On this day in 1980 John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark Chapman

I love the Beatles...
or should I say...
I loved the Beatles
for no reason at all the Beatles are not high on my rotation these days
perhaps I should change that

right now I am making a Beatles station on Pandora to play in the background as I type

although I was just learning to walk while the Beatles were breaking up
I still grew up with the Beatles being a big part of my youth

the music and the movies by the Beatles gave me great pleasure
there are grand memories of coloring in coloring books with the Beatles Apple records spinning on t
he turntable

I was in 7th or 8th grade when John Lennon was shot and killed
I remember playing hookie the next day... claiming to be sick... getting no argument from my overly sympathetic mother
my day was spent watching the news and reading the paper
and perhaps listening to the radio
perhaps more reading the paper and listening to the radio than watching the news as this incident occurred in a pre-cable television era

somewhere I in my collection of junk I still have the stack of clippings that I collected on that day

it saddened me and shocked me that this could happen
all I could do was wonder "why?"
who was this person? and why would he want to kill John Lennon?

Mark Chapman was his name
insanity... stupidity... sickness can be the only explanations

it was curious and sad
the absurd actions of a mad man
a coward with a reason that he could not even explain
simply using the book Catcher in the Rye as his explanation

images snagged from here



Mark Chapman