"He was one of those people who you liked right away," Cavett says of the Beatle. "There are some people that it takes a while to figure out if you like them or not. You know, are they smart, do they say 'excetera'? But with Lennon it was instant accessibility. I immediately wondered, 'How long have I known this guy?' It was like talking to an old friend. He was peaches, as we used to say back then. I didn't observe him with many other people, but the only time I ever saw him tense or on edge was at the courthouse in downtown New York City when I testified on his behalf that he shouldn't be deported by the Nixon administration. I said that if they were going to start deporting the sort of valuable citizen that John was that I had a list of about 100—not all in show business—that should go first. We didn't talk much that day, but I remember seeing him at the end of a long corridor and he did seem to be concerned and unusually serious, but understandably so."
Wednesday, October 29, 2014