At the age of four, Julian Lennon drew a picture of Lucy Vodden, his beloved childhood friend and schoolmate. She was the very "Lucy" 'in the sky with diamonds.' This drawing was the inspiration for a very well known and beloved song. Julian does not own his creation, and has no knowledge as to how it left the Lennon household.
"John Lennon's son, Julian, showed his father a nursery school drawing he called "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", depicting his classmate, Lucy O'Donnell, more than 4 decades ago. Julian said, "I don't know why I called it that or why it stood out from all my other drawings, but I obviously had an affection for Lucy at that age. I used to show dad everything I'd built or painted at school, and this one sparked off the idea.." (of the song) Lucy Vodden O'Donnell, in a BBC radio interview in 2007, said, "I remember Julian and I both doing pictures on a double-sided easel, throwing paint at each other, much to the horror of the classroom attendant. Julian had painted a picture and on that particular day his father turned up with the chauffeur to pick him up from school." At the age of 5, Julian and his father were separated by time, fame and circumstance. In 1980 his father was taken away permanently. His friend, Lucy, was also taken away at a young age after battling Lupus in 2009. Julian has now lost not only his father, but his childhood friend. Our committee was created to heighten the awareness of the facts.
Who we are
We, the undersigned, are determined, enthusiastic people with the best of intentions in mind. We are friends/fans of Julian, and communicate with him regularly on his Facebook page. This topic has been discussed on there, and when asked if he had requested the drawing be returned, his reply was "It was a no go." His response was the catalyst in creating the Facebook and page this petition.
We value and highly regard their work and only ask you to fully evaluate all facts at hand before coming to a conclusion. For both sentimental and just reasons, we ask you take our plea under serious consideration.
Lisa Davidson-Hogg-Drawing Group Creator
Roula Mavridou /administrator/ Team Julian
"We request that you to consider returning the drawing known as "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" to Mr. Lennon. The group is firmly committed to achieving our goal to see the drawing back in the hands of it's rightful creator and thereby owner. This is a fitting and reasonable plead for an overdue act on behalf of Julian's 20 year quest to purchase various Beatle, John Lennon and his own personal memorabilia. All help and consideration is very much appreciated as well as your time, attention, support and understanding in this matter.
A Matter of Principal
This would be a fitting and a well-deserved tribute to a legend who has marveled discriminating enthusiasts through his talents, skills and selfless acts of philanthropy for years. We wish to present this petition to Mr. David Gilmour who purchased the artwork WITHOUT Mr Lennon's knowledge of sale.
Julian Lennon has inspired many and remains a powerful presence. It would take pages to list his successful endeavors as an entertainer, photographer, giving and passionate artist.
We encourage everyone who has been touched by his story and his works to participate further by spreading the word and to solicit others to sign as well.We strongly believe he deserves to have his own artistry back for his lasting and continued contributions not only with his art but his enviromental and humanitarian causes as well.
People of all ages are moved by his commanding presence.
In signing this petition, we are informing and reminding the public of the impact he has had on generations of fans . A stroll down memory lane is incomplete without Julian being recognized for all he has done to make our world a better place.
Julian Lennon has a huge and loyal fan base who all agree he is one of the most gifted entertainers and humanitarians among us. In this effort, we hope the opinion will be understood and agreed upon. We are prepared to launch an international effort through the Internet to solicit signatures for this purpose and hope our reasonable and valid wish is granted. This sign of respect is due as a small token of our love, gratitude and hope the world is reminded of the Lennon legacy.
cc: Kathy Thompson 2010