‘Good Ol’ Freda’ had the most coveted secretarial job

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Freda Kelly grew up in Liverpool in the years after World War II. On her lunch hour, she’d go to a nearby club to hear the local bands playing there. She became a particular fan of one of them. How big a fan? When they released a single, she bought it even though she didn’t own a record player.

The single was “Love Me Do,” and the band was the Beatles. Brian Epstein needed someone to run the nascent Official Beatles Fan Club. Freda, just 17, got the job. She was an inspired choice. “A lot of people didn’t take these girls seriously,” she recalls in “Good Ol’ Freda,” Ryan White’s documentary about her, “but I did, because I was one of them.”

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