Beatles photo mystery solved. The nationwide search for these six Beatlemaniac teens is over.
The photo, from 49 years ago, was taken by the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, when the Fab Four landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1964 for their unforgettable appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Ringo said, "They came to the airport, I believe now, to see us. And guess what? They really saw us, and we saw them!"
Ringo is not just a drummer. He's also a photographer and includes this photo in his book entitled Photograph. He issued a public appeal asking the kids in the photo to come forward. Sure enough, they did.
Charlie Schwartz told INSIDE EDITION, "In the photo I'm in the back seat, kind of leaning on the back window."
Schwartz, then a 17-year-old senior at Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey, cut school that day to see the Beatles. He and his buddies were driving back form JFK Airport when a limousine pulled up alongside. Inside was none other than Ringo Starr.
Ringo said, "They all put the windows down. I've got my camera, I'll take them."
Schwartz described enthusiastically, "All of a sudden, Ringo pulls up and slides his window down and starts snapping all these pictures."
So, who are these guys and girls? Bob Toth is in the front passenger seat. Gary Van Duersen, the driver, became an inventor and lives in Connecticut. The girls have also been identified–Suzanne Rayot is now 66 and a travel agent for American Express; next to her is Arlene Norbe Ressler. The kid peeking out from the shadow was Matt Blender, who has sadly passed away.
Charlie Schwartz is now 67 and lives in California.
Ringo and Charlie’s long and winding roads converged, thanks to this wonderful photograph.