Last Updated: Friday, September 02, 2011
There's a Beatle in town! Well, at least there was.
We've confirmed that Sir Paul McCartney was strolling around Rollins College Thursday night. College spokesperson Lauren Bradley says she got a text at about 9 p.m. Thursday that the legendary singer was on campus. She would not say whether he was on campus with his step-son or a younger relative. The college keeps that kind of info confidential.
Bradley says that McCartney "has left." She says he will not be on campus Friday.
I called Luma on Park after a Facebook friend posted that he was sitting just tables away from McCartney. A Luma spokesperson confirmed that he was there Thursday night. The reservation for a table of nine was under his fiance's name, Nancy Shevell. They were there with a bunch of Rollins students.
Luma hostess Barbara Donadello said she did not know who he was, but she learned fast.
"It was crazy," Donadello said. "We had, like, 20 teenagers outside trying to come in to take a picture of him."
We are told Sir Paul's table ordered the peach and pineapple pear salad, and also a margarita pizza.
While the restaurant would not say how much Sir Paul tipped, they did say "well," and that the waitress got to take the receipt with his signature on it home as a souvenir.
And at the end of the meal, Sir Paul greeted the restaurant's general manager. "As they were leaving he did approach, and said hello and shook my hand," Tim Noelke said. "I was a little taken aback."
Meanwhile, McCartney's guitar just happens to be on display through 4 p.m. Monday at the Orlando Science Center. It's part of the Gibson Tour Bus. I just asked the science center's VP of Communications, Jeff Stanford, whether McCartney is scheduled to show up. He said, unfortunately, he wasn't. And if he did, it'd be a heck of a surprise.