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Jewish doctor who loves The Beatles created America’s only museum devoted to them

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(Jewish Press of Pinellas County via JTA) — Bobby Entel didn’t watch The Beatles’ February 9, 1964 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. He was seven years old at the time and in bed. Nor did he ever see them in person, visit their hometown of Liverpool, or cross Abbey Road.

But he’s more than made up for that. When he’s not working as a radiologist in Dunedin, Florida, he can often be found at Penny Lane, the free museum he opened in 2018 that features his extensive collection of Beatles memorabilia. That’s where he goes to escape the realities of life.

“This is my happy spot, my relief area,” Entel said, seated in a nook at Penny Lane while “Something” from the Abbey Road album played softly in the background and a pair of nearby tourists studied a guitar signed by Paul McCartney. “It’s a very fulfilling hobby and a labor of love.”

There are several museums dedicated to The Beatles in England and one in Holland. But except for a floor dedicated to them at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Entel believes his is the only permanent Beatles exhibit in the United States. “In the years we’ve been open, nobody’s ever come in and said, ‘You should see the one in New York or Wyoming.’”

England is where Entel’s fascination with The Beatles began in earnest.

“My interest in them evolved from just liking their music to being intrigued with their cultural influence, the impact they had on politics, on hairstyles, on clothing and on the music world,” he said. “It happened for me over a period of time…and I........

© The Times of Israel

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