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HEY JUDE! Sir Paul in Amarillo, Tx.

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5:05 p.m. Aug. 8--
It is not who you know, but where you stand.
That's one bit of maverick advice I would give my wonderful 5-year-old nephew Jude. It worked out for Don Dunavin, the owner of the Record Rack used CD and record store in Amarillo, Tx. Dunavin was hanging around a convenience store off of Route 66 on Wednesday evening when he heard that Paul McCartney was in town.
Dunavin called his wife Lori and they headed to the Ambassador Hotel where McCartney was staying on his Route 66 trip with his girl friend Nancy Shevell. Lori brought along their 4-month old son Jude..........


"We hung out at the hotel for about 30 minutes," Dunavin said Friday from the Record Rack. "I was holding Jude and he walked right in front of us near the entrance of the hotel. I took two steps forward and shook his hand. He immediately went to Jude, grabbed his hand and started talking to him. He didn't even know his name."
So Dunavin, 44, asked Sir Paul to guess his boy's name.
"After we told him he was Jude, he said, 'I got something for him'," Dunavin recalled. McCartney reached into his pocket and pulled out a miniature harmonica. He bent down and started playing for Jude. "Not anything in particular," Dunavin continued. "Jude was smiling at him. I told my wife to get the camera out and take a picture and he immediately quit. He said, 'Please, no pictures.' He wouldn't do any autographs. But then he started playing some more. It all took no longer than a couple of minutes. He had no security and he was traveling in an '89 Ford Bronco."
Of course the Dunavins are Beatles fans. "After we saw that movie 'Across the Universe' Lori fell in love with the main character Jude," he said. "That's what finally made her decide on that name." Their son is named Jude Alexander. My nephew is Jude Aron, although I would call him Jude Rascal.
This was Dunavin's biggest celebrity encounter over the 22 years that he has owned the Record Rack, 3409 S. Georgia, about three miles off of Route 66. "We had Black Oak Arkansas come in once," he said. "Omar and the Howlers have been in here." Now Dunavin is a celebrity himself. And don't you know that its a fool who plays it cool/by making his world a little colder....

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Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.

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