And Another Thing…

Posted Sept. 22, 2011, at 3:42 p.m.

• More than 40 years after they broke up, the Beatles are still making headlines. A contract between the band and a promoter who had booked them for an Aug. 31, 1965, performance at San Francisco’s Cow Palace was recently sold at auction. The contract was expected to fetch between $3,000 and $5,000, but ended up selling for $23,000.

Among the bits of history that shine through the document is a clause that stipulates the Fab Four would not play before a segregated audience. The year before, the Beatles threatened to cancel a show at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., when the band learned it was to be a white-only audience.

The contract also stipulated that 150 police officers be hired to protect the band during the show. That wasn’t enough — the performance was stopped for a time until fans could be persuaded to return to their seats.

• With a gambling question on the November ballot, we’re thinking about odds. Here are some odds that don’t sound too favorable: A NASA climate satellite that had been orbiting Earth for 20 years is expected to fall today. The odds that the 6.5-ton satellite, which is the size of a bus, will hit a person is one in 3,200.

To put those numbers in perspective, it would be as if one resident of towns the size of Glenburn, Warren, Winterport or Norridgewock (each has about 3,200 residents) could expect to be struck.

• Summer ends officially today (the autumnal equinox came at 5:05 a.m.). Such news tends to inspire more regret than happy reflection. You didn’t get out to the camp as often as you’d hoped, or put the kayak in the water or wet a fishing line as often. That outdoors house project still awaits attention, but soon frost or snow will get you off the hook.

A BDN story reports that this summer has been a bad one for fleas. They, too, will soon be history, after a few frosts.

And then there’s the Red Sox…

• But there should be praise for fall. The air is crisp, which is a good motivator for long walks. The tourists are mostly gone, so Acadia National Park and other favorite places are accessible again. And the coming riot of color as our state — the most forested of the lower 48 — goes through its autumn leaf routine is something to savor.

And maybe the Sox will make an appearance in the Fall Classic. If not, switch your affection to the Patriots.

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