Paul McCartney made a dying Beatles fan's dream come true by phoning the late Susan Kupferman -- a top official at New York City's MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority), prior to her death. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was quoted by The New York Daily News as saying that McCartney reached out to Kupferman during her recent hospital stay, saying: "I wasn't on the call but I'm telling you, Sir Paul called. He is a great guy."
Kupferman, who died of cancer on June 26th at age 54, worked as the director of the Mayor's Office of Operations, as president of MTA Bridges and Tunnels, as the MTA's chief operating officer, and lastly, as senior adviser to the MTA's chairman. Kupferman was also friends with McCartney's current wife, Nancy Shevell, who was a former MTA board member. Kupferman's sister -- who asked not to be named -- tearfully told the paper: "When we were kids, we were all Beatles fans."
Paul McCartney is no stranger to death, having weathered the loss of his mother Mary in 1956 when he was 14, former partner John Lennon in 1980, and first wife, Linda McCartney, in 1998. He was asked if believed in an afterlife: "Yeah, I think so. I don't have any strong beliefs, it's all a guess. But yeah, I a feeling. What I think is interesting now is, like, science is now catching up with religion. So all these quantum physics -- the idea that we are made of the same molecules that stars are made of, I think that is, y'know, astounding. Y'know, that we're made of the same stuff as this chair? I would've never believed that. So, it gives me perhaps reason to believe that there's something else -- but it's a complete guess."
Paul McCartney North American tour dates (subject to change):
August 9 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park
August 12 - Winnipeg, MB - Investors Group Field
August 14 - Regina, SK - Mosaic Stadium At Taylor Field