The LuLac Edition #1325, Oct. 9th, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: OUR INTERVIEW LOGO.
Today would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. I had the opportunity to talk to a neighborhood friend of mine 5 years older than I who grew up with the Beatles and Lennon.
Q: How do you feel knowing John Lennon would have been 70?
A: Mixed emotions. I’m 62, I think of my own mortality. Makes me humble. Then I’m sad because he’s gone. Then I’m angry because there was so much potential there.
Q: How so?
A: I think musically, and especially from a humanitarian point of view. I think John Lennon might have done more for society as an advocate. Can’t prove it but I just think he was headed that way.
Q: He did take controversial stands.
A: Yes for the time. But in the rear view mirror they made sense. I mean “The Bed In”. What better way to get those tight ass general’s jockeys in a wad then to promote peace through sex. I mean sex is not angry.
Q: You should’ve met some of the women I knew.
A: Yeah, yeah, joke all you want but he was making a point.
Q: Did you see the display at Woodstock?
Q: They had a replica hotel room. It was very powerful.
A: I’’ll bet.
Q: Where were you the night he died?
A: In the john in a bar. Remember the Butler House?
Q: You dog. Yes in Willkes Barre. Mayor McGroarty tore it down….
A: And turned it into a house. Yeah, I know. I was there with some friends and during intermission the owner, I can’t think of his name.......
Q: Lee Patterson.
A: Yeah, yeah, Lee Paterson, he put this small TV on to see the score for Monday Night Football And Cosell was talking about it. He had already announced it. Were were you?
Q: In bed, I had the flu but I saw it on a little black and white TV in my room. Was Lennon always your favorite Beatle?
A: I liked them all but Lennon I respected. A lot. Maybe it was because he just riled people. Remember bigger than Jesus?
Q: Sure and he was right then. They were a bigger influence. Sad to say but even in today’s society “:Dancing With the Stars” is bigger than God.
A: You said it. Yeah the nuns hated Lennon.
Q: My nuns got so upset with him that they said everyone with facial air were on drugs, even the 4 Seasons.
Q: I know of some people who will mark the occasion going to New York. Any plans?
A: No the daughter is a cheerleader so I have to get her to a football game, but I’ll maybe play a few CDs and celebrate in a private way.
Q: But you don’t drink.
A: Who says you have to drink to celibrate?
Q: Got it. What would the nuns say?
A: “Imagine” that!
Q: Strawberry Fields………
A: Forever, man, forever.