50+80b My thoughts about John Lennon 30 years later

It was 30 years ago today that John Lennon was gunned down in front of his apartment building in New York City.

That horrible day is another example of most people know where they were when they heard the news just like when the space shuttle Challenger blew up, when 9-11 happened, President Kennedy was assassinated or even good things like when Paul Henderson scored the winning goal for Canada against the Soviets in 1972 and when Ben Johnson won Olympic Gold (forgetting for now that it was taken away again 3 days later.)

I was always a Beatles fan or should I say the whole word Fanatic, I was born in 1960 and I really started listening to music in around the time that the Sargent Pepper Album came out. I had every one of the Beatles albums as a kid.

Back in those days you were either a Beatles or a Rolling Stones fan but never both, My close friend Norman Paulsen and I were Pro Beatles for sure, and we were both beetle fans too (as in VW).

Norman’s father had a Sunoco Garage/Used car dealership and both of our families had VW’s around and in the mid 70’s Norman and his dad wanted to build a Dune Buggy and my father and I decided to do the same and see who would build the better buggy.

Norman's Dune Buggy (driven by my father), do not know the passenger

Our Dune buggy I built with my dad, My friend Peter in drivers seat and I am in passenger holding my nephew Jason

Well I think we won, as we went all out and bought the chrome rims and had newer seats and nicer trim, our Dune Buggy even led a parade in Milton with the Mayor sitting in it, oh how I missed that car but it was so much fun building it with my dad.

I know I am kind of off topic but that is what happens when I start to look back at my memories.

At any rate Norman and I spent hours upon hours having fun at each others houses listening to the Beatles, knowing the words to every song and sometimes changing the lyrics just for fun.

After the Beatles split up I continued buying all of their solo albums and the John Lennon album Walls & Bridges was my favorite of all and I wore out two of those vinyl records.

So where was I when we heard the terrible news?

I was on my way to Florida driving my wife to be for a relaxing couple of weeks in my 1978 Monte Carlo, shocking us.

As devastating that the news was John had touched so many people with his music and to this day I think his song Imagine could very well be the best song ever written.

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


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