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Old 12-09-2018, 08:54 AM
 
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I was 17 and watching Monday Night Football on ABC (I forget what teams were playing) when the network broke in with a news bulletin:

Former Beatle John Lennon was gunned down outside his NYC apartment building. Mr. Lennon was pronounced dead at a local hospital...

I still remember the total shock and sadness I felt. I also remember when they had the lowlife in custody...I wanted to go to the police station and kill him myself! The world lost a legend and for days, seemed that every radio station had tributes to John Lennon.

Where were you?
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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At my apt. in Charlotte...

my boyfriend at the time got teary...it affected us both. (remember seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan show the first time they came to the US).

His song IMAGINE still gets me, all these years later.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:13 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I heard it on the subway, on the way home after teaching a night class at NYU. A lot of NYU students were on the train as well; there was much weeping and embracing.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:04 PM
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I remember sitting on the couch with my sister and we were in shock we just could not believe it . I think I then had to go to work at the cookie factory night shift not a good night .
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:05 PM
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Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Work.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Heard second-hand, was only somewhat moved at the time. Of course, I was an older teen dealing with the wreckage of my father's life, his appointed guardian as he entered about the fifth month of a coma, and he died suddenly a few days after Lennon.

I probably felt the impact most when I visited the Strawberry Fields marker in Central Park about twenty years later.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I have no idea where I was or what I was doing. While sorry the man was killed I never cared for the Beatles or him.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:36 PM
 
Location: North Central Illinois
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I had just had a baby in September, my best friend was in the hospital giving birth to her third son, I called her to tell her congratulations and she said ‘my son was born on the day John Lennon died’. I don’t think I had known until she told me.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Pahrump, NV
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I have no idea where I was or what I was doing. While sorry the man was killed I never cared for the Beatles or him.
this!
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:33 PM
 
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He died yesterday (Dec. 8th) which is the irony that he never made it to the 9th. First there was an announcement that he had been shot in front of the Dakota. A couple of hours late, his death was announced. Little did I know that a very short time later, I would become professionally involved in the Beatle world. Had that happened a few months earlier, we would have met.
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