faith in the future out of the now

Yeah we’re playing those mind games together
Projecting our images in space and in time

As you probably know, today marks the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.

Many of us remember where we were when we heard the news. We remember it with a similar vividness that imbues the memories of those who recall the Kennedy assassination.

I remember the moment with profound clarity, the intricate details like the dark paneling and slightly drafty chill of the room of the San Francisco Victorian flat where I was living and being in bed at night with a big 8-month pregnant belly, uncomfortable, tossing and turning and listening to the clock radio to my left.

Projected altering images in space and in time …

Where were you when John Lennon was killed?


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Invictus
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 19:05:49

    I remember hearing about it, and even having a vague idea who he was, which is pretty good for a seven-year-old in the pre-Internet era, but I don’t remember where I was when I heard it. The first such event like that for me was the Challenger explosion in 1986. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel like a loss, though; every time I hear something off Double Fantasy, I think about what some nutjob with a gun stole from the world that long-ago December.


    • allycatadventures
      Dec 08, 2010 @ 19:52:21

      @Brandon – Seven – young, yes, but not surprising. 😉 Parallel to Lennon’s death, local radio hosts presented the question of what musician’s death impacted the younger generation. Michael Jackson? No, they agreed, and they drew a blank not only in terms a potential Lennon equivalent in the recent past but the near future. I had to agree; I couldn’t come up with a younger musician whose sudden unexpected death would have the global impact that Lennon’s did. Feel free to propose a name if you can think of one!


  2. Tony
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 07:21:14

    Hello..Saved me posting on John’s death..I was at my girl’s apt. at the time. My dad called and said ‘did you hear what happened today?’..Having just turned off the FM in the car..I said..’yeah, John Lennon was shot dead’..he said, loudly, ‘never mind him, Ronald Reagan, the president of the United States..(I guess he thought I may have still thought of him as RR the ‘actor’) was shot 3 times’ response was..’it’s a shame they waited until after the election’..politics in life..whoa dogies..Peace Tony


  3. Invictus
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 08:37:41

    The only one I can think of in my generation who was even in the same ballpark was Kurt Cobain, and he didn’t have nearly the influence or impact. Of course, the Beatles were a tough act to follow; in today’s Balkanized media landscape, I’m not sure it’s even possible anymore to have the kind of impact they did.


    • allycatadventures
      Dec 09, 2010 @ 12:12:29

      @B – Ja, the radio host brought those up as well, Cobain and the niches that define the industry. I also can’t help speculating on whether, holding the elements constant, the world would’ve responded identically or nearly so for every Beatle.


  4. inaformerlifeanexpat
    Dec 10, 2010 @ 03:26:17

    In Japan I was


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