It is difficult to imagine that the former Beatle songwriter John Lennon, who recorded “Imagine”, was gunned down in New York City 40 years ago this evening. For people in my generation it was one of those moments in our lives where we vividly remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.
Howard Cosell announced the death of John Lennon during the Patriots vs the Dolphins football game. pic.twitter.com/2SUprssoKJ
— Prof Frank McDonough (@FXMC1957) December 8, 2020
The Beatles coming to America in February of 1964 helped us get past the assassination of John F. Kennedy and give us a reason to look ahead to happier times. Then, just 16 years later, Lennon’s killing gave us a chilling reminder that the world in which we live has always been, and probably will forever be, a world filled with senseless acts of violence.
“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”—John Lennon, 1971
The message is so simple and timeless. Make things about “us” and not about “me”.
Both today and tomorrow will bring partly cloudy skies with highs in the low to mid 40’s…certainly warmer than yesterday.