What a great story - I love it! I hope you are able to get your friends interested. I was at my high school reunion this past summer, and one of my friends' daughters is about 14. I had my Beatles' Monopoly game with me at the picnic, and she asked if she and her friends could play it. I said, "of course" and asked her if she liked them. She said, "NO! They're old!!" which made me laugh. She overlooked the fact that they were in their 20s at the time and were really pretty radical to a lot of people (record burnings, etc.). I gave her the game and my iPod and they proceeded to listen to a bunch of the music. When they finally gave it back, she admitted that they're pretty good for old guys.
My oldest sister, that I mentioned in my post, had anything and everything that was Beatles-related. She had the little dolls that I still remember loving, every album (I used to sit and pore over the album covers and sleeves... especially Sgt. Pepper's!), wallpaper... you name it. When she graduated from high school and was getting ready to leave home (no pun intended - "She's Leaving Home") for school, she put all of her stuff in a box and left it on the curb for the garbage man to pick up. She felt like she was an adult and it was time to leave the Beatles behind. Fortunately she didn't include her albums - I had them for years and gave them back to her a couple of years ago when she asked for them. She has regretted that single decision for decades. I can only imagine what the value would be on so much of those collectible items she had.
Anyway, I wanted to say how much I appreciated your post. Enjoy the Fab Four and TB:RB!