Dr. Mark Denison

“Paul Is Dead!”

Talk about your crazy rumors! If you are over 55 years old, you remember one of the great urban legends of all time. “Paul is dead!” I don’t even need to explain that to you. You know exactly what I’m talking about. In the late 1960s American college students published articles claiming that clues to Paul McCartney’s death could be found among the lyrics and artwork of the Beatles’ recent recordings. He was killed in a car crash, according to the rumors circulated in London.

The Drake University student newspaper published an article titled, Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead? It was said that Beatles music played backwards confirmed his death. Famed lawyer F. Lee Bailey took to the air with a one-hour television special, in which he promoted the “evidence” of McCartney’s death. The rumors continued to spread. Then, on this date, 1969, something happened that pretty much debunked the rumors. On April 24, 1969 Paul McCartney did a live interview, in which he insisted he was very much alive, though he had chosen to “be a little less famous these days.” There. The rumor was finally put to rest, once and for all.

Well, not so quick, Sherlock. In just a matter of a few weeks, the rumors returned. On October 21, 1969, the Beatles’ press office issued a statement attesting to McCartney’s good health. The November, 1969 issue of Life Magazine plastered Paul’s picture on the cover, with the words, “Paul is still with us.” But still, some did not believe. Does this story sound familiar to anyone but me? It should. You see, a couple thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was put to death. Most assumed he’d stay dead. But, right on cue, he rose the third day. He appeared before Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary. Then he appeared to Peter and John, then the rest of the disciples. One day he appeared to 500 at one time. But still, the rumors persisted. Jesus was dead. Well, I can put those rumors to rest once and for all. I know he is alive. How do I know? It’s simple. I was just talking to him this morning.

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