Doctor Who

Doctor Who originally ran from 1963 to 1989, gaining a significant cult following. The show was relaunched in 2005 and is still being produced in 2018, with a new actor playing the lead role every few years.


Wikipedia: Doctor_Who

BBC: Doctor Who

I grew up with Doctor Who, watching it as a child with my dad, who had been watching it since the 80’s. I kind of fell away from it for a while, but as a teenager I once again started watching the show. I started again partly because of the pop culture surrounding it in my school. Everyone watched it, talked about it, “fangirled” over it, and it drew me back in. I also love learning about some of the history behind the fan base; how cons got started, how my father made his old cosplays, how some of the older doctors came back in various adventures later. It made me, and still makes me, feel like I belong to something bigger and more adventuresome than I could ever hope to achieve in the “real world”, and I think that is why I am so drawn to it.

Jessica Johnson

What does Doctor Who mean to you? Are you a fan of the new, the old, or both?


The Beatles Arrive in America

On February 7, 1964, the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. with I Want to Hold Your Hand arrived in the United States.

Sources: This Day in History: Beatles Arrive in New York

Wikipedia. The Beatles: Beatlemania and the touring years

Note: Although intuitively would be the best source for information, the site does not contain historical details or a timeline of events.

My own childhood memories of the Beatles were larger than life. I was a baby when they broke up, but their music remained prominent on the radio my entire life. Even now, my 10 and 18 year old daughters know many of their songs by heart.

When I first heard about the Beatles’ arrival in America, it was already part of history. Seeing the screaming young women in the old film clip, I instantly knew that there was something fantastic about this particular group that set them apart from everyone else.

As an adult, I heard a theory that those women were screaming so enthusiastically because some marketing person told them to. I have no idea whether that’s true, but it does make me eager to hear the answers to this question.



What memories do you have of this event? Did your enthusiasm and that of other people in your life match the level we see in historical footage?