It wasn't long after the Ed Sullivan Show appearances that I bought my first Beatles album at Sam the Record Man on Yonge Street. Buy the album, get a free 45. I grabbed "I Want to Hold Your Hand". Still have them both in a box somewhere in the furnace room.
In September of '64, I remember heading downtown with my friend Larry. He owned a 1957 Plymouth two door sedan, red with a white top. We went downtown because the Beatles were playing Maple Leaf Gardens. You could hear the screaming outside on the street.
The world changed in 1964. Never did get the Beatle boots. It was another year or two before the hair grew long. Now even hair is a memory.