Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Music

Remembering John Lennon: A fan's true story of seeing John and Yoko in 1978

See also

Brenda Spencer had a memorable encounter with John Lennon and Yoko Ono on a New York street in February, 1978, she tells Beatles Examiner, and was even able to take a photo of them.

“This is the very first photo I ever took of John and Yoko, Feb 1978, after the very first time I met them,” she wrote. “When I heard about Beatlefest the year before I was only 16 but I wanted to find a way to get to New York and meet John and go to the Fest. Most of my friends were 10 years older than me, so I traveled with friends that had tables at the Fest and ran fan clubs. No, I didn't tell my parents. I did ask my brother to give me a ride to the airport, and after he dropped me off he told my parents where I'd gone.

“I stopped by the Dakota after we arrived and saw little Sean with his nanny. That weekend was later called Blizzardfest because we were snowed in and couldn't leave New York on the day we were supposed to. So we stayed an extra night at the hotel.

“All my friends had gone to the airport to wait for the flight but I made one last trip to the Dakota, I wasn't going to leave for the airport until I absolutely had to. I was waiting outside talking to the doorman when I see John and Yoko headed right towards me! I was in shock. He looked like he did from the White Album 8x10.

“They came towards me and I froze. I couldn't speak, I was in shock. John says 'Hello.' All I could manage was a meek sounding 'hi' (and) nothing more. So he paused and said, 'Goodbye.' Hello, goodbye' as they walked away I snapped this photo, then cried tears of joy.

“And to this day I don't remember how I got to the airport!”

---

We love to write about the Beatles and have been doing it since our time at a major metropolitan newspaper. Subscribe and get addicted to our exclusive original stories and interviews about the Beatles in all our Beatles column pages at Beatles Examiner, Paul McCartney Examiner, George Harrison Examiner and Ringo Starr Examiner. You can subscribe through the button on this page. And spread the word about us.

Copyright Steve Marinucci. Please do not reprint in full on other sites without permission. Connect with us on Facebook and Pinterest. And don't miss our weekly Beatles news podcast “Things We Said Today” available first on Fab4Radio.com on the weekends, then on iTunes and Podbean.com.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    Video
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    Video
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Video
    Sports Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!