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The run of his life: John Einarson remembers 'Decker's Dash'

Musician best known for sprinting towards Beatles during brief airport stop

The Beatles are interviewed by journalists after landing at Winnipeg International Airport. (Dave Bonner photo)
Decker's Dash
Bruce Decker makes a dash for the Beatles' plane when they landed in Winnipeg in the summer of 1964.  (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker makes a dash for the Beatles' plane when they landed in Winnipeg in the summer of 1964.  (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, almost made it to the door of the Beatles' plane when they landed in Winnipeg in the summer of 1964. (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, almost made it to the door of the Beatles' plane when they landed in Winnipeg in the summer of 1964.
 (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, is carried away by RCMP after making a run for the stairs where the Beatles had just greeted fans at Winnipeg International Airport on Aug. 18, 1964. (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, is carried away by RCMP after making a run for the stairs where the Beatles had just greeted fans at Winnipeg International Airport on Aug. 18, 1964. (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, is carried away by RCMP after making a run for the stairs where the Beatles had just greeted fans at Winnipeg International Airport on Aug. 18, 1964. (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker of the Winnipeg band the Deverons. The Deverons’ frontman and piano player was Burton Cummings, who later joined The Guess Who. Decker also had a brief stint in The Guess Who.   (Submitted photo)
The Beatles are interviewed by journalists after landing at Winnipeg International Airport. - (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker makes a dash for the Beatles' plane when they landed in Winnipeg in the summer of 1964. - (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker makes a dash for the Beatles' plane when they landed in Winnipeg in the summer of 1964. - (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, almost made it to the door of the Beatles' plane when they landed in Winnipeg in the summer of 1964. - (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, almost made it to the door of the Beatles' plane when they landed in Winnipeg in the summer of 1964. - (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, is carried away by RCMP after making a run for the stairs where the Beatles had just greeted fans at Winnipeg International Airport on Aug. 18, 1964. - (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, is carried away by RCMP after making a run for the stairs where the Beatles had just greeted fans at Winnipeg International Airport on Aug. 18, 1964. - (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker, 17, is carried away by RCMP after making a run for the stairs where the Beatles had just greeted fans at Winnipeg International Airport on Aug. 18, 1964. - (Dave Bonner photo)
Bruce Decker of the Winnipeg band the Deverons. The Deverons’ frontman and piano player was Burton Cummings, who later joined The Guess Who. Decker also had a brief stint in The Guess Who. - (Submitted photo)

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History

Updated on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM CDT: Adds slideshow.

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