan of the Beatles and I never lived in a yellow submarine. My opinion the Beatles was on the same level as Tiny Tim.

    Tip toe through the Tulips made as much sense as we all live in a yellow submarine.
  3. Ed Sullivan
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    Ed Sullivan - August 27, 2013 10:48 am
    You're confused, chicken. A generous and thoughtful artist who changed society, and the world, for the better, over decades and generations, should be so honored with a statue. A talentless 'community organizer', who sucks up tax dollars to do nothing to help anyone, and instead, tries to push our society into ever more dependency on the government, deserves only a boot to the rear.
  4. chicken1
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    chicken1 - August 26, 2013 9:25 pm
    What a waste of time and money. Will there be signs over the freeways entering Chicago proclaiming Obama slept here also?
  5. EdKociela
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    EdKociela - August 26, 2013 3:22 pm
    What a fitting tribute. A chapter of my latest book, "It Rocked! (Recollections of a reclusive rock critic)" is dedicated to George who, as I knew him, was certainly misnamed when called "The Quiet Beatle." The book, as a matter of fact, has an introduction written by Gavin de Becker, who provided security services for the Harrison family during George's final years.
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