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Title: Where Were You?
Post by: The End on March 01, 2004, 01:32:55 PM
People often say they remember exactly where they were when they heard that Kennedy or Elvis had died. Can you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news about John's Death?
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Post by: John@work on March 01, 2004, 04:15:08 PM
I was at home and heard it on the radio.  My family and I then saw footage on T.V.  I remember nearly all of the local radio stations played John Lennon Songs for days.  A lot of the Double Fantasy album was played (since it was just released).  I remember all those who gathered at the Decota to pay tribute.  Such a sad day.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on March 01, 2004, 06:12:00 PM
I have no idea where I was. I was two years old at the time.
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Post by: Bruno on March 02, 2004, 12:39:48 AM
I can't answer that because I wasn't even born yet! :P
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Post by: Beatle Ed on March 02, 2004, 01:23:43 AM
I was in my mom's stomach, and was so distraught I was born 3 days later.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: The End on March 02, 2004, 01:46:55 AM
[quote by=Beatle_Ed link=Blah.pl?b=lennon,m=1078147975,s=4 date=1078190623]I was in my mom's stomach, and was so distraught I was born 3 days later.[/quote]

Wow - short pregnancy!
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: The End on March 02, 2004, 01:36:35 PM
I had been really, really ill with measles, and had been off school for about 2 weeks. This was to be my first day back.

I heard my Mum turn on the radio and was lying in bed thinking how great it was that so much John Lennon music was being played, when an announcer came on and said that John Lennon had been murdered in New York. I just layed there in complete shock.

Then the phone didn't stop ringing - apparently all my family were asking how I was, not because becuase I'd been ill, but because of the news about John. Everyone knew how much I loved The Beatles - especially John.

Then my Mum and Dad came into my room where I was still in bed - my Mum was in tears and my Dad's face was drained of all colour - I was so upset.

I still went to school that day though and I'd like to say all the other kids were sympathetic... but they weren't - you know how kids can be sometimes.

When I got home that evening I taped every single news and radio broadcast with my little cassette recorder using a microphone pointed at the TV. They showed the Help! film that night - it was pointless really, in fact it just made me feel worse.

Because John was killed so late at night (British time), the newspapers didn't carry the story till the 10th December... I bought every single newspaper that morning. And then every magazine. Books I'd been after for ages, suddenly filled the bookshelves - In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works.

Ten years later I went to Liverpool for the first time, it was for a tribute concert celebrating John's 50th birthday. At the end of the show Yoko came on stage and the whole crowd started singing Give Peace A Chance - Yoko just broke down in tears, as did everyone else in the audience. She couldn't even speak and eventually just left the stage with Sean.

I wont ever forget that moment when Yoko was trying to thank us and couldn't say the words - we were united. It really is amazing just how much John Lennon touched us all.

(flower)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Taxgirl on March 02, 2004, 03:17:10 PM
I was in my mom's stomach too, so I don't remember. (I was born only in May, '81)
My family remember travelling in the car and hearing the bad news next day, on the 9th of December. After this, my sister kept asking everyone "Have you heard the bad news, John Lennon died!!" , when she was only 6 and didn't even know who John was.
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Post by: tkitna on March 02, 2004, 04:44:26 PM
Hats off to "The End". Touching story.

I was in my parents living room watching football with my mom and dad when the news broke. My mother and father didnt care about the beatles personally, but they knew they meant the world to me. When the event was announced my mother just kind of gasped. My dad looked at me as I got up and proceeded to my bedroom. I'm not sure what I did afterwards, but my mother came in a little later and asked me if I wanted to talk about it. I must have been angry because she told me that i looked at her and said, "I hope the guy who did this dies!" I was only 10.

