Photo by G.
O M G! Before I go any further, my deepest gratitude to Anne Raso and Gail Worley for getting me into such a marvelous event. Ringo Starr was in New York to celebrate an exhibit of his art. As you can imagine, the gallery was packed to the rafters with art aficionados, Beatles fans and press all trying to get a piece of a living legend. As Ringo was making his way out of the gallery, I made my move and asked for a photo. Because he was utterly mobbed, he said “if you can take it as I walk, it’s ok.” As I was trying to get my shot, a ton of people crowded in and it became quite a mess. I ended up getting pushed into other people and I nearly tripped over someone. Ringo saw the transaction and said “that’s not peace love and understanding” and kept walking. Though it was not entirely my fault, I apologized to Ringo Starr because the last thing I’d ever want to do is make a Beatle upset. It was not looking likely that he was going to stop now and I was certain that my opportunity was nearly blown. What happened next was sort of dumb luck, but it ended up working out perfectly! One of the security guards with Ringo literally grabbed my shirt and was trying to push me out of the way. It was unnecessary and excessive force and I yelled out “Hey! That is not peace love and understanding either!” Ringo saw what happened and he stopped and let me get my photo! WOW! What a class act! Ringo – thanks for being so cool and of course for being in the best band of all time! This is a night I will never forget!