Lennon and Yoko Liked Charlottesville!
When a delusional fan shot and killed John Lennon outside his home in New York in 1980, his family lost a father and husband; the world lost a visionary. But what has never been confirmed until now is that Charlottesville lost its chance to be Lennon and Yoko Ono's summer home.
In an interview with the Hook this week to promote the upcoming show of Lennon's art, the avant garde artist and Beatle widow Yoko Ono reminisced about driving through Charlottesville looking for real estate. Ono says she didn't remember the Charlottesville trip until very recently, a lapse she attributes to the timing of the trip, which occurred shortly before her husband's murder.
If the details of their Virginia visit remain hazy, Ono, now 74, says she now recalls that she and Lennon came away from the area with a positive impression.
"We were looking for a nice summer house," she says. Despite the fact that they didn't tour Monticello or check out other local attractions, she says the spirit of the area affected the artistic couple.
"It was almost like being in touch with the true history [of America]," Ono says.