My cousin who is the same age as me apparently went to school and found out about it (I didnt go) and he was so worked up over the news that my aunt had to go pick him up. Again, he was also 10. Yes it had an impact on everybody.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Wayne L. on March 05, 2004, 03:11:58 PM
I was just getting up early in the morning on December 9th eating breakfast & getting ready to go to school when I heard the news about the tragic death of John Lennon which was a shock to me like a hit to the stomach like it was for most Beatles fans.  I just listened to John's music on the radio most of the day after I got back home from school even though I think it's ridiculous the way some fans are trying to turn him into a holier than thou figure after his death instead of the rock legend that he is & always will be.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Crazy Diamond on March 06, 2004, 10:15:19 AM
Nowhere. :D
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Post by: NothingIsReal on April 04, 2004, 03:12:10 AM
I was negative 7 years and some-odd months old
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Post by: bizmopeen on April 06, 2004, 04:59:35 PM
I had just gotten into the Beatles not too long before, and I was eating breakfast the morning after when I heard.  They played "Imagine" on WLS radio in Chicago, and I remember thinking "Cool! You don't hear this on the radio everyday..."   A few minutes later, the DJ came on and announced the sad news.  I remember being in shock, my mom and I had one of those movie moments where we literally both froze and looked at each other...for some reason, I remember she was pouring milk into my brother's cereal (good thing she snapped out of it before the bowl overflowed...)  It was doubly sad, as she introduced me to the Beatles at an early age, playing "Abbey Road" and "Let it Be" for me when they first came out; I was but a toddler at the time.  It was sad for both of us to lose him, but I'm glad we were together for it...
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on June 11, 2004, 01:20:49 AM
Wow, touching stories. The one about Yoko made me tear up! I remember it so well. I was getting ready for school when my cousin came over bursting to tell me the news. She knew I was a Beatle nut. At first I didn't believe her! I'm like, yeah right, it was SO unbelievable!! My best friend was so upset she didn't get to tell me first. Funny how concerned they were. I can't remember much after that other than being at school and seeing my music teacher crying. The rest of the week was so sad. I remember watching people on tv all over the world during the 10 minutes of silence. What an amazing person he was to have touched so many people.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Harlena McStarkney on June 11, 2004, 03:02:23 AM
I was negative 7 years, 3 months, and 10 days old.  I remember it well...lol

I asked my mom what she remembers about it...she was never really a "hardcore" fan, even though she DID like the Beatles a lot.  She said she doesn't really remember what she was doing at the time, only that she felt a little bad after hearing the news.  But then again, my mom has never really been a hardcore fan of anybody.  She just doesn't get all googly-eyed about celebrities the way I do. (grin)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: ringorama on June 11, 2004, 05:47:38 AM
I was negative 6 years, 11 months, and 1 day so I can't really tell you, I wasn't even a figment in my mom's imagination at that time.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: The End on June 22, 2004, 12:07:37 AM
[quote by=Maccalvr link=Blah.pl?b=lennon,m=1078147975,s=13 date=1086916849]Wow, touching stories. The one about Yoko made me tear up! [/quote]

The funny thing was, as we were leaving the concert and crossing over the road, Yoko's limo came tearing round the corner and nearly run us over!

It's weird, your story of that horrible morning is so similar to what I experienced - the world truly united on that day.
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Post by: Sondra on June 22, 2004, 03:08:47 AM
I must have collected every newspaper that week. He was on the cover everywhere. I would still have them if my mother didn't throw them out!!! She just didn't get it.  I can't believe it's going to be 25 years this December. Does that mean Sean is 30?? Wow!
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on June 22, 2004, 03:38:04 AM
I was sleeping.  My wife watched TV and saw the news, she didn't want to wake me up.  The phone rang, it was my best bud, and he told me.  I was still half asleep and it just didn't sink in...I even made some lame jokes.

People started calling me to offer sympathy as if it was a family member.  That's how well known it was that I was Mr Beatle fan.

What can one say?  It was amazing to see the world come together in grief.  For many of my generation, the first-gen's, it was the slamming of the sarcophagus lid on our own mortality.

We were young when the Beatles were young and their whole thrust was YOUTH.  Much of the 60's was the same thing, so when the event occured not only was it abundantly clear that there would never be a reunion, it also took our YOUTH away once and for all, and pushed us forward into the rest of our lives.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: The End on June 22, 2004, 10:30:48 AM
[quote by=Maccalvr link=Blah.pl?b=lennon,m=1078147975,s=17 date=1087873727]I must have collected every newspaper that week. He was on the cover everywhere. I would still have them if my mother didn't throw them out!!! She just didn't get it.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on July 14, 2004, 08:15:47 PM
I lived in Long Island, New York (just an hour from New York City). I was 18 at the time and a Beatles/Solo Beatles collector. John was my idol, and I was thrilled that he was back in the music scene again.

