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"Good Ol' Freda" is the untold story of Freda Kelly, the Beatles' trusted secretary and friend throughout their rise to fame.
660 backers pledged $58,000 to help bring this project to life.

Freda Kelly - 'Good Ol' Freda' - Across The Beatles Universe

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Hello Beatle People and 'Good Ol' Freda' Supporters!

This has been a huge week for 'Good Ol' Freda!'  Thanks to our amazing backers, we have reached $18,150 which is 36% of our fundraising goal!  Fans from Across the Beatles Universe made very generous pledges.  We are doing this with YOUR help and we will win the race to beat the deadline of 11-11-11 by raising our $50,000.  We thank you and have lots of FREDALICIOUS goodies to share in this update!

Jude Southerland Kessler, author of two amazing books on John Lennon: 'Shoulda Been There' and  'Shivering Inside' along with her husband Rande are launching a huge e-mail campaign to Beatle fans...look for her 'EveryOneMustGiveOne' campaign soon.  Happy Nat of The Beatles Rarity has his interview with Freda on his website.   Jennifer Vanderslice of MoonGlow PR has started a campaign challenge on Linked In and other sites.  'Good Ol' Freda' is not only all across the internet....it's now 'Across The Universe'!

Freda did several important interviews about the documentary (this week with Bob Rivers and 95.7 KJR FM gang in Seattle WA and with Steve Marinucci of Beatles Examiner. An interview is coming soon with Beatle Fans Across the Universe.   Journalist Shelley Germeaux has written 3 great articles about 'Good Ol' Freda' and has been especially helpful reaching Beatle Fans to let them know the legendary Freda Kelly is sharing her stories!

Dave Bedford, author of 'LIDDYPOOL' the best book on Liverpool and The Beatles in ages says this about Freda: 

"Behind every great man, they say, is a great woman. An out-dated view, but maybe we should says: “Behind every great band there’s a great woman!” When Brian Epstein needed someone to run The Official Beatles Fan Club, he turned to Freda Kelly, who became such an integral part of the operation, corresponding with fans, co-ordinating the communication with them. She was a trusted confidante and friend of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and, until now, she has kept her story to herself. This is the last great Beatles insider story to be told, and I can’t wait to find out what really went on behind the scenes of the greatest group in music history. As The Beatles said, ‘Good Ol’ Freda!’

Judith Kristen, the author of the charming Amazon best-seller 'A DATE WITH A BEATLE'  and Official Beatles Fan Club Member 86786 states:

"By the time I was 15 years old, there were only three things I wanted to be in life:  a cowgirl, a cowgirl, and Freda Kelly.   Here was the ultimate Beatles fan....one of us who was actually invited into that precious Beatles inner sanctum....and there she stayed from beginning to end.   Fun and funny, loyal, hard-working, charming and tenacious with heart to spare....it's easy to see why The Lads loved her so. 'Good Ol' Freda is an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind Beatles documentary that dots all the i's, crosses all the t's and takes us full circle.   A must for every Beatles Fan! Now where do I queue up!"

Attached below as promised are the Freda Kelly and Beatle goodies.   There's a photo of Freda with Paul McCartney taken at The Cavern in 1962 when Freda was just 17 (you know what I mean!) and an mp3 of the interview Freda did this week with Bob Rivers on 95.7 KJR FM Seattle.  Wait til you hear the questions they asked Freda! It's a very funny interview with Freda sharing lots of her memories of The Lads and lots of laughter.  

There was a bounty of press this week!  Freda and the filmmakers are ready to complete the film now so keep those pledges coming! Thank you for all your support and please continue to spread the word Across The Beatle Universe!

One favor: Please write a note in the comments section and share where you are from and how you heard about 'Good Ol' Freda.'  We've been doing tons of outreach and are in need of feedback from you to see if we are indeed reaching the entire universe!  

Thanks to all of you from all of us on Team Freda for your pledges!

Kathy McCabe/Producer/'Good Ol' Freda'


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      Annie Walsh on

      I feel fortunate to have heard about 'Good Ol' Freda' from the director, Kathy McCabe, an old friend from many years ago. I am thrilled to be a part of this and have fingers & toes crossed that the pledge due by 11/11/11 will, indeed, happen. This is too important for too many people.

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      Eileen D'Angelo on

      Eileen D'Angelo, Largo FL. Heard about Good Ol' Freda from a friend's post on Facebook, so glad I did.