Thursday, December 08, 2011

Tom Degan's Fantasy Flashback


UPI, Washington DC - September 20 1969:

John Lennon, the most "far-out" of the Fabulous Beatles, met with President Richard M. Nixon today in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.
During the two-hour meeting Mr. Lennon and the president discussed,  among other things, world peace, the famine in Bangla Desh, the aspirations of American youth and the best way of removing resin from a Chinese water-pipe. After presenting Mr. Nixon with a copy of "Two Virgins" a record he made with his Japanese wife, Yoko Ono, the president gave Mr. Lennon a copy of the album, "Mantovani Plays the Music of Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg". According to Chief of staff H.R.Haldeman, the two men also shared four tabs of blotter acid.
At the meeting's conclusion Mr. Lennon told the assembled press in the Rose Garden, "He's not a bad fellow deep down, I think. He just needs to expand his mind a little, you know?"
An hour later Mr. Nixon was found by his aid, Charles Colson, under the large conference table in the cabinet meeting room, singing "Everybody's Got Something to Hide 'cept for Me and My Monkey", trying to amputate his own feet with an antique emery board.
In memory of Doctor Winston O'Boogie (1940-1980) who left this world thirty-one years ago tonight.
Tom Degan
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John Lennon and Richard Nixon would have approved.


At 1:45 AM, Blogger Dearest Friend said...

I love it - it goes with my idea about his excitement if he could have been here about Obama's presidency and Kerry's near-election...all we are, hell...we all know how it goes...

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

In fact Johns Kerry and Lennon did meet. There is a photograph of the two of them taken in 1972. During the height of their anti-war activism.

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 2:14 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

They only did TWO hits of acid each ?? Boy what lightweights !!

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

For those of you who dig superficial, smug musicians who think we're incredibly interested in their opinions on life, the new John Lennon is a alive - his name is Bono. And, he has a cooler accent and wears way cooler glasses.

At 11:47 PM, Anonymous John said...

Tom, I've never heard of, "Mantovani Plays the Music of Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg". Do you have this LP (and if so, why does this not surprise me)?

If it were not for the exception of Yoko, coming from JL, I would only assume it is good...

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Truth be told, Johnny. My father had a couple of his records. The only one that ever impressed me was his Christmas album - which was very good - and which I have on reel-to-reel. The rest of his catalog is pretty lame. Very syrupy and uninspiring. But the public loved his music so we must give a tip of the hat to the man. He died in 1980 by the way.

When writing the piece I remembered that Dick Nixon was a STONE COLD FAN of Mantovani. I googled his discography to find the weirdest title I could muster.

"Mantovani Plays the Music of Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg" impressed me - to say the least.

I never dreamed I would live to see the day when I'd be writing about Mantovani. See what you've started, Harragin? Let's do Zuccotti Park again.



At 3:07 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

"Let me make this perfectly clear. I am a Lennonist, not a Leninist. Now why are the walls melting?"

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Thomas Jefferson said...

"Tyranny is when the people fear the government. Freedom is when the government fears the people."

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

"A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army... We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."

“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”
- letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”
- First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.”

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...

Ellis and Dave Dubya,

I am not ashamed to admit I am a marxist.

I think the value of a good or service produced is defined by the time and labor put into its production.

A person should even be paid to sit in a union "rubber room". His spending helps the economy.

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Suzan said...

I'm late.

Thanks, Tom.

I always cry for John at this time of year. He's the important man who died.

Love ya,


At 4:22 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Tom, write more.

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Jan O'Hagan said...

Just found you on Twitter today....which has led me to your blog. Can't wait to get home tonight and begin savouring it. Love what I've read so far.


At 2:59 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Thank you so much for that, Jan. I'll start reading yours right away as well. It's awfully nice to meet you!

All the best,


At 7:13 AM, Anonymous boltok said...

I'll take Nixon over Obama.

The Teleprompter just turned the military into the National Security Force. MSM silent. Blogs almost silent. Liberty and liberals is an oxymoronic alliteration.

Liberals are just sheep, despite the racket they make. You want to live in a gulag. You just want a sweaty eyed liberal in charge of it, not a Texan.

JG, where are you. I thought you were on top of this and that Ears would never let this pass.

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry boltok JG is busy looking for nations that operate under Marxist rule to answer your question.

Don't forget that JG and EDE are not Democrats, they are not even liberals, they are by their own admission, Marxist.
Keep that always in mind when debating them, and not be surprised as to what they "overlook" about our President.

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous John Lennon said...

And so, happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas from the BEATLES!

At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE BEATLES are wishing you a Good night

At 6:41 AM, Blogger Denise Canter said...

Nixon on, there's a thought.


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