I had just graduated high school and had gotten my first job that year. It was around 11pm and I
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Indica on October 01, 2004, 11:13:37 AM
6 more years till I clamped eyes on a rather depressing Hospital room.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: sexy sadie on October 03, 2004, 07:20:32 PM
i wasn't born until 9 yrs, 1 month and 8 days later, but my parents remember. they were about 20, and they were watching a football game when it was interuppted to say the sad news. they both are big beatles fans, but my dad especially loved them and mostly john...i think he said he cried. :[
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Mairi on October 03, 2004, 08:14:15 PM
I was negative 9 years and 9 months old, but my guitar teacher- a hardcore Beatles fsn told me that when she heard the news she was just waking up and she had a cup of coffee in her hand, and when she heard it on the radio she dropped her coffee and was just in shock. The big-time music school that she went to was closed that day, and people were in the streets just crying and playing old John/Beatles tunes.

I'm glad I wasn't around for that day.
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Post by: Indica on October 03, 2004, 08:21:26 PM
A few people killed themselves after hearing of Johns Death..
I find this surreal..and scary
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Post by: Sondra on October 03, 2004, 08:31:38 PM
[quote by=Mairi link=Blah.pl?b=lennon,m=1078147975,s=24 date=1096834455]

I'm glad I wasn't around for that day.[/quote]

I suppose. But then if I hadn't been around that day, I wouldn't have been around when he was alive.  But yeah, it's not a day I'd like to repeat. Or week. Or year for that matter.

Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: number14 on October 03, 2004, 11:52:43 PM
a few years after that, i woulve been born
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on October 04, 2004, 12:10:59 AM
Well I guess I'll join in the tradition of saying something like...........

I was negative 7 years and 30 days and I am also glad that I was not around to remember it.

There is a news report on a BBC site about the event, when I watched it I cried and felt awful so I don't know what I'd have been like had I been alive.

I think it's amazing that there seems to be so many that weren't even born when he died that have been touched by his music and words, he was a really intelligent guy.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: SieLiebtDich on October 04, 2004, 02:50:56 AM
I was born 6 years later...after johns death :-/......for the other i wasn't even born....
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on October 04, 2004, 03:20:30 AM
Hmm... Maybe we should make a thread called 'Where Weren't You'.   ;D
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Post by: SieLiebtDich on October 04, 2004, 03:48:28 AM
LOL!!!!! YEAH WE SHOULD! :-D
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Post by: bilyum on October 06, 2004, 09:06:36 AM
Kennedy: I was in 1st grade. it came over the loudspeaker from der central scrutinizers office   (school principal )

John: I was at home listening to the radio in disbelief and a state of numb disaccociation, because I didn't want to believe it. that's somewhat redundant.

I was at home, listening to the radio. I'm still shellshocked that John has been gone as long as he has.

Elvis: I was onstage, playing at at some upholstered outhouse for 75 bucks or something close.   I was quite sad, but not surprised by the passing of Elvis.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on October 06, 2004, 09:51:09 AM
it was in December ninth one Tuesday. I came from the school and heard in the radio, which would have been murdered John.

I was 11 Years Old.
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Post by: Sadie4 on October 06, 2004, 07:26:50 PM
 I was too little to realise of the magnitud of the event, thank GOd! I wasn't older than 3 or 4... when JOHN passed away...
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on October 07, 2004, 01:21:30 AM
I asked my cousin if she remembered. I didn't think she would cuz she wasn't a Beatles fan. But she remembers asking her parents if she could call me! She was like 8.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on March 05, 2005, 03:17:24 PM
On the morning of December 9th, my sister woke me up for school. I was in 9th grade then. She said, 'You'll never guess who died last night.' I asked her who, and she said John Lennon. We're so close in age and she knew the Beatles were my life and I thought it was one of those bad sibling jokes, so I told her to shut up. I turned on WLUP in Chicago and I caught Steve Dahl mid sentence saying "The man was shot, it wasn't like an overdose like so many rock stars", and I was just in shock. I had been watching Monday Night Football that night and went to bed about 45 minutes before Howard Cosell broke the news, so I missed his announcement. I still have all my newspapers from all over the place about it.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on March 05, 2005, 07:37:27 PM
Very similiar to my experience. Except it was my cousin I told to shut up. It felt like it could only have been a joke. There was just no way. I'm still mad at my mom for throwing away those newspapers. I remember the whole Paul reaction thing and that was like the first time ever that I hated him. For a second. But then you realize it wasn't what the media made it out to be. The poor guy was just in shock. You can see the sorrow in his face from the pics back then.

