Dear Sir, toward Washington, lurching towards pundithood through those buff-colored badlands festooned with the skeletons of other ambitions named Ascoli, Buckley, et aI.
Permit me to cock my trusty old Royal rimfire and fire this dum-dum salute to The Idler. Here’s to no blanks or flesh wounds. Here’s to (bless his heart) old gouty S. Johnson, whose best quote is the one I carry next to my heart (in my wallet) : “No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.”
Best regards,John NearyNew York Citv
The rumor became so widespread that Life magazine sent a crew to Scotland to track Paul down and take a photo of him. Paul had taken refuge from the Beatles' legal battles at his farm in Scotland and he was not at all happy to be confronted by reporters. When the crew from Life magazine appeared on his farm, Paul became angry and doused the photographer with a bucket of water as he took pictures. The reporters quickly left and Paul, realizing that the photos would cast him in a negative light, followed after them. In exchange for the film of his outburst, Paul agreed to let the Life crew do an interview. The resulting article, [written by Neary] which went into some detail about the supposed clues to Paul's "death", appeared as the cover story for the November 7, 1969, issue.
After Paul appeared on the cover of Life magazine, coverage of the "Paul is dead" rumor declined rapidly. References to it have popped up occasionally since then, but the rumor had run its course after a few weeks.
“I am writing to ask that the meretricious exploitation of the music and the desecration of the sacred imagery of my people on St. Patrick's Day cease forthwith! The crooning of "Danny Boy" by lugubrious tenors, the employment of leprechauns, harps, shamrocks, clay pipes, derbies and phony brogues by larcenous merchants who have no idea of their significance is disgusting.”