I stand six-foot-four, a good six inches taller than the average American male. But earlier this week during my stay in Alton, IL, the first stop on this first Beatles lecture tour of 2017, I met Robert Pershing Wadlow, the Guinness Book of World Records' tallest person in history at eight-foot-eleven.
Robert was born in 1918 in Alton and died in the same city in 1940. In 1985, a life-size statue was erected in his hometown, where it remains to the present. This statue, of course, is what I met the other day.
Meanwhile the tour continues tomorrow:
Sunday, 22 January 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Sikeston Library, 121 E North St, Sikeston, MO
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
1/24/2017 08:28:41 am
They have a statue of him at all of the Ripley's Museums (Odditoriums), and we've taken Cameron's picture next to it at every one we go to. It's like our own personal growth chart...seeing how he measures up to Robert Wadlow THIS time.
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