One weird thing I remember is when I was watching the coverage of the ten minutes of silence with my friends, we started to laugh. I have NO idea why. How stupid of me. Maybe we were to young to handle it or something. Or I didn't want to cry in front of them. They were never into the Beatles. But I sure cried a lot when I was alone. Still do whenever I see the Imagine video or hear certain songs. I can't really watch the Lennon Legend DVD that much. Too much.

Anyway, I've been asking people lately if they remember that day. Even people who are not remotely into them, and they ALL remember exactly where they were. Then I ask about Elvis and they have no idea. Just remember when it happened but not the specifics of where they were. I find that interesting. Maybe because John's death was so tragic.
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Post by: Paulsluv on March 05, 2005, 09:32:28 PM
If I remember correctly (I was only 3 at the time), I was watching the news with my parents and they were reporting it.
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Post by: TurnMeOnDeadman on March 06, 2005, 06:27:28 AM
I was a little sperm waiting to reach an egg 12 years later
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Post by: on March 06, 2005, 04:31:51 PM
Quote from: Maccalvr

One weird thing I remember is when I was watching the coverage of the ten minutes of silence with my friends, we started to laugh. I have NO idea why. How stupid of me. Maybe we were to young to handle it or something.

Not stupid. Laughter is one of our defense mechanisms. If you really look at it, we laugh at things that make us uneasy or don't fit with rational thinking. Why do people laugh at disgusting jokes? Its because your brain knows what's right or acceptable or rational, the joke goes competely against it and the result is laughter. Also when some people are uneasy they laugh, its just a way of handling it.

Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on March 06, 2005, 04:37:15 PM
Quote from: TurnMeOnDeadman
I was a little sperm waiting to reach an egg 12 years later

So how did your father's sperm react to John's death?
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on March 06, 2005, 04:39:30 PM
Quote from: Fab4
Such a sad and fascinating thread. Although I wish people would refrain from letting everyone know that they were not born or were negative something. Like that is cute or funny. Quite strange considering the name of the thread.

I agree. If you weren't around when it happened, you weren't there. If you were 'a sperm waiting for 12 years to be born', what the f***? You weren't alive, you have no recollection, so why post? Just to post? We're talking about a vivid memory here folks.

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Post by: RICKENBACKER325 on March 06, 2005, 08:57:56 PM
I was 14 at the time and had been into and collected The Beatles records and memorabilia for about 6 years by then. My dad who is a early riser, woke me at 4:30 am an said "son your better hold on to your Beatle collection" Thinking to myself W.T.F is he talking about!!!!!! Its frigging 4:30 in the morning and I dont have to get up for another 2 1/2 hours, and I damn sure dont want to talk about my Beatles collection! Anyway, I asked "why"? He said "someone Killed John Lennon last night". Knowing that I was a huge Beatles fan he felt he should wake me up to tell me. I kind of went numb and thought He does'nt know what he talking about. So I got up and watched the news, got the morning paper and proceeded to ditch school for three days watching tributes and listening to the radio. It is one of the worst memories of my youth. >:(
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Post by: An Apple Beatle on March 07, 2005, 01:02:45 PM
I was only 6 at the time but had already got heavily into A Hard Days Night and had the Beatles double red LP. My mum and dad had a few Lennon songs like Beautiful Boy, Jealous Guy and Woman on the juke box... I was only just understanding that The Beatles had broken up when it was revealed on the news, in the kitchen, when I lived in Wales. Even then I was gutted at the thought of an impossible Beatle reuninon. I still never quite realised the magnitude of the man, only the reaction of the world at the time.
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Post by: Kevin on March 07, 2005, 01:10:25 PM
I was 22 and had just finished a band practise. Went to the pub and a friend rushed up and told me John was dead. I didn't believe him until he pointed out that the radio was playing back to back Beatle songs.
I don't recall how I felt. But I got VERY drunk.
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Post by: on March 31, 2005, 11:15:14 AM
i was like negtive 11 years...lol

