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Oh Yoko! In Montreal

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Thumbnail image for 2.jpg Yoko, not looking bad at age 76. She drinks a lot of water and is on Facebook. Courtesy of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Denis Bernier photo.

3:21 p.m. March 31---

MONTREAL, Quebec---Yoko Ono has made her first visit to Montreal since the 1969 Bed-In For Peace with John Lennon in Suite 1742 of Fairmont/The Queen Eiizabeth.
Ono appeared at a weird press conference Tuesday morning to talk up the exhibit "Imagine: The Peace Ballad of John & Yoko" opening Thursday at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Fairmont suite is also being opened to the public and later tonight I'll be having drinks in 1742. The late Timothy Leary was part of the "Bed-In," where John and Yoko recorded "Give Peace a Chance." I suspect he will be hovering around the room.
The Fairmont has even created a martini in Yoko's name.....

Aubrey Mayhew, J.F.K., RIP.

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Aubrey Mayhew 1970 signing papers for the Texas School Book Depository.jpg Aubrey Mayhew in 1970, signing papers for the Texas School Book Depository.


2:30 p.m. Sat Mar. 28--

Aubrey Mayhew has checked out of the library.
Mayhew, 81, died last weekend at hospice care facility in Nashville.
He was one of the nation's biggest collectors of 1960s JFK memorabilia, with more than 300,000 Kennedy related items in his possession. He was so obsessive about Kennedy, he purchased the infamous Texas School Book Depository at a 1970 auction.

Mayhew also was the left-of-center producer at Little Darlin' Records.
The renegade country label sprang came from the big dreams of the 1960s. Bodacious songs such as Stonewall Jackson's "Pint of No Return," Groovy Joe Poovey's "He's in a Hurry (To Get Home to My Wife)" and Johnny Paycheck's "(Pardon Me) I've Got Someone to Kill" were drenched in steel guitar, edgy vocals and pop-top bass.
I spoke with Mayhew in 2005 when Koch Records/Nashville reissued the Little Darlin'
catalog. Here's some excerpts from a very memorable conversation...........

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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