WATCH: Do you remember where you were when John Lennon died?
If you were to ask any member of the “Greatest Generation” where they were when they heard the news about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, they could probably tell you chapter and verse as to where they were.
And since yesterday was the 73rd anniversary of the “day that will live in infamy,” I’m sure it conjured up many memories among those who’ve lived through it.
Similarly most “baby boomers” could probably remember where they were 34 years ago today – as this is the anniversary of the murder of John Lennon.
Had he lived, he’d have been 74.
I was 10 days away from my 29th birthday, living in Harrisburg and working at an RnB station. Having just gotten home from a long day, I put on Monday Night Football and was in utter shock to hear the words of Howard Cosell mention the murder twice – and say how the event that was in front of him was “just a football game.”
Riveted to the television, I stayed up to watch Ted Koppel’s report on “Nightline” and hear the thoughts of reporter Geraldo Rivera on the passing of the legend and his close friend.
Truth be told, I wasn’t the biggest John Lennon fan. I, along with many felt that he and his wife Yoko Ono were responsible for the breakup of the Beatles.
Yet, all that didn’t matter much. Fact is, my youth had just officially ended.
I, like many of my generation, had always hoped for some kind of Beatles reunion – and with the news of Lennon's death - knew that long-lived dream would never happen.
And I say “long lived” dream, because to me, the Beatles were the soundtrack of my generation.
Many radio stations suspended regular programming the next day and devoted some time to remembering John Lennon. The one I worked at was no exception.
I could remember my program director, who doubled as morning man, practically coming to tears announcing the death, and playing “Imagine” following his soliloquy.
For many a sad time, and 34 years later the pain still lingers.
Ten years later, another generation would be thrust into reality with the news that former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was gunned down on stage right in the middle of a concert.
Which musician’s death had a profound impact on you and where were you when you found out the news?