i asked my dad though, and he said he was he was in birmingham(england), driving along with the radio on at about half 10 in the morning, and they apparentlky said 'news just in that john lennon, leader of the beatles has been shot to death in new york. :'( he wasnt really a big fan of the beatles, he only quite like them), but apparently said it was a 'great shame', and a sentsless killing, and was very sad.
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Post by: Ivo on April 01, 2005, 06:42:25 AM
I was getting ready for school and my mom had the news on.  I remember her being quite upset.  
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Post by: TurnMeOnDeadman on April 01, 2005, 10:06:01 AM
you guys have good memories
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Post by: lennonlemon on April 01, 2005, 11:45:42 AM
^i don't thing its something you can easily forget
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Post by: TurnMeOnDeadman on April 01, 2005, 04:49:36 PM
I wasnt a beatles fan when George died..but I remember my teacher was sad and was talking about it
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Post by: Sondra on April 01, 2005, 10:37:08 PM
Quote from: TurnMeOnDeadman
you guys have good memories

There are certain moments in history that are so unbelievable and devastating, that they're burned into your memory. Do you think you'll forget where you were when you heard about 9/11? Surely you weren't too young to remember that. I have the worst memory ever, but the moment I heard of John Lennon's death will stay with me forever. Just like people say of the Kennedy assasination. Even people who were not Beatles fans or didn't care for John Lennon remember it. It was a bizzare and tragic moment.
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Post by: TurnMeOnDeadman on April 01, 2005, 11:09:03 PM
I remember 9/11.....I woke up in the morning and I turn on the TV and almost evry channel has some dancing Palestians dancing around in the street
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Post by: Sondra on April 02, 2005, 07:31:50 AM
I don't understand that kind of hatred. I know they hate our country and some of our policies, but most of us are just hard working people trying to live our lives as best we can. Like any other human being out there.
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Post by: Ydoll Gwyn on April 02, 2005, 09:55:39 AM
Quote from: TurnMeOnDeadman
I remember 9/11.....I woke up in the morning and I turn on the TV and almost evry channel has some dancing Palestians dancing around in the street

But that was simply old footage of those people dancing. They WEREN'T celebrating what had just happened. The footage was at least MONTHS old.

That so many news outlets showed that footage (originating where? CNN? Fox? I don't know) shows how easily the media can manipulate - and how easily people can be manipulated.
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Post by: Ydoll Gwyn on April 02, 2005, 09:56:46 AM
Quote from: Maccalvr
I don't understand that kind of hatred. I know they hate our country and some of our policies, but most of us are just hard working people trying to live our lives as best we can. Like any other human being out there.

See my post above.

Of course, they too are just "hard-working people trying to live theie lives as best they can".
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Post by: An Apple Beatle on April 02, 2005, 11:39:33 AM
So much propaganda out there.
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Post by: Sondra on April 02, 2005, 11:49:08 AM
What's your point Ydoll? Do you think I'm attacking ALL of the people in the middle east? Gee I must be real stupid then to think they're ALL evil and full of hatred. I'm not a sheep thank you very much. I don't hate based on nationality, religion, or race. I'm talking about the hatred that exists in people that have no problem murdering innocent people for no apparent reason. I don't agree with that no matter who it may be. I certainly didn't say anything about the people in those countries that are going about their own lives and are good and loving people.
I don't understand the kind of hatred that could make people drag an decent person from a truck because of sexual preference or hang someone based on color.
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Post by: Ydoll Gwyn on April 02, 2005, 10:02:21 PM
Please calm down Sandra. My posts were in no way meant to be critical of YOU. I was just pointing out to you in my response to your post that there are hard-working people on the "other" side too.

But I was also responding to Deadman's post about those Palestinians dancing around in the streets. That was NOT recent footage, and they COULD NOT have been celebrating the atrocity.

