You ask the questions: (Such as: Cynthia Lennon, if you could ask Yoko Ono one question about John Lennon, what would it be?
Wednesday 07 July 1999
How did you discover that you had talent for art? And what do you think of John's sketches?
Gavin Jones, Cardiff
I always loved art. My first prize in the Liverpool Echo for a drawing gave me so much encouragement. It was all I wanted to do from then on (I was 11). John's sketches were rude, crude and hilarious - that's why I fell in love with him.
Despite remarrying, why do you still use John's name?
Susan O'Neill, London E4
Do you imagine I would have been awarded a three-year contract to design bedding and textiles [with Vantona Vyella in 1983] with the name Powell? Neither did they. When it is necessary to earn a living, it is necessary to bite the bullet and take the flack.
Do you have any plans to revive your pop career?
Sarah Hale, by e-mail
What pop career? I've been there, done that and got a CD to prove it. It was a wonderful experience, but I think I embarrassed Julian.
What was your relationship with the other Beatles wives?
Dr Edwin Brown, Oxford
We were like a family for six years, cocooned in a very strange world. I loved them all, and still do.
If you could ask Yoko Ono one question about John Lennon, what would it be?
Rob McLean, by e-mail
"How was the bread?" John spent five years of his life making bread and bringing up Sean - I just wondered what it tasted like.
To your knowledge, did John ever write a song for you or about you? If so, which one?
Mike Read, Hoylake, Wirral
It was too sloppy when you were young to dedicate anything to anybody. Macho Northern men didn't do that in those days. I can only muse about our time together and feel from the music.
John Lennon: saint or sinner?
Lindsay Robbins, Essex
John is neither a saint, nor is he a sinner. He was just human, like the rest of us.
How would you describe your relationship with Yoko Ono?
Hannah Wilson, London
A freezing day in Moscow, before the cold war ended.
Your fondest memory of John?
Mark Williams, Isle of Wight
John sitting in class at the Liverpool College of Art, playing a battered guitar, singing "Ain't She Sweet".
Quite a mythology has been built up over Stuart Sutcliffe. Does his talent merit it?
Andrew Holdcroft, by e-mail
We used to stand in awe, as students, watching Stuart paint. He was the finest student in the college. He was dedicated totally to his work, until he met John. Both are dead, but their work will live on.
Did John play his newly composed songs to you before anyone else?
Iain Baird, Stockton-on-Tees
It was par for the course for John to write, draw, whatever, when the muse took him. So, yes, in the middle of the night, in the bath, plane, car, he was a vociferous writer and yes, I was there as a captive audience, because it was a joy to behold.
What was your life like after John left for Yoko?
Dennis Adkins, by e-mail
I was emotionally bereft, financially comfortable but, as in all traumas, you find comfort and solace from family and friends and, to be honest, you just have to muddle through, get on with it; and for the sake of the innocent party, your child, keep your feet on the ground.
What was your life like with your second husband, Roberto Bassanini, and how was he different from John?
Dennis Adkins, by e-mail
Roberto was like a breath of fresh air after a very public divorce. His family welcomed us with open arms. The contrast was like a sunny day in Italy compared to a hoary frost in February, possibly in Moscow.
How did you find out about John's affair with Yoko? Is it true you came home one night to find her there?
Alan Richard, Cambridge
Yes, but that is only part of the story. I was on holiday with Julian, my mother, aunt and uncle, when John and Yoko decided to proclaim their love to the world's press (very courageous).
What is your dream for women in the next century?
Martin Boston, Wirral
My dream for women in the next century is the same as my dream for men - god love them! - peace of mind and peace on earth.
Over the last few years you've been selling off personal items from the Sixties through the Rock Memorabilia Auctions (furniture, ornaments etc). Is this indicative of a decision to make a break with that period of your life?
Janine Edwards, Caernarfon, Wales
I think in life we collect so much baggage, when you have a clearout, you send it to a car-boot sale, etc. My baggage was in demand and sold at Christie's. When you have to pay the bills, you're not proud and you can't take it with you.
I wondered how your son Julian reacted to John being stuck in the USA (while he was waiting for a green card). How did you cope with the situation and the separation? My son and I are in a similar situation.
Catharine Fage, Wilts
Everyone's circumstances are so different, but my answer can only be: the child is the essence of life, so move heaven and earth to make him/her happy, and that is what I tried to do and, thankfully, accomplished.
Is it really your intention to drop out of the Beatle scene?
Jean Catharell, Liverpool
The Beatles fans have always been wonderful to me and I think I have reciprocated, but I do believe there is life after The Beatles and all I can say is it is my life and it's time I put it in order, for myself and my family.
Do you think Julian's pop career has been helped or handicapped by having John as his father?
Helen Hatwell, London EC1
Julian has gone on record as saying that the only doors open to him were to clubs and restaurants - he had to find his own key to open other doors, with his talent, compassion and belief in himself.
Dame Vera Lynn, Followed by Carrie Fisher
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