John Lennon Oct. 9th, 1940-Dec. 8th, 1980

John Lennon standing in front of the Statue of Liberty

John Lennon standing in front of the Statue of Liberty

Today is a rather somber day.  Twenty-eight years ago, today, John Lennon was murdered in front of his apartment building in New York City.  The following day John’s wife, Yoko Ono, issued this statement:

“There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him. Love, Yoko and Sean.”

This day is close to my heart, even though I wasn’t even in the world when it happened.  Because of John Lennon’s death, and my birth eleven days later, I was named in his honor.

John was a peaceful man, and I am taking time today to honor him.  His music, his art and his life mean very much to me, and I wished to pay him this small tribute.

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One Response to John Lennon Oct. 9th, 1940-Dec. 8th, 1980

  1. ddemoura says:

    I remember the day well. I was in 8th grade at the time. The significance of the Beatles was still on the lips of the 60’s generation, who were slowly becoming the yuppies of the 80’s. John Lennon was not so much as easily identified by my “generation x” as we were still cringing from disco, digesting punk, and looking forward to new wave. His relevance was lost on us. That is, until that fateful day. Suddenly, we all knew his name. He became much more than an ex-Beatle. He became a figure who carried the ideals of his generation into a new decade. He would have loved Bob Geldoff’s vision of the Live Aid concert event in 1985. He might have still criticized it, too.

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