On December 8, 1980, I was watching Monday Night Football with my college roommates when Howard Cosell announced that John Lennon had been shot. We just looked at each other in stunned disbelief, flipped over to the news and started playing Lennon and Beatles albums.
I didn’t understand then why someone would kill John Lennon. 27 years later, it still makes no sense. Whether you agree with his politics or not, there is no question that the world lost a musical genius that day.
Oct 9, 1940 – Dec 8, 1980