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Poetic Thoughts - Kip And The Beatles - by C.W. Pruitt II
posted: Sept. 15, 2022

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Kip And The Beatles

I first met Kip Sexson outside of the legendary Paco's Cantina in 1999 [Paco's was just east of College on Broad Ripple Avenue]. I liked Kip right away. But I super-liked (let's say loved) Kip when I discovered his reverence for the Beatles. I put him in exalted status as I would a Quaker or a Buddhist. Kip would say "The Beatles were all about love." I found Kip's affection for the Beatles infectious.
I saw Kip a lot over the next couple of years after meeting him. And on those occasions I learned more of Kip's religion.
Then 2 years ago Kip moved 2 doors down from me at Carriage House Glendale. We picked up right where we left off. Kip decorated his apartment in Beatle-heavy fashion. And I learned more of the origin of Kip's Beatles love.
Kip was 13 years old when the Beatles came to the Indiana State Fair in 1964. Kip sat in the seventh row, so he was able to see the band and hear the music. Waves of screams moved across the Coliseum. Kip felt like he was in the eye of a storm. Kip said it was like a religious experience. The Beatles entered quickly, played their 12 song set, and exited quickly. And during that short amount of time, the Beatles dropped the Love Bomb on Kip.

Poetic Thoughts - Kip And The Beatles - by C.W. Pruitt II

Kip has a phenomenal memory for that day in 1964. That concert made a deep and lasting impression on Kip.
I said to Kip, "I bet that you are a better person for having seen the Beatles that day." And Kip said, "The love you take is equal to the love you make," (John Lennon)


cw@broadripplegazette.com
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