A Beatle in Benton
In early Autumn 1963, pre-Fab Four Beatle George Harrison, age 18, visited his eldest sister in the small town of Benton, IL. Little did the townsfolk know they were being befriended and regaled by a musician whose talent would change the world, and many of their own lives.
(2002/102 mins) d. Rick Unsbee
Peter visited Benton for a two week holiday with their elder sister Irene, whose husband worked there as a mining engineer. Forty years later, the home was scheduled for demolition.
This poignant little film documents how the townsfolk came together to recognize its unique heritage, and strove to save it.
As such it is a testament to both passion and ingenuity in small town America.
Irene Harrison-Caldwell was drafted to lead the charge. But the ordinary citizens of Benton did the heavy lifting, literally, and lovingly renovated the home and converted it into a B & B.
This film is thus a success story, and yet another tale that demonstrates how The Beatles continue to touch people profoundly