Remembering George Harrison

It's George's birthday, and along with millions of other Beatle fanatics, I miss him dearly.  I'm grateful he gave so much of himself to us through his music, and believe it or not I actually got to tell him so, in one chance encounter. I was at the salad bar in a Providence, RI grocery store, when I happened to look over. I saw someone who looked uncannily like a young George. Aha! Then it dawned on me. His son Dhani is a Brown University student.  But as I looked again, there was George and Olivia buying flowers. So the angel on my left shoulder said "Leave him alone," but the devil on my right shoulder screamed at me to meet him. I listened to the devil. I passively and unstalkingly (real word?) approached him, and introduced myself. Then I thanked for his music and for changing my life. Then he thanked me!!!! What??? So I went on to ask him a musical question (because that's usually what rock stars want to talk about), despite my fanboy excitement, when a guy in a chef's hat came out from the back, whipped out a Sharpie, and said, "Hey, you're George Harrison!"  Next thing I knew, Dhani yelled, "Dad," and tossed George a set of keys, at which point my encounter with a Beatle went bolting out the door like a scene from "A Hard Day's Night."  I was a bit perturbed. A little while later I found myself behind Olivia and Dhani in the checkout line. This time I shut the devil up. Then out in the parking lot, I saw George sitting alone in the back seat of a car, with the door open, looking through the viewfinder of a camcorder.  Temptation.... But, I knew I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and that I should just be grateful, and leave it at that.  He died a couple of years later, and when I heard the news I knew how lucky I - and the world - was to be on the planet at the same time as George Harrison.

4 comments

  • Debbie
    Debbie Warwick
    Such a wonderful memory. I was fortunate to also have a one on one with George in pvd.

    Such a wonderful memory.
    I was fortunate to also have a one on one with George in pvd.

  • Mark
    Mark Cranston
    So good

    So good

  • Mary Kelly
    Mary Kelly Saunderstown
    Such encounters are surreal, for sure! As it turns out, I had Charlie Watts son and wife residing right behind me, on an estate. One day I was at the gas station up the street, and a blue jaguar was at the pump. A man got out with a young blonde. They looked very Hollywood to me, dressed fashionably . I thought, at first the man was Bill Maher; his hair was longish , gray and slicked back. Years later, I found out that it was Charlie Watts , who often lived in the smaller house on the estate, next to his son. I met the gardener, who said he preferred living simply, and often Keith Richards came to visit!

    Such encounters are surreal, for sure! As it turns out, I had Charlie Watts son and wife residing right behind me, on an estate. One day I was at the gas station up the street, and a blue jaguar was at the pump. A man got out with a young blonde. They looked very Hollywood to me, dressed fashionably . I thought, at first the man was Bill Maher; his hair was longish , gray and slicked back. Years later, I found out that it was Charlie Watts , who often lived in the smaller house on the estate, next to his son. I met the gardener, who said he preferred living simply, and often Keith Richards came to visit!

  • Annie Olivo-Champagne
    Annie Olivo-Champagne New Smyrna, Florida
    Awesome!!!

    Awesome!!!

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