“A very happy day”
Back in the 70’s, on a beautiful summer day, I lived on West 106 street. Stevie Wonder was a guest of a youth summer program. I was seven years old and held Stevie’s hand for most of the day. A most unforgettable encounter. A very happy day…..
— Jaime Rosa
“Uhhhh. Uhhhh. Uhhhh.”
It was September 1975. My daughter and I were walking on Columbus Avenue and 76th street, just passing the time. Along came John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He stopped, bent down and said “What’s your name, pretty little girl?” She smiled and giggled. He stood up and looked at me. I said something to the effect of “Uhhhh. Uhhhh. Uhhhh.” He bent down again and smiled at my 14-month-old ‘pretty little girl’ and said “And how old are you, luv?” She gave him another big smile and continued to giggle. Again, he stood up and looked at me, where upon I repeated, “Uhhhh. Uhhhh. Uhhhh.” He smiled and said, “It’s been nice talking with you,” waved at my daughter and walked off with Yoko. Everyone on the street came over and asked me, “What did he say to you? What did you say to him?” I still couldn’t speak! To this day, my daughter remains proud of her interaction with John Lennon; while I am still embarrassed!
— Sari Anthony
“…our most amazing encounter!!”
My husband and I lived on 83rd Street by Columbus Avenue. We decided to take out the dog for a walk in Riverside Park. We stopped to look over the beautiful Hudson River and I heard someone speaking in a very distinctive English accent. I turned around and to our surprise, sitting on a bench was Paul McCartney and his girlfriend (at the time.) We sat on a bench nearby and I thought of all the hours I had stood outside the Plaza hotel just to get a glimpse of my favorite Beatle Paul, and now I am only 20 feet away! Unfortunately, in a few minutes, other people started to notice his presence; the bikers and walkers stopped and the cell phones came out. Paul whispered to his girl and they got up and walked towards the park exit. We wished he would stay longer, but it still was our most amazing encounter!!
— Ema Bosi
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