Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tonsil Ashes Not Ringo's

January 8, 1965

(UPI)--A Galesburg, Illinois, woman wants everybody to know that the tonsils of "Beatle" Ringo Starr are not enshrined in the Illinois community.

Mrs. Robert Tomlin says it all started at Christmas. She gave her 13-year-old daughter and 15-year-old niece two small boxes for Christmas. Each contained some cinders and a note reading "Ringo's tonsils . . . after cremation."

The girls didn't get the joke. They took the boxes to school and allowed their classmates glances at the "prize possessions." Local newspapers and telephone stations became flooded with phone calls. Teenagers wanted to know if it was true.

Said Mrs. Tomlin: "If you can believe in Santa Claus, I guess you can believe in Ringo's tonsils."

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