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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