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In bed with John Lennon & Yoko Ono

By on July 23, 2013 in Articles with 0 Comments

langan-lennon090512Imagine you’re 23 years old, the low man on the newsroom totem pole, and they are about to send the police reporter, the oldest guy in the room, to cover John Lennon and his new wife at a bed-in in downtown Montreal.

I begged, I yelled, I pouted. Finally they sent me in his place.

It was a Monday, the morning of May 26, 1969. I had been working at the CBC for a little more than a year. From time to time they would let me out to do a story, but most of the time I was stuck in the office handling feeds and video clips.

The bed-in was one of those exciting moments in life, getting to meet a live Beatle. Lennon was super cool and, like everyone in my generation, I knew every Beatle song by heart, even knew which ones he had written.

Lennon and Yoko Ono were hot news. No one had ever heard of a bed-in before the two of them invented it in Amsterdam in March of that year. I couldn’t wait to get to it.

I went to the CBC garage and got in a car with Eddy O’Neill, a veteran CBC cameraman who learned his trade in the Royal Canadian Navy during the war and had just come back from two tours of duty as the CBC News cameraman in Vietnam. Vietnam was part of the issue at the heart of the bed-in, and I suppose O’Neill was the only one in the room who had seen the war up close.

That night we ran clips of Lennon and Ono on our newscast. The current affairs part of the program, called Seven on Six (because it came on Channel 6 at seven o’clock — cute, eh?), ran a long piece making fun of all the mindless questions and the throngs of camera crews.

The whole event lasted only an hour or two, but I still have the picture on my wall.

About the Author

About the Author: Fred has had a full career as a CBC TV host and reporter. He has written countless articles for many renowned publications such as The Economist, The Globe and Mail, BusinessWeek and many more, as well as more than 2000 obituaries. He is also a successfully published author and ghostwriter. His current projects include writing and co-authoring books, as well as lending his talents as a speaker and interviewer for webcasts. .


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