Happy Georgeday

George Harrison would have been 73 years old today. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone for so long, particularly when I think about all the things that have happened over the past dozen years, things that George would have especially enjoyed. I’m thinking particularly of the Monty Python reunion in 2014; George would have been in it up to his eyebrows.
Although I admittedly didn’t get to spend much time with him, I can’t emphasize too much what a great person he was. I’ve often thought that if he hadn’t been so ridiculously famous, we could have gotten to be close friends. Not that fame was something he ever seemed comfortable with–just the opposite–but it was something he simply couldn’t help.
I wasn’t around when this picture was taken (I think I was in a car to the Tunis airport at the time), though I got to hang with him the previous night. But it was great to see him looking so comfortable and relaxed spending time with the Pythons, in a place where he couldn’t be further from the spotlight, and I always felt privileged to get to see him that way. Happy birthday George. You are missed.
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