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7/14/2014 6:00:00 AM
Beatles memorabilia fills Kingman home
Given chance, Wilfongs would live in Yellow Submarine
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Scott Wilfong with his extensive Beatles collection inside his home Thursday.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Scott Wilfong with his extensive Beatles collection inside his home Thursday.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner 
Scott Wilfong holds a rare copy of the Beatles’ controversial original “butcher” cover for the album “Yesterday and Today.” The “butcher” version is on top and the traditional version is at bottom.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Scott Wilfong holds a rare copy of the Beatles’ controversial original “butcher” cover for the album “Yesterday and Today.” The “butcher” version is on top and the traditional version is at bottom.

Scott Schulte
Miner Reporter


Correction: This article originally gave the wrong year for John Lennon's death.

KINGMAN - We may not all live in a Yellow Submarine, but given the opportunity, Kingman residents, Scott Wilfong Sr. and his wife Helen would probably choose to do so. Scott grew up an avid Beatles fan, learning to play his favorite Beatle' tune, "Yellow Submarine" on the guitar as a child and then passed it on to his family.

"I learned the song when I was 10 and I taught my daughter, Theresa, when she was 13. I'd also sing it to my granddaughter, Olivia, when she was a baby and her room was decorated as a Yellow Submarine," Scott said. "When Olivia was younger, I would send Yellow Submarine memorabilia signed by Captain Fred (the main character of the movie). She really thought Captain Fred was sending her things until she reached about 5 or 6 years of age."

When Scott and Helen purchased their dog, it was Olivia who named the pup - what else? - Captain Fred.

What started as a hobby has turned into a fun obsession for Scott and Helen. One room is even decked in artwork created by Shannon McDonald, world-renowned Beatles artist. McDonald, of New Jersey, was even labeled the best Beatles artist in 1998 by Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Herbert E. Atherrity, a recognition she still retains today.

"We have one of her pieces called the '9 Faces of John Lennon,'" Scott said. "Shannon sent us No. 2 of the 50 prints."

The Wilfongs are starting to sell much of their Beatles work so they can go to New York City on a trip to take in more about John Lennon.

They plan to go to the Dakota Apartments where John lived up until his death in 1980. They will also go to Strawberry Fields in Central Park and other areas loved by Lennon.

"Lennon was my favorite Beatle," Scott said. "He was about love and peace and I try to live my life as a man of peace."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Article comment by: John Muise

I m interested in the Boucher album..I had one but it got taking by someone.

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

Neat story. But with some of his collection obviously worth big bucks, advertising he has this stuff in a town crawling with a plague of thieving druggies/methheads is a HUGE mistake.

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Article comment by: Jus' Sayin'

Cool Stuff Scott: like groovy man... Dodger Stadium L.A and Balboa Stadium in San Diego .... thanks for sharing

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Article comment by: fellow fan

As a fellow Beatles' megafan I love now knowing that something like these and people like these are in my town. They definitely seem to have an enviable collection of memorabilia, the likes of which I'd love to own myself someday. I hope they're able to take their NYC/Lennon trip as soon as possible. I'm going to see Paul McCartney on the 10th of August and am beyond excited about it.

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Article comment by: glenda erwin

What a fun hobby you have Scott and Hellen. I too am from that era and The Beatles were a big part of the soundtrack to my teen years. My son loved the Sgt. Pepper's album and his little 3 year old's favorite song is Yellow Submarine, too! She enjoys singing it as well.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, nice to have positive news first thing in the morning!




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