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Listen ... Do You Want to Know a Secret? An Interview About the Beatles
Once again it's Jennifer "More Gaeta than a Crocodile" here with some hard hitting journalism. Get your citronella candle ready Chucky—gotta keep away those mosquitoes, because today it's all about the Beatles!
My interview requests to Paul and Ringo went unanswered, so I will be interviewing Ella-Nor Rugbee!
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NYPL: When you first heard of the Beatles coming to America, did you think it was an invasion of bugs?
I was actually very excited because I was one of the screaming girls in love with those bugs.
Were you quickly drawn to their music?
Yes my favorite songs are "All You Need Is Love," "The Luck of the Irish," "Mother," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
What did your parents think?
Neither of them cared for the band and didn't want me listening to that "hippie" music; but once I had played their music for them, they liked it ... well some of it.
Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with John, Paul, George or Ringo?
John, I feel we would have had the most in common and have memorable intellectual discussions.
John is my favorite too. "Imagine ... if all the sweets were healthy for you and low in calories ..."
...I wonder if you can, have only one that is.
What is your all time favorite Beatles lyric?
"The sun is up ... The sky is blue ... It's beautiful and so are you ..." Dear Prudence (The song was actually performed as a duet during an interview)
Were you involved in any Beatles Burning? You know—when they were being protested and merchandise and records were
Nope, everyone I knew loved the Beatles and most likely would have retaliated against anyone who was involved in those burnings.
Were you disappointed when you went to Strawberry Fields and found out you couldn't stay forever, because you would be violating park hours?
Yes I was! I'll never try to camp out there again!
Did you contemplate a class action law suit?
I actually hired a lawyer but he told me I didn't have a leg to stand on.
Do you have any Beatles memorabillia at home?
Naturally, my favorite piece is a Christmas tree ornament my husband gave me a few years ago. It's a funky yellow submarine. It is always the first thing I put up on the tree every year.
What other bands were you intoduring this time period?
I was loving Elvis and Johnny Cash. Once the Beatles opened my eyes ... well ears to music I found myself loving the whole 60s-70s scene of music — The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin ... I really love those blues sounds.
Have you ever gone on a magical mystery tour?
Every Friday and Saturday night for the past 15 years now. I suffer all week for it!
Where were you when you heard about John being murdered?
I was at work in Manhattan when I found out. I asked to be excused andI cried in the restroom for about 45 minutes.
Did it break your heart?
Yes it really did. Whenever I see his face it still hurts. :/
Aww Ella-Nor. On a lighter note, is it true all you need is love? What about when you can't open a jar—wouldn't you need one of those rubber things?
Even if it comes to opening a jar and all I have is love, I'll get by with a little help from my friends.
Aha! You're a clever one missy! To your knowledge, was Bungalow Bill ever put on trial for the murder?
I actually attended the trial. It was in lower Manhattan. He got off scott-free!
Do you miss vinyl records or do you perfer CDs?
I miss those vinyl records — it's something about having to get up off the couch to flip the record over.
Do you think living in a yellow submarine is against NYC Building code?
Only if you tried to fit that submarine inside your apartment!
Did you really think Paul was dead?
You know, I really didn't believe that one at all, considering I had seen him earlier that day walking across Penny Lane. That was a ridiculous rumor.
Did you notice when the boys changed their appearance?
I find that question difficult to answer because my love for them only continued to grow — not because of their appearance but because of their soul power.
If I am he as you are he as you are me, what does that makes us, brothers?
I think that would just make us a clan of Walrus'.
Well thank you Ella-Nor, my walrus brethren, for this very comical interview! It's always a pleasure to sit down with you and chat. we'll have to do it again sometime!
Any time my dear!
See that was pretty painless, and you walked away without any bug bites — unless it was that little bug we call inspiration!
In hindsight, I'm glad Paul and Ringo were not able to honor my interview requests. Ella-Nor Rugbee proved to be quite a fascinating interviewee—more jelly than a bean, more peanut than a butter! This is Jenny G, signning off. Keep your journalism like your cement— wet! Just kidding. Keep your journalism hard and hitting!