in 1969, a 14-year-old beatles fanatic named jerry levitan snuck into john lennon's toronto hotel room armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck. somehow, jerry convinced lennon to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, a grown jerry teamed up with artists alex kurina to further lennon's timeless message. watch the 2008 academy award nominated short titled "I Met the Walrus" below. further below yet, read how the interview went down (as told by jerry himself):
*i posted this in 2008 but recently rewatched the film and felt compelled to reshare the love
how it all went down (as told by Jerry):
I was 14 in 1969 when John Lennon mysteriously appeared in Toronto. So I skipped school and made my trek at 7:00 a.m. to a hotel I guessed he would stay in, went to the top floor, knocked on every door and woke a lot of disgruntled people. A cleaning lady asked, “Are you looking for the Beatle?” I said yes and she told me where he was. Kyoko, Yoko’s daughter was lying on the floor, colouring in front of a suite. I knew I’d found him, barged in, and made myself at home. John laughed at the spectacle, and let me stay.
Later on, with tape recorder in hand, I interviewed him and Yoko for about 40 minutes and talked about peace, The Beatles, John and Yoko music and teenage angst. I told him how I defended The Beatles to fans who were turning to other groups. I also told him how a butcher claimed that the Two Virgins album was pornography. He laughed and calmed me down. When I listed the hidden messages I found in the White Album he went out of his way to tell me that there is nothing magical about Beatles music and that he and the other Beatles are just regular guys. John gave me his copy of Life With the Lions and I left that encounter floating on air.