John Lennon was shot and killed 31 years ago tonight, December 8, 1980. I was a 6th grade student in Mrs. Radman's class (before she left to have a baby) and I remember talking about the Beatles and John Lennon earlier that day with some friends. At that point in time I was somewhat obsessed with the Beatles' musicquite a departure from the other music I listened to.
The violent death of a man so committed to peace was almost incongruous. It certainly was difficult to understandI wasn't old enough to have lived through either Kennedy assassination, and this was before Ronald Reagan was shot.
Thirty-one years after his death, Lennon remains an icon, both for his musical genius and his innate goodness. While the songs of the world have been less melodic without him, we are truly fortunate to still have some of his most memorable creations in our lives.
Rest in peace. And thanks for all you gave us in your far-too-short life.