On Oct. 5, just four days before what would have been John Lennon's 73rd birthday, a Los Angeles Beatles tour guide made the shocking discovery that the John Lennon Walk of Fame star in Los Angeles had been damaged.
Gillian Lomax, who conducts Beatles-oriented tours in the Los Angeles area called A Magical History Tour, said she found the star had been damaged Saturday while she was conducting a tour. The Lennon star is one of the stops on her tour.
“It was totally obnoxious,” she said. “Who are these morons that would have defaced John Lennon's star?,” she posted on Facebook.
The star was covered with graffiti and drawings. The other three solo Beatles stars, which are all located nearby, on Vine Street at the historic Capitol Records Tower in downtown Los Angeles, were untouched. The Beatles group Walk of Fame star is elsewhere. Lomax noted the Lennon star is located very close to a doorway at the Tower and she wondered why a security guard didn't see what had happened.
Jerry Rubin, who's in charge of Wednesdays 73rd birthday celebration for Lennon to be held at the star, said he had not heard about the incident, but expressed shock.
Reached by email Sunday night, Ana Martinez, who coordinates public ceremonies for the Walk of Fame, said the stars are historic landmarks. “This is terrible, had no idea. I will report (this) to the Trust (the non-profit Hollywood Historic Trust) and ask if Capitol had cameras in that area. The stars are historic landmarks designated by (the) State!” Martinez noted that the non-profit Hollywood Historic Trust would clean up the star.
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