London, South Kensington
24 June 2010
An intimate and revealing letter, typed, annotated and signed by John Lennon to Rick Sklar circa 1975 on Apple Records Inc. 1700 Broadway, New York, NY10019.. headed stationery, the address crossed out by John in black felt pen, the undated letter, a response to a note Sklar had sent to Lennon, possibly requesting an interview on his Radio show or an appearance on a Television show, opening: As I have already written [to] Howard to tell him no (thanks), I was a little surprised to get your note! I'm sure he'll just be fine without me, explaining his reasons for not appearing Apart from not being a 'variety' type performer (that's why I suggested Ringo to Howard) or feeling comfortable in those kind of situations.. I am currently going through one of my 18 month or so retreats.. a la Primal Therapy Meditation in ze Himalyas, he mentions that Yokos' [sic] pregnancy (thank God).. is going well before revealing three questions and thoughts that continually occupy his mind At the ripe old age of 34, I find myself going back to the age old question "WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?... WHY ARE WE HERE?... followed closely by "AM I DOING WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO..OR SIMPLY DOING WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO?!!! before deepening the mood by referring to his search for spiritual answers I just never beleived [sic] in waiting till 'deaths door' before facing (or at least trying) the Eternal Mysteries.. (a rose by any other name etc..) before signing off and lightening the tone by once again referring to Yoko's pregnancy and his son-to-be We'd love a boat ride.. but Dr says she she has to keep off her feet (Yoko) the baby is due late Oct early Nov. we've had so much trouble in the past we're being SUPER CAREFUL.. how does Dylan Ono Lennon sound?! signed in black felt pen and annotated with self portrait caricature; accompanied with photograph of Lennon with Sklar -- 8¼x9¼in. (21x23.5cm.) 1pp
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Rick Sklar was an American radio program director, who while at New York City's WABC was one of the originators of the Top 40 radio format.
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