Quote
They were holding up pictures of the disaster, burning American flags and human effigies and so on.
There are always groups of middle Eastern people burning US flags etc. Hence all media outlets contain lots of library footage that they can troop out as they see fit. But they were NOT holding up pictures of the disaster. "They seem to be waving pictures of the crashes ..." --"seems", but not in fact.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on April 02, 2005, 10:39:56 PM
I'm as calm as you are Ydoll. I just thought your bit about 'there are hard working people in other countries too' was a tad condescending. As if I wasn't aware. Ethnocentric stereotype and all. I admit I was a bit overly sensitive to the comment, but I do think your comments about the footage not being current should be backed up by something.
I would be interested in reading something that proves that statement. You didn't get that from listening to Michael Moore did you? Because he's as bad at spewing out propaganda as the other side is. You've got to take everything with a grain of salt these days.
I can't help but think this, and I don't mean it as an insult or anything, but the fact that people would say this or that didn't happen reminds me of the people who say the pictures of the holocaust were propaganda and that it wasn't as bad as everyone was making it seem. Just reminded me of that, that's all. You may well be 100% correct, but I've been searching online and have yet to come up with proof either way. Like I said, I'd love to find it so I can educate my fellow Americans.
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Post by: Ydoll Gwyn on April 02, 2005, 10:48:11 PM
To be honest, I can't remember! That sounds lame - but it's honestly lame!

I can remember a fuss about it where I live (Australia) a couple of hours after the footage was broadcast by (I'm fairly sure at least) CNN. But I also have a memory of the lie of showing such material as being regarded as a bit ho hum - as if "it's done all the time, where's the harm".

You're obviously (?) a pretty conservative person, maybe even a supporter of Bush. Just remember, though, when you're assessing your president, that he has his finger on the greatest nuclear arsenal in the world - and the poor dodo can't even pronounce "nuclear" (he says nucular). Shee-it! And some people trust this guy's judgement!
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Post by: TurnMeOnDeadman on April 02, 2005, 10:50:34 PM
Im not a supporter of Bush....Im not a supported of Michael Moore, or John kerry, ralp nader, saddamn hussein, osama bin laden, hitler, etc.
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Post by: Sondra on April 02, 2005, 11:01:31 PM
Ha! Conservative? Where
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Post by: Herecomesyoursun on April 02, 2005, 11:06:21 PM
Lots of people in the Middle East DID celebrate in the streets after 9/11.  They paraded about, shot into the air, and burned American flags.  Though they seem to do that alot.  Maybe it takes their minds of the fact that they live in caves and dont have jobs.
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Post by: Ydoll Gwyn on April 02, 2005, 11:08:11 PM
I thought Bush and Kerry were both conservative in their outlooks. So Bush was more so, but no one could call Kerry a liberal, surely?

Sorry if I labelled you unfairly - but I did put a (?) after obviously!

Well, right no it's just after 9 am on Sunday morning. Already I'm writing - or should be!
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Post by: Ydoll Gwyn on April 02, 2005, 11:09:36 PM
Quote from: Herecomesyoursun
Lots of people in the Middle East DID celebrate in the streets after 9/11.
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Post by: Herecomesyoursun on April 02, 2005, 11:14:44 PM
Quote from: Ydoll_Gwyn

Uh - yeah. ::)

Whaddya know - propaganda works!

What do you mean by that?  It is a fact that there was celebration by people in the Middle East after 9/11 (not all, just the f***ers who hate us)  Am I a sheep who follows the propaganda because I hate the terrorists who killed my countrymen, innocent people?  Does that make me a blind moron?
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on April 02, 2005, 11:17:26 PM
Wow, already Sunday there! It's only 3:15 on Saturday here. Well, you are on the other side of the world so I kinda figured!
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Post by: Sondra on April 02, 2005, 11:21:47 PM
Kerry conservative? Hmm, not quite. But yeah, he's more a moderate liberal. Nowhere NEAR as conservative as Bush with his religious right wing agenda. And why is it so unconceivable to you that there just MAY have been people out there celebrating the attack? Do you realize that many of those people grow up being told what horrors we commit against mankind and how it's their job to put us in our place? A faction of course, not all. It can happen you know.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Ydoll Gwyn on April 03, 2005, 01:16:21 AM
True Sandra. I'm sure there were many who celebrated what happened on 11 September. My point is merely that the famous clip of those people apparently celebrating was not what it was purported to be! The media DO lie and manipulate.

