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- Posted on Jun 13th 2008 3:00PM by James Sullivan
The Associated Press reports that since vandals stole two replicas of the slain singer's trademark round glasses from a statue a few years ago, four retirees have taken twelve-hour shifts around the clock to insure it doesn't happen again.
In a small city lot known as Rockers Park, where Beatles fans gathered to celebrate the group's music in the days when it was banned by the Cuban government, the four watchmen take turns sitting on a bench near the statue, keeping an eye on the Lennon specs. The men often keep the glasses in their shirt pockets until tourists come along who want to take a picture.
The statue was dedicated by Fidel Castro on December 8, 2000, the 20th anniversary of Lennon's murder. Though the Beatles' music is now commonplace in Cuba, 89-year-old caretaker Juan Gonzalez says he doesn't care for it. "I like all kinds of music," he says. "But not that."
The thieves, who have never been identified, might do well to heed some of the sage Beatle's words of wisdom. "Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law," he said. "It's nine-tenths of the problem."
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