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My Hometown


While working together, Jerry and I both hoped to entice Yoko to write an introduction or forward to the book. When she offered a very short (but very sweet) quote instead, I think we both had a bittersweet feeling, like that was all we were going to get from Yoko. Of course, we were thrilled, but…


A stil from the Oscar-nominated short film, I Met the Walrus


Jerry and I lost touch a bit after the book came out. But I had no doubt he was doing grand things. After all, this is a man who literally talked his way into John Lennon’s hotel room at 14. Since then, he had become a lawyer, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, and a fine musician and entertainer in his own right named Sir Jerry.

So imagine my surprise when I heard about the new animated short film, My Hometown. Not only was it produced and directed by Jerry Levitan (and Emmy-winners Terry Tompkins and The Eggplant) but it was written and narrated by none other than Yoko Ono.


My Hometown, a timeless message of home, peace, and love, is now an acclaimed animated short that is also in the running for the Oscars. As usual, I was impressed but not all that surprised by Jerry’s tenacity and drive. He had a vision and didn’t let anything stand in his way. A good lesson for all of us, kids and adults alike.

“It’s been totally nuts,” Jerry recently told me. “We just made it to the first cut of Oscar shortlist. By [the first week of] December we should know if we are in the official shortlist of 10. To think that my meeting with John Lennon and Yoko Ono back in 1969 when I was 14, has taken me to the Oscars, the Emmys and now a project based on Yoko’s work is simply incredible.”

Knowing Jerry, even a little, it’s actually not that incredible at all. I wish Jerry and Yoko all the best.

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