John Lennon's Last Audio Recording and Rare Autograph Revealed
"When I got back to San Francisco, I had a hundred messages on my answering machine, telling me [about Lennon's murder]," recounts Hummel. "When I saw Chapman's picture, I was sickened."
"John was supposed to go out to dinner that night," notes Sharp. Instead, he headed home to put his son Sean to bed. "Had [Lennon] gone to dinner, Chapman may have given up. Who knows if he would have returned? Sadly, we'll never know."
Three decades later, Hummel is ready to part with his historic artifact. "It's time," he concludes. "I've enjoyed it for 30 years, and now it's time for someone else to enjoy it. I'll always have my memories of that day with him, which are understandably, very bittersweet."