Desperately seeking Paul

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Rosie Campos drives by a certain address once a week. She never stops. She never gets out. She does not want to intrude. She just wants a glimpse of the man she fell in love with 42 years ago. When she was a fourth-grader at Longfellow Elementary, she was going to marry Paul McCartney. There’s nothing to see from the street except a large hedge, so her best chance is to catch him coming or going. Once, she pulled up alongside a jogger. It wasn’t him. “I don’t want to stalk the man,” she said on a recent trip by the house. “I just want to see him.” At slumber parties she and her friends would tell “Beatle stories” – elaborate fantasies about meeting the Beatles and dating their favorite one. There were many variations, but Rosie always ended up with Paul. “Paul was my man,” she said. “He was the cutest.” They have since gone their separate ways. Paul has become the most successful songwriter of all time, married twice (the first time, Rosie’s 14-year-old heart broke) and been knighted. Rosie, too, has married. She’s had three children and three grandchildren, and divorced (happily, she says). She worked briefly as a hair stylist, and for the past decade, has handled paperwork for Team Chevrolet on East Colorado Boulevard. The Beatles’ breakup was a traumatic moment, and she didn’t follow Paul much through his solo years. She stowed away all of her memorabilia – the photos, the John Lennon quilt and the Beatle trading cards. The crush seemed like a dead artifact of adolescence. But in retrospect, it was only dormant. Last year, a friend invited her to the McCartney concert at Staples Center, and Rosie – now 51 years old – fell for him all over again. This time, there was one important difference. He was rumored to have a house in Pasadena. This time, she could meet him. “It’s something that as a child I always wanted, but it was never available,” she said. “Right now, there’s a chance.” Rumors of McCartney’s residency in Pasadena have been circulating for nearly a year. Some people say he had rehearsed for his tour here and liked it. Others say he needed to stay in a warm, dry climate, perhaps for his wife’s health. He’s been seen in Old Pasadena, on South Lake Avenue, and at the Good Earth restaurant in Studio City. It was reported, falsely, that he had bought the Batman house on South San Rafael Avenue. Most of the rumors now have McCartney spending at least part of the year in a mansion near the Ritz Carlton, Huntington Hotel, probably on Hillcrest Avenue. But property records do not confirm this (it’s of course unlikely the house would be listed under McCartney’s name) and some of his supposed neighbors have never even heard the rumor, much less seen the Beatle in the flesh. In her search for McCartney, Campos drew on her contacts in the Pasadena area. A friend in San Marino who “knows everybody” made a call, and came up with an address. It was wrong, but a few more conversations – one with a landscaper who used to have the house’s account – led her to a driveway. It twists behind a bush and out of view. She is certain McCartney is on the other end. She lives in Arcadia now, so the drive to Oak Knoll takes her a little out of her way. It’s worth it, though – a little weekly thrill. “This is the kind of place where if you parked, they would call the police,” she said. “I don’t want to get in trouble. If people are walking up the driveway, that, to me, is crossing the line. I don’t want to cross the line.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444last_img

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