It is with much sadness that I share that Beatles fan and John Lennon photographer, Paul Goresh passed away after a long illness on January 9, 2018.
The post I did about Paul in the early years of this blog remains the most popular post on the entire blog and currently is getting even more hits. There is something about this man that interests us so much. Who was he? Why did he take photographs of John Lennon? Why was he outside of the Dakota on the night John was killed?
Since first posting about him in 2010, I became friends with him on Facebook and found Paul to be a very nice, humble man. He was happy to share some of the photos of John that he had taken to be on this blog, but told me that he had over 200 photographs of John that no one has ever seen, including the very last photo of John ever taken. Paul snapped one more shot of John in the car as he and Yoko were leaving in the studio. I still hope that we will see a least some of those photos.
So how did this regular fan get to meet John Lennon? It is a pretty wild story -- but no wilder than any of the stories that included crazy things fans did to meet the Beatles. On February 12, 1979 Paul and his friend Mario dared each other to meet John Lennon. He worked for an electronics shop at the time and decided to act like they were VCR repairmen and try to get into the Dakota to meet John. Paul had on a clipboard that he was supposed to fix a VCR for a "J. Lennon." The doorman waved them through. The crazy part of this story was that John really WAS having problems with his VCR, but hadn't gotten around to telling anyone on the staff to call a repair man.
So Paul and Mario knock on the door of John's apartment and were extremely shocked that John answered the door. John was mad because he figured his secretary had scheduled the appointment and didn't bother to tell him, so he asked the guys to leave. The secretary told them to come back a few days later.
|Not toally sure if this note from John has anything to do with Paul but look at #6|
And so they came back but John had bought himself a new VCR. Paul asked him to sign his copy of "In his own write" and John agreed just as long as Paul wouldn't take any pictures. Goresh even showed me a photo of the book he had autographed.
|Photo by Paul Goresh|
Paul was at the Dakota on December 8, 1980, and we all know that he took that terrible photograph of John with his killer. At the time of taking the photo, it would have just been a snapshot of John signing an autograph for someone. There was no way that Paul or any other person there knew what was going to happen. I personally do not know why Paul chose to go public with the photograph -- but I never did ask him about that.
My condolences go out to Paul Goresh's family and friends and for all of us in the Beatles community that had the opportunity to get to know him.