Kerry a conservative or a moderate liberal? From where we are, it seems as if there's nothing, IN PRACTICE, that really separates them. In Australia now, we have a very conservative party in power, and their main opposition is indistinguishable from them in practice (though rhetoric is different). Distinguishing between what politicians say, and what they DO, is really important I reckon.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Mairi on April 03, 2005, 01:25:18 AM
I'm so glad I'm Canadian.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on April 03, 2005, 04:17:50 AM
Quote from: Ydoll_Gwyn

Kerry a conservative or a moderate liberal? From where we are, it seems as if there's nothing, IN PRACTICE, that really separates them. In Australia now, we have a very conservative party in power, and their main opposition is indistinguishable from them in practice (though rhetoric is different). Distinguishing between what politicians say, and what they DO, is really important I reckon.

Issues that seperate them: stem cell research-a HUGE issue, the war, abortion, gay rights. Although Kerry is wishy washy on the last two. Bush has supporters among the NRA and religious faction, which make him more 'obligated' to push through bills in their favor. I think Kerry is not as tied to those extremists. But yeah, it was the lesser of two evils type thing. I can't wait till 2008 when Hillary runs! Now THAT should be interesting!
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: lennonlemon on April 03, 2005, 04:19:47 AM
to ease the tension here is a light hearted joke i found rather funny.

After getting nailed by a Daisy Cutter, Osama made his way to the pearly gates. There, he is greeted by George Washington.

"How dare you attack the nation I helped conceive!" yells Mr. Washington, slapping Osama in the face. Patrick Henry comes up from behind: "You wanted to end the Americans' liberty, so they gave you death!" Henry punches Osama on the nose. James Madison comes up next, and says, "This is why I allowed the Federal government to provide for the common defense!" He drops a large weight on Osama's knee.

Osama is subject to similar beatings from John Randolph of Roanoke, James Monroe and 65 other 18th-century American revolutionaries. As he writhes on the ground, Thomas Jefferson picks him up to hurl him back toward the gate where he is to be judged.

As Osama awaits his journey to his final very hot destination, he screams, "This is not what I was promised!"

An angel replies: "I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you. What did you think I said?"
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on April 08, 2005, 06:44:10 AM
I was born in 83...
But of course i remember 11/9/2001. In Poland it was 'bout 15.00 o'clock
and i was in my room watching some serial on tv after school then sister entered to my room and switched on other TV
station and i found out what happened. Polish TV stations started to relate from NY
and other places for all evening and night. Same with radio stations.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on April 08, 2005, 10:10:19 AM
i came back from school when i heard about 9/11, and my mum said, look come in here(enters tv room), and she was there with a friend, and they were watchin the news, and i just saw these bloody buildings on fire, and i was like ''what the hell!''...
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: andyec on April 10, 2005, 02:04:56 PM
I don't remember exactly what I was doing when I heard,but I do remember listening to the radio for days,switching the channels when one station got through with news or music about John or The Beatles until I found another one. I just couldn't believe it. I wanted to hear and see everything about it. I still can't believe it.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: rita_marley on April 29, 2005, 10:52:49 PM
I was just 3 when John died, and I didn't even know 'bout Beatles, since I was born in 1977...but later on when i started loving Beatles ( i was like 11) I found out that there was one Beatle missing, I said to myself: "who the hell...??" then I was told by my brother that it was John Lennon. I was really disappointed coz actually he had just started to be my favourite Beatle. Pfff now I'm 27 and i've already cried for Lennon's death, yeah coz I cry a bit every time I listen to "Because".....

