* On September 28, 1963, I saw President John F Kennedy at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. At that moment, he became a hero of mine. Up until then, I had the usual heroes, such as John Wayne, Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright of the TV show 'Bonanza'), Sean Connery's James Bond, Peter O'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia and Elvis Presley – the usual assortment of a 10-year-old growing up in America.
He only spoke for 17 minutes but the crowd went crazy. My mother and my friends' mothers were calling out: "Mr President, Mr President." It was pandemonium.
I saw The Beatles at the same venue less than a year later and they had the same effect on the young kids that JFK had on the adults.