UPDATE: Scroll down to the bottom of the Geoff Baker part for the update. I thought it was important to put it in context.
Our conspiracy theory and speculation appears to be crossing the lines of fantasy into reality (with mixed results, I might add).
Something very weird happened recently to former Paul McCartney publicist Geoff Baker, who turned down offers to write a book about his time with Paul to instead write a novel titled "Diary of a Madman."
The novel has been appearing in parts as frequent updates of Geoff Baker's blog. Breaking away from the routine novel updates, Baker recently posted an email exchange between him and someone named William Donohue.
Here are some highlights:
On November 26, 2008, Baker apparently received this email message from a William Donohue:
OH GOD, I'VE BEEN HACKED
PLEASE DON'T CONTACT ME AGAIN, IT COULD BE VERY DANGEROUS FOR ME, IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO TALK TO YOU, PLEASE DON'T TELL THEM ABOUT ME. I THINK THEY FOUND OUT. PLEASE RESPECT MY WISH TO BE INCOGNITO, THEY FOUND OUT YOU HAVE THE TWIN PEPPERS.
TAKE CARE, PLEASE. IT's NOT FUNNY!
It went back and forth with Geoff trying to convince the person that he had the wrong guy. You will notice that this person mentioned the "Twin Peppers" two days before I did. William also gave Baker the address of a phony (but probably not Iamaphoney) YouTube account which has already disappeared.
Later in the exchange we have Geoff responding this way to Mr. Donohue on November 27, 2008:
This is becoming surreal. To answer and possibly explain:
1. The website you sent me to, where I am alleged to exist as Geoff 'anus' Baker, has McCartney references. I worked for Paul for 15 years so I presume the Geoff Baker they are referencing is me.
2. Of course I have heard of YouTube.
3. I have however never heard of the RA Revelation Freedom Fighters who are those claiming to be the people who have hacked me.
4. I don't know who this other Geoff Baker is who is warning you that he too has been hacked, but I shouldn't worry about any of this as it all has the hallmark of the petty and daft.
5. It doesn't bother me, I have much experience of dealing with nutters. Which is why I am now posting all this correspondence onto my blog, so everyone else can enjoy the pointlessness of it all.
This really is a "nutter" move. I hope that Iamaphoney had nothing to do with it.
The "Twin Peppers" are supposedly two different mixes of the Sgt. Pepper album provided to Iamaphoney by Neil Aspinall. Someone claimed that if you sync the two together and play them simultaneously, you will hear secret messages. If I ever get any evidence that the "Twin Peppers" exist, I will share it here.
The harassment of Geoff Baker concerns me and threatens the credibility of those who claim to have special inside information, including Iamaphoney. Since the Berlin suitcase is "in circulation" it presents all kinds of opportunities for people with partial information to make the water even more murky than it already is. My hope is that Iamaphoney will speak soon and distance himself from this latest excursion that seems to be over the line. Geoff Baker clearly seems to not be playing along.
UPDATE: The image below will take you to a YouTube Channel that appears to be related to the Geoff Baker shenanigans.
Incidentally, Geoff Baker's book looks like it will be a good read.
There have been other less scary occurrences of items in the news that seem to fit our story.
Recently Mojo Magazine did two consecutive issues spotlighting the 40th anniversary of the Beatles White Album. I noticed as I was reading the second issue that they cleverly title their letters to the editor around a particular theme. All of the letters in that issue had titles from lines in the movie "Yellow Submarine." I then realized that in the first issue, which featured the Beatles on the cover, all of the letters to the editor had titles taken from lines of the movie "Paths of Glory." That movie of course was directed by none other than Stanley Kubrick. Iamaphoney and Grandfatheraleister would be proud.
The much talked about article Sir Paul McCartney confronts the ghosts of his past contained some interesting items. First of all, the author committed a glaring factual error by stating that Ringo played on "How Do You Sleep." If Ringo played at all on the "Imagine" album, it has been a well kept secret for over a quarter of a century. But the article was based on conversations that took place over a period of several months, so the author, Mark Edmonds, did get to spend a lot of time with McCartney. As a result, he asked McCartney questions that I doubt he had ever been asked previously, such as, would he ever perform the song "How Do You Sleep." Yes, he actually asked him that. The article also described McCartney's access to world leaders, or more accurately, world leaders' access to Paul McCartney.
Despite the unusually tight access, the article is far from being a fluff piece about Paul. He addresses some of Paul's unfortunate public relations gaffes including his initial reaction to John's death and the firing of Geoff Baker. A particularly interesting passage in the long article dealt with Lily Evans, the widow of Mal.
I mention that I have recently interviewed the widow of Mal Evans, the Beatles’ long-standing roadie who felt let down by the group when they broke up — the comment is simply ignored as though he didn’t hear it.
Who interviews Lily Evans these days and why? Interesting.
There is a new website dedicated to the Beatles and created for the purpose of spreading peace and love throughout the world. Check out Fixingahole.org. Even CNN did an interview with author Steve Turner with the title "The Beatles were a 'Spiritual Force.'" With power like that, they could, dare I say it, rule the world.
Finally, I got a mention on one of my favorite websites recently, the often cited Abbeyrd News Page. I happened to contribute some Fireman minutiae after I spotted a missing piece in a story.