READING, Pa. — Some 20 students enrolled in the Penn State Berks Beatles honors course turned into day trippers on Sunday, April 8, traveling to New York City for a walking tour of Fab Four historic points "here, there and everywhere"; a presentation by one of the world’s leading Beatles experts and enthusiasts; and a visit to the New York Public Library’s current 1960s U.S. history and culture exhibit.
Taught since 2016 by Thomas Lynn, associate professor of English, the course INART 205: Introducing the Beatles offers undergraduates a detailed overview of the music and lives of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and their impact on the world.
The Fab 4 NYC Walking Tour, led by native New Yorker Susan Ryan who has been a Beatles expert for 40 years and a published writer of fiction, features, news, reviews and editorials about the group, covered several locations including Radio City Music Hall, Warwick Hotels and Resorts, the Plaza New York, Carnegie Hall, the Dakota Apartments, Strawberry Field and Tavern on the Green — both located in Central Park, the Ed Sullivan Theater and the Apple Records offices in Manhattan.
The Beatles may not have enjoyed touring as much as the students enjoyed walking in their footsteps. According to Ringo, “Touring was murder. We hardly saw any of America because we had to stay inside hotel rooms all of the time (including at the Plaza and at the Warwick). We were always dead beat.”