Love is ald love is new
Love is all love is you
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: norwegianwoody on June 09, 2005, 10:57:43 AM
I was cleaning my room and watching Monday Night Football on t.v when a special report came on saying there had been an unidentified man shot in New York and that the man who was shot was reportedly one of the ex-Beatles.  Then about ten minutes later Howard Cosell anounced to the world the death of John Lennon.  Cosell said many great things about John.  I was so stunned and numb for weeks.  I missed the Kennedy assassination so I don't know about that but for one week John's death brought the world together in a way I hadn't seen before in my life.  I think it was the end of my innocence I finally gathered that the world wasn't such a great place after all!  I remember it like yesterday.  Unfortunately I'll never forget it.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: mclen57 on October 12, 2005, 03:03:49 PM
I'm sure there must've been a similar thread like this before but I thought I'd start a fresh one since we're nearing the 25th anniversary of that fateful day. What are yor memories?

Me, I was 23 at the time sitting in a barracks at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Wisconsin. Also known as bootcamp. Our Company Commander came in on the morning of Dec 9th and ordered us to attention and announced that John Lennon had been shot and killed. Naturally most of us freaked out, but only so much. When you're in bootcamp, you don't think about things like this too much.

It wasn't 'til after I got out of bootcamp in Jan that it really started to sink in. I was transferred to Orlando and was sitting in a bar one night and Imagine was playing and then it just hit me like a freight train and started blubbering like a little kid. The barmaid looked at me and came up and said "You're not the first when we play that song".
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Kevin on October 12, 2005, 03:36:28 PM
your right mate. This was done not so long ago.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: mclen57 on October 12, 2005, 03:46:13 PM
Quote from: kevin_b
your right mate. This was done not so long ago.
Where was it? I didn't see it here.

Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: The End on October 12, 2005, 03:53:14 PM
I have merged the two threads :)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Kevin on October 12, 2005, 03:53:48 PM
I don't know how to do links, but its under John called "where were you."
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: mclen57 on October 12, 2005, 05:08:26 PM
Quote from: The_End
I have merged the two threads :)
Ok, cool.

Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on October 17, 2005, 04:58:53 AM
I'm watching Elton John on the Actor's Studio and Elton was talking about the song Empty Garden. He said it's a very emotional song for him and rarely plays it live because it's hard to get through. He said he plays it sometimes in NY as a tribute to John because he felt like he was such a NY person. He also said that John's death was one of the most horrible things that's ever happened because he loved him so much. He made me cry! Anyway, then Lipton asks him if he could do the song and Elton told him he didn't think he could. He did the Border Song instead. Still made me sad. Didn't know where to post this, just wanted to share. I mean, even after he talked about Princess Diana and Gianni Versace you could tell that John's death was the most shocking to him. For some reason. Anyone remember that song? They never play it anymore. I loved it, but it made me cry everytime I saw it on MTV or heard it on the radio.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: raxo on February 08, 2006, 05:57:39 PM
I was a child (not interested in music yet) so I can't remember ... but the day in which the whole world kept in silence for 10 minutes my little sister was busy being born so I remember being at hospital but not the world even ...  :-/
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: somedude210 on February 08, 2006, 08:54:24 PM
sadly, i was 8 years from being born. weird as it is, my sister was actually born in the morning and he died that night. makes it easy to remember how old she is. but i do wish i was around then. or cared when george died.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Heart on February 16, 2006, 04:49:29 AM
It was 10 years before I was born.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Kate on March 28, 2006, 10:47:07 AM
I was 11 years old and met my friends outside the school. One of them asked me if I heard that JL was shot. I didn't. I seriously thought she was kidding. Till I got home. My mum said it was true. :'(
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Hello Goodbye on April 19, 2006, 04:44:02 AM
I was doing my residency at a New York City Hospital.  I just returned to my on-call room and turned on the radio and heard the news.  All of us went to the physicians' lounge and stayed up all night watching the TV coverage.

We used to take lunch in Central Park.  It was not uncommon to see John and Yoko walking through the park.  John would always acknowledge our waves with a friendly "Hi doctors!"
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: SieLiebtDich on May 07, 2006, 09:22:42 PM
hm i wasnt even born :D but when dad told me later on like at he age of 8 >_o about his death i tear up :( but then i just listen to his song as a sololist and not just with the beatles and it helped a bit ^ ^
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: mr kite on October 16, 2006, 07:20:37 PM
As always i was walked to work on a dark winters english morning ