My name is Pat Kinzer Mancuso and I am a Beatles Fan. Sounds like what you say when you join a Alcoholics Anonymous meeting doesn’t it?
Well, I guess being a Beatles Fan is rather like having an addiction. One day you hear or see the Beatles and you are completely hooked…and like being an alcoholic, it doesn’t go away. It might go dormant for a while, but it always comes back and bites you all over again.
That’s the way it was with me. In January 1964, I was bitten by the Beatlemania bug. I took it to the extreme and started a fan club for George Harrison. I contacted his parents. I had their approval…they put me in touch with their other children, and one of George’s cousins as well.
I advertised the fan club in a magazine, and before you knew it, I was running a business at the age 16. I couldn’t have done it without my parents or George’s family. The month “Teen Screen” magazine hit the newsstands with my fan club advertisement, our “business” was underway.
I visited George at his home twice – and he signed my fan club charter so I could use the word “Official” before the club’s name. It was now the Official George Harrison Fan Club. Time marched on, and I soon had over 1000 members all over the world. When the end of the Beatles was near, things started to get ugly. I HAD to join the Official Beatles Fan Club which I absolutely didn’t want to do…..but George wanted me to do it, so I did.
A couple years later, the entire Official Beatles Fan Club was disbanded. I never wanted to be in it anyway, so I wasn’t too upset – until I found out it was my last newsletter that instigated it. George didn’t like something in it, and the ending of the Beatles fan club got blamed on me.
Nobody would tell me what it was in the newsletter he didn’t like but I figured it out. For the next couple of decades, I suffered with this knowledge. Then I decided to write a book about the whole experience. “Do You Want to Know a Secret? The Story of the Official George Harrison Fan Club” was published in 2005.
Over the next couple of months after publication, the whole story started to unravel. I put the pieces of the puzzle together and figured out what I think really happened. The answer to the “secret” is in my new book “Do You Promise Not to Tell? The Final Story of the Official George Harrison Fan Club”.