It Was 34 Years Ago Today: John Lennon 1940-1980


Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that John Lennon was gone?

I sure do, just like it happened yesterday. I was at home in suburban Maryland, doing some homework for a college class while watching ABC-TV’s Monday Night Football game, which was between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins. At one point, I wandered upstairs to get a drink and my mother told me — her crazy Beatlemaniac son — to look at the set she and my dad were watching, just after 11 p.m.; on their tube was the WRC-TV late news and an anchorman who was only here briefly named Marty Levin was telling the viewers that John Lennon had been shot.

The expression dropped from my face. Then I went back downstairs.

Then, moments later, came the infamous announcement on the football broadcast from Howard Cosell >>>

Only years later did many of us learn the minute details of what happened that evening, via this fine documentary on ESPN’s Outside the Lines >>>

I’ll go so far as to make the assumption that Lennon, too, was happy to renew his friendship with the man he described during his famous last concert appearance, at an Elton John show at Madison Square Garden, as “an old estranged fiance of mine, called Paul” >>>

So, where were you when you heard the news?


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