John Lennon’s Handwritten Letter Proves He Was Yoko Ono’s Biggest Fan

John Lennon Was Yoko Ono's Biggest Fan

There is no doubt that John Lennon was inspired by wife Yoko Ono throughout his career. But now, thanks to a handwritten letter that sold at auction for $28,000, it’s evident just how much he cared to help promote his wife’s musical career.

According to Rolling Stone, the former Beatles front man wrote a heartfelt letter in 1971 to New York-based television host Joe Franklin in an attempt to help promote Yoko Ono’s new record at the time, called Fly. The album, according to Lennon, was “far out,” and he hoped Franklin would give it a listen:

“Of course Yoko can explain her music better in person, this is a kind of introduction. For something rather more ‘straight,’ a track called ‘Mrs. Lennon’ on Fly is an example of her more conservative side. “She was trained as a classical musician, and took music composition in Sarah Lawrence College as her major. It’s far out, but don’t let it frighten you.”

And according to the NY Daily News, Franklin was not frightened by John’s letter or Yoko’s music. “Yoko was on my show nine times,” Franklin said recently. “John Lennon was on three times. Yoko was only with him one of those times. Part of his whole thing was to convince her to be confident enough to do it on her own.”

Many fans of the Beatles of course blame Yoko for breaking up their all-time favorite rock band. But John Lennon insisted for years that it was not the case. He also mentioned many times in interviews how his wife inspired his own creative process. This letter shows a passionate husband simply trying to return the favor.

In other Lennon news, National Geographic is reporting that scientists in Africa have named a new species of tarantula after John. And yes, the irony of the situation is inescapable that a spider and not a beetle would be named after the revered songwriter.

Bumba lennoni is the new species of tarantula that lives in the Amazonian state of Pará, Brazil (map), according to a study published October 20th in the journal ZooKeys. Study leader Fernando Pérez-Miles explains the story behind the naming. “I have been waiting for a while to dedicate a species to Lennon because I am a fan of the Beatles,” he stated to National Geographic. “I decided not to wait anymore.”

Bumba lennoni was discovered in a trap at a scientific station in Caxiuana, a national forest in 2005.

[ John Lennon/Yoko Ono photo courtesy of Billboard ]

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Nikki Reed Pretend-Humps Kaley Cuoco In Wacky Dance Video

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Nikki Reed and Kaley Cuoco are BFFs now!

The Twilight actress and The Big Bang Theory star bonded at the ASPCA cocktail party that was held in Bel Air, California on October 22. The ladies care deeply about their furry friends, so they were both presented with ASPCA Compassion Awards for working to ensure that all animals are treated right.

According to Just Jared, Nikki Reed credited her mother for nurturing her love of animals.

“I’m very honored to be receiving this award, but the person who should really be receiving it is my mother. I grew up with a mom who allowed any and everything to come into the house.”

During the cocktail party honoring those who care about animals, it looks like Nikki Reed and Kaley Cuoco turned into party animals. Nikki posted a crazy Instagram video that showed herself and Kaley showing off some rather questionable dance moves.

In the video’s caption, Nikki Reed explains what Kaley Cuoco is holding in her hand.

“Hey @normancook we might be the most serious dancing duo on the planet. Should we take this show on the road? By the way, I like the way you improvised with the pooper scooper. Totally my thing. #aspca”

Kaley sort of resembles Miley Cyrus when she gets down low and shakes her booty at the end of the video, but she hasn’t quite mastered the twerk. However, Nikki’s movements are even wackier — her arms fly all over the place, and she does a weird fake-humping move behind Kaley.

Cuoco and Reed’s love of being goofy turned them into fast friends. Kaley revealed that Nikki is her new BFF in an Instagram photo featuring the gals making funny faces.

“Me and my new best friend @iamnikkireed my head is eating this entire picture. #soulsisters #ponylovers”

Nikki Reed And Kaley Cuoco

It’s not surprising that Nikki Reed and Kaley Cuoco bonded at the ASPCA cocktail party. Both actresses can’t resist rescue animals, and they’re both horse lovers. As The Inquisitr previously reported, Nikki and boyfriend Ian Somerhalder adopted a horse together back in August, and they recently expanded their furry family even more by rescuing a homeless kitten. Reed shared a photo of the kitten and asked for name suggestions.

Nikki Reed And Ian Somerhalder Adopt Kitten

“Went to the animal shelter today to give some love to the babies living in cages who don’t have homes and ended up adopting this little girl! What should we name her?”

Ian Somerhalder retweeted the photo and described the “newest addition to the family” as “amazing.”

Kaley Cuoco tried to prove that she’s a bigger animal lover than Nikki Reed and her man during a recent interview with E! News. The Big Bang Theory star revealed that her rescue dog is the most important mammal in the world to her.

“Anyone that knows me knows Norman, and he is the love of my life. My husband knew that going in. He’s No. 1…I love that guy so much!’”

What do you think of Nikki Reed and Kaley Cuoco’s awful dance moves? Can you overlook their lack of rhythm because they’re so awesome to animals?

[Image credits: Kaley Cuoco, Nikki Reed via Instagram]

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Drake “6 God” + “Heat Of The Moment” + “How About Now”

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And like that, Drake drops three heaters on the Internet. The Young Money soldier is in a giving mood today releasing a trio of tracks, “6 God,” “Heat of The Moment” and “How About Now.” Could any or all of these be off his upcoming LP? “6 God” is produced by Boi-1da and Syk Sense. 40 is behind “Heat of The Moment” while Boi-1da and Jordan Evans provided the “How About Now” instrumental. Aubrey’s forthcoming album, Views From The 6 is coming in 2015.

Check out Drizzy’s latest, below.

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Krossblade’s SkyCruiser can’t decide if it’s an airplane, quadcopter, or car

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Can’t decide if you want an airplane, a helicopter, or a flying car? Then why not all three at once? Arizona-based start-up Krossblade seems to think the same way with its SkyCruiser concept – an electric hybrid aircraft that not only switches between being an airplane and a quadcopter, but can be driven on the road as well… Continue Reading Krossblade’s SkyCruiser can’t decide if it’s an airplane, quadcopter, or car

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Auctions: Detroit auctioning off hundreds of surplus vehicles, including vintage trolleys

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The financial difficulties facing Detroit, MI, are well known with examples including not having the funds to replace batteries in its parking meters and at least considering selling off its art collection. To make some extra money, the city is holding a public auction on November 5 where it’s getting rid of what it is calling surplus vehicles. Usually, Autoblog wouldn’t cover a municipal auction, but a few of the lots are so interestingly bizarre that they need to be seen.

Looking through the items, you find pretty much all of the machinery a city needs to function with a huge number of vans, pickups, medium-duty trucks, even a transit bus. But then lots 224, 225 (pictured above) and 226 jump out at you because they consist of three trolley cars that appear much older than everything else listed.

Remarkably, all three appear to be in impressive condition and vary in length from 22 to 32 feet. Lot 224 is in a shade of sea foam green and eggshell white that you just don’t see anymore. All three are covered in dust, but the wooden interiors of 224 and 225 still seem to be in great shape. Lot 226 seems to be in the worst shape of the bunch from the photos, but it still isn’t too bad. There’s also a listing for lot 1050 that just says “3 trolley cars” with no further description or images, as of this writing.

There’s no indication what these old streetcars were used for or how long the city has had them. It’s possible that they could be among the nine, historic trolleys that ran along Detroit’s Washington Boulevard from 1976 through 2003. Check out the auction listings for more photos of them.

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