On May 16, 1975, John Lennon stepped off the train at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, and gave his old friend, famed Philadelphia journalist Larry Kane, a hug. Weeks earlier, Philadelphia’s number one music station WFIL Radio, with Kane’s Channel 6 News, began planning for their annual Helping Hand Marathon, a three day event to raise money for charitable organizations in the Philadelphia area. John visited historical Philadelphia and went on the radio station where he helped out as DJ and crowd pleaser to hundreds of fans, autograph hounds, photographers and assorted groupies, hippies, young adults, young children and contributors who stationed themselves in the parking lot where John made regular visits much to everyone’s pleasure. It was like 1964 all over again as the audience space had to be enlarged and the police barricades tripled to keep the growing mass from crushing him. During the entire weekend, John obliged everyone’s request for autographs and photos and in return many dollars were contributed to the marathon as thanks for the opportunity to get Lennon’s autograph on everything from shirts, arms, records and guitars to the Beatle notebook which he autographed for me. While acting as DJ he related some amusing anecdotes, such as a running narrative during the record “Yellow Submarine” (that’s Paul yelling orders with a paper bag over his head”), a comment “The Beatles would probably get together in a recording studio rather than a concert stage.” All the time while urging phone pledges for the marathon. John stayed on until midnight Sunday night (missing his train) and won praises for everyone involved in the successful marathon, including a Philly cop who got his cap autographed, and even the boring ”Boss Jocks” who presented John was a plaque naming him “an Honorary boss jock.” The “boss Jocks” had to play plenty of Beatles records all weekend since that was a condition for many of the cash pledges called in)."
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