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John’s death: where were you, how did you react?
14 November 2023
Thankfully not where I am.


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John was killed before I was born but I grew up with the music of the Beatles being a common occurrence, my parents having select Beatles cassettes, LP’s and the ‘YS’/’ER’ single. My dad had a collection of ‘Murder Casebook’ magazines which I read as a kid and one was on John’s murder – that’s how I would have found out John was dead. I read that magazine (and others) so often it was ridiculous but as a kid you don’t really take it in, and this would have been before the Beatles really took hold. Now I cannot read or watch anything about his murder.



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15 November 2023
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When I learned John was killed I was in the kitchen of this house where I was renting a room during college (University of Washington, Seattle), the kitchen in the rear of the house facing out glass doors to the alley beyond a back yard.  I called up my friend long distance (he had hitchhiked to Portland, Maine) using a landline and we talked about it for a couple of hours.

P.S.: As this was 1980 and I was renting a room, I would take my hat off to anyone who could doxx me from this picture lol.

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I found out the morning afterwards.  I was told by my mother, “Wake up – something horrible has happened.”  I then had to go to school, where there was already some ‘buzz’ growing about the tragedy.  I recall seeing more coverage on the news, as the week progressed.  A week or so later, I went with a family friend to Central Park, where Yoko had arranged a ten-minute ‘moment of silence’ for John.  There were at least a few thousand others who had shown up for this event.  When it was over, they blared one of his songs (I think it was “# 9 Dream”, if my memory is right), and there were massive cheers.  Not a ‘happy’ occasion for anyone, but it seemed cathartic.  

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Sea Belt said

P.S.: As this was 1980 and I was renting a room, I would take my hat off to anyone who could doxx me from this picture lol.

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Well, then I’ll risk being doxxed myself – maybe I need some excitement! The red X indicates where Cliff and I met up daily to see the kids safely across Kerr towards Parkland School (my home was a coupla blocks to the left of the X, and his towards the upper right); and the spot  where he delivered the news bulletin to me…

(All the green scribbly bits were forested, and Parkland Crescent didn’t exist, in 1980. None of those houses were there. And I’ll add that the red X is about 2 miles east of where I am right now, having just this year moved back to this town, where I lived between the ages of 8 and 18)

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I don’t even remember. I had the Lady Madonna single and the Let It Be album but my parents weren’t Beatles fans. 

I remember Elvis dying, though. I think it was right before school started. 

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I love this quote by Paul: “John is kinda like a constant, always there in my being and in my soul, so I always think of him.”

Me too.

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