author of Before He Was Fab
A life-long resident of southern Illinois, Jim
Kirkpatrick has been a Beatles fan since the early 1960s. He
remembers the local publicity that was generated in 1964 about Beatle
George Harrison having a sister who lived in Benton, Illinois. "But
never in my wildest imagination did I expect that one day I would
become friends with a Beatle sibling," Kirkpatrick said. That
all began in January 1995, when Louise Harrison returned to Benton
to help save the home that George had visited in 1963. George's
visit was less that half a year before the Beatles' appearance on
The Ed Sullivan Show and the outbreak of Beatlemania. "I
thought that this was a unique story; there were so many interesting
recollections," said Kirkpatrick. "It would be a shame
if this were not preserved."
A graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
with a degree in journalism, Kirkpatrick has worked for several
southern Illinois newspapers, including The Southern Illinoisan,
the Marion Daily Republican and the Du Quoin Evening
Call. Since 1985, he has been employed as a congressional assistant.
He has worked for congressmen Kenneth J. Gray, Glenn Poshard and
David D. Phelps. Kirkpatrick lives on the edge of the Shawnee National
Forest near Creal Springs, Illinois, with his wife, Brenda, and
daughter, Chelsea. Before He
Was Fab is his first book.