November 197(8?). Freezing cold, doorman tips me off “Joe, he’s on his way down”. I’m over on 39th. Sped over to Dakota. No one on the street! Huge snow drifts. Double park the car still running. John walks out of entrance towards me smiling with cigarette. Slips on ice! I help him up, we laugh. I am rambling on like a nervous Ralph Kramden, but he’s cool and we’re making small talk about music & living in NY. I ask him where he’s going. He says “some party, I don’t even really want to go”. Limo pulls up. I say “What are ‘ya crazy, I’ll drive you”. He cracks up again. Too nervous to remember to ask him for an autograph. I take one shot of him quick waving before the smile. Damn! I had about 5 minutes with the man. He was so NY friendly. I’ll never forget that meet. He was murdered right where we were standing. I still can’t believe it. Two years later I wrote a song about it. It’s posted. Man, do I miss his genius. I love that guy.

Ran into Yoko on Central Park West. First thing I immediately remember thinking was “Wow, Yoko’s somewhat of a babe!” She was very sweet & signed an autograph for me.

Had lunch with Julian & his bodyguard (This would probably be Nishi) on 72nd. Nice kid. Polite. Surprised that his Japanese bodyguard was only a little taller than him. I asked him where he was headed after lunch. He said “To see a guy play my dad in the Beatlemania show”.

With thanks to Joe Sombrotto for the photo’s, and his memories (Joe had the photo of John dated 1980, but it must have been a mistake, as John looked different than this photo in November 1980, you can date it by John’s glasses, the wire frames had long since gone by 1980)

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10 Responses to “MEETING THE LENNONS:”

  1. Derek says:

    fab story and photos
    the latest I’ve seen John wearing the wire frames is end of ’78

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing Mr. Sombrotto’s story with us. I just love stories like this one and the pictures are very beautiful. : )

  3. sec says:

    Would these photos have been taken during the same visit when Julian and John were photographed sledding in Central Park? Was it 1978? There was a blizzard here (NYC) early that year. Ah, I remember it well. NO SCHOOL! Whoopee! But that was in February. Mr. Sombrotto says there were snowdrifts, but in November!??
    And I was dragged by a friend to see Beatlemania about that time, late ’78. Ersatz Beatles then and now–not my cup of tea. I’d have much rather spotted Julian there in the audience. It would have made it worth the cost of admission.
    Thanks for the pix and story. It brought John back to life, if only for a moment. {{sniff}}

  4. Cara says:

    Agree… such a nice little story. “He was so NY friendly.” Yup, that was John…

  5. james says:

    Great story!good to hear John and the normal world collided on mnay occassions, the media likes to box them in, John lived life his way and good on him!

  6. Jeff says:

    pic has to 77/78 winter

  7. Chris says:

    Great photos and stories! Where can I find this story online or in a book? I really wish I got to meet John! I was at the Dakota this last Monday.

  8. betty says:

    i got a little watery eye. Johnny was a good kind guy those last days.

    What was the song you wrote for john? I wrote a song too about him, very inspirational man.

  9. This was taken in 1978.This was 2 years before John would be murdered.That must have been around the same time that the blizzard hit in New York in 1978.Look how young Julian Lennon was back than.

  10. betty says:

    Hey, didn’t anybody notice todays the anniversary of Linda’s death? We should have a post in memory of the lovely lady.

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