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the ghosts and goblins of Halloween soon to be returning
to their darkened hideaways, the big celebration of autumn
is upon us. That's right, I am talking about Thanksgiving.
I think that too often we don't stop and consider all of
the things we should be thankful for. For my part, I am
thankful for many things. For example, I'm a thankful that
Pezhead Monthly is still rolling along on this, its
sixteenth issue. It has been a fun ride and it only becomes
more fun issue after issue.
2002 was, may I say, an incredible month for Pez collecting.
In fact, not counting the two Pez conventions I've attended,
I don't recall a single month where I added so many different
Pez to my collection. First, I found refills for the delicious
new Sourz candy. Then, I came across the Doctor and Nurse
Pez bobbleheads, along with the singing Snoopy Giant Pez.
If that wasn't enough (and, quite frankly, it never is),
I most recently found the five new Johnny Lightning cars,
released in celebration of 50 years of Pez in America. If
you knew how hard I had been looking for these JL cars,
you would know the sense of elation I had when I finally
found them. Finally, I got some dispensers from a friend
who went garage sale hunting and got them for me. Any Pezhead
will tell you that the most meaningful way to get a Pez
is from a friend.
issue of Pezhead Monthly is also meaningful in its
own way. The feature article is an imagining of a world
where the legendary John Lennon was a Pez dispenser. As
with all articles in the newsletter, it's not meant to mock
Lennon's well-earned place in pop culture history, but rather
to honor him by giving it a Pez-flavored twist. Speaking
of flavors, this month's interview is with the Pineapple
Sourz Pez dispenser. Also in this issue is a humble helping
of Pez Poetry (including an anagram poem called "Thanks")
and a very educational Pez Almost-Quote of the Month.
know about you, but I very much enjoy November. I like seeing
the beautiful colors of the trees, one last time before
winter strips them bare. I like diving into a pile of leaves
after I just spent half an hour raking them. And I like
to pause and give thanks for what I have, Pez and beyond.
next month, take care and keep flipping that Pez!
Editor, Pezhead Monthly
John Lennon Was a Pez Dispenser
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was part of the biggest band in the world, he was an activist
for peace and justice, and he is today considered one of
the true legends in music history. But what if John Lennon
was a Pez dispenser? Imagine, if you will. It's easy if
Lennon Pez is born in Liverpool, England. First, he reached
for the guitar. Then, he began to tap piano keys. Not long
after that, he was dispensing Pez to kids of all ages.
Lennon Pez meets Paul McCartney Pez, forming the crucial
bond that would later bring to life the most important band
in music history. However, their friendship gets off to
a rocky start when a non-footed and somewhat inebriated
John Lennon Pez tips over, almost causing Paul McCartney
Pez serious paint damage and thereby ruining his resale
value. Fortunately, the two soon thereafter begin playing
music together and get along famously.
with his fellow bandmates, John Lennon Pez arrives in the
US for what is called, among other things, "Beatlemania,"
"the dawn of the British Invasion," and "the
longest plane trip of any Pez dispenser in recorded history."
He performs on the Ed Sullivan show and as a result, awareness
and sales of Pez skyrocket. Parents in American society
at first resent the spell that the Fab Pez Four casts on
their teenagers, but
soon come to realize that the color, nostalgia, and tasty
candy that the band offers is something that should be celebrated
instead of shunned.
Lennon Pez causes quite a stir in the candy community when
he declares, "The allure of candy wafers will go.
It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue that; I'm right
and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Neccos
in 1966, John Lennon Pez meets Yoko Ono Pez, and they fall
deeply in love. Many music and candy historians have harsh
words for Yoko Pez, accusing her of "breaking up the
Beatles set" and taking John Lennon Pez "out of
his original wrapper."
of the Beatles, John Lennon Pez releases the songs "Strawberry
Pez Forever" and "All You Need is Pez."
A psychedelic nation responds, "Yeah, man!"
hits just keep on comin'. With his newly formed Plastic
Dispenser Band, John Lennon Pez records "Give
Pez a Chance".
a lengthy battle, John Lennon Pez is finally awarded a green
card from the United States. An unfortunate panic ensues
when Pez collectors around the world mob stores looking
for a new variation of John Lennon Pez with a green display
card. It is later explained to them that a "green card"
deals with American immigration status. The incident demonstrates
further proof of the dedication and persistence of Pezheads.
Lennon Pez dies, much too soon to offer the world the full
breadth of his talent, and also much too soon to be sold
as a vintage collectible on eBay.
to check out two of the songs that made John Lennon Pez
great, "Strawberry Pez Forever" and "Give
Pez a Chance"!