Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020
* I was in college in Munich on this day in 1980 when my roommate burst into our dorm room and woke me up to tell me that John Lennon had been murdered. All classes had been canceled.
Everyone was just in shock. How could something like this happen to a person like him?
There was no Internet back then and the only television was in the dorm’s lobby, so we mainly relied on Armed Forces Radio for updates.
It’s all such a blur now. But I remember, after hearing the news for myself on the radio, going to the main campus building (it was a University of Maryland campus on an Army base) and huddling with crying friends. I eventually wound up back in my room, and we put this song on the record player and sat in silence as we listened to it over and over again…
Without any fear