_John Lennon; Paul McCartney and/e Ringo Starr; The Beatles;
United States/Estados Unidos; Los Angeles; Capitol Records Tower; Press conference/Entrevista coletiva;
August 26th 1966/26 de agosto de 1966.
John & Julian on the set of Happy Days with the cast: Don Most, Ron Howard, Anson Williams & Henry Winkler ca. 1974 I Photo Source: Beatle Photo Blog
“One early morning we were shooting some simple scenes on a smaller stage. Ron, Henry, Don, a guest star, and I were the only ones working. During a lighting setup I walked over to what looked like a large tin can of coffee. Craft service (which today provides gourmet snacks, lattes and organic pies) was not a big deal back then. Stale coffee and old apples were pretty much it. In fact Louie, our set electrician and bookie, was in charge of it. You were lucky to get milk with the black sludge. Anyway while I was pouring a cup I noticed a man who looked just like John Lennon with a young boy. Walking back I told Ron & Don.
"Yeah right” Don said, “John Lennon wants to hang out with us” It turned out it was John Lennon! He was with his ten year old son, Julian, and they did want to hang out with us! John was out in Los Angeles and his son’s favorite show was Happy Days. They had come to the set unannounced to meet us. John was a huge fan of the fifties and he also loved the show. I was speechless, but John turned out to be a real down-to-earth genius. He was kind and so damn funny. He said that Elvis Presley was a major influence on his music, and that Elvis was “everlasting”. Soon, we all felt like we’d known each other forever. When he tol me that he liked my singing, I was floored. One of the greatest talents of all time had heard me sing. Ahhhhhhhh!
John & Julian spent the entire day on the set, twelve hours, all the way to wrap. John was truly humble and seemed to radiate light. Watching how he treated everyone on the set made me think of something Willie told me, “Da real great people is humble cause dey know dat dey God’s angels”
John drew ink caricatures for most of the crew but not for the cast. We were professionals and idn’t want to bother him by asking for one. Dumb! Today I bet crew members paid off their houses with their original Lennon doodles. I do have one remembrance of that magical day : We all took a photo with John & Julian that sits on my desk. I experienced greatness that day. None of us would ever see him again, but his light, the light of greatness, continues to shine.
“Da real great people is humble cause dey know dat dey God’s angels” -Anson Williams, “Singing to A Bulldog: Life Lessons a Fellow Janitor Taught Me: My Journey from Happy Days to Hollywood and Beyond”
& now, a fav quote of mine.. “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now? Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” -John Lennon