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On their day off, The Beatles attended an afternoon party hosted at the Bel Air home of Capitol Records president Alan Livingston, in aid of the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California, 24 August 1964. To meet and shake hands with The Beatles, guests paid $25 per ticket, proceeds of which went to the Foundation.

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“There they were, four Beatles on four stools under the far-reaching branches of an old oak tree. George Harrison was the first Beatle I met. He tried to hold my hand (how ironic), and it just got twisted with his and we both laughed. I didn’t linger, as the press pushed everyone on to the next Beatle on the next stool. Which, by the way, was a very nervous but pleasurable experience: all handsome in their mod suits, their silken hairdos. They were polite and funny and really just…boys. I remember spending an evening meal with all of them as their only guest for dinner. I was in awe but trying to remain very cool.” - Peggy Lipton, “Savoring A Gentle Genius,” Huffington Post, 13 June 2012

“George [Harrison] was wiry and agile, adjusting his body to shake as many of the little hands as he could.” - Peggy Lipton, Breathing Out

RAVENS, PITTA AGREE TO FIVE-YEAR DEAL

The Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a five-year deal, worth $32 million with tight end Dennis Pitta, the Baltimore Sun reports. 

The deal avoided a potential messy situation with the franchise tag, and now the Ravens have locked up one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets. Pitta returned last season from a fractured, dislocated right hip to play the final four games. He caught 20 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown.

Pitta, 28, has 122 career receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns. (Photo: Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated)