Saturday, March 29, 2008
The Willits News recently claimed that Elton visited Mendocino County.
It stated that on March 17, the singer spent time with Linda Byrnes of Natural Choice who, "was the first to figure out it was really Elton John," and that he and his small entourage were on their way from Humboldt County to the Bay Area.
An unconvincing cell phone photo purporting to be Elton with Byrnes accompanied the story, which suggested that the performer may have stopped in Willits because he was friends with the late sculptor and Ferndale resident, Hobart Brown (who died last year), and wanted to see the Kinetic Sculpture Race founded by the artist, as well as the exhibition at Hobart Galleries.
Ellin Beltz of Hobart Galleries has cleared it all up.
Eldon John visited Humboldt County.
Eldon, she explained, does appearances as Elton, including in Asia, and planned to become involved with Bollywood movies.
And it was Eldon, who owns several of Brown's pieces, and who was friends with the artisan for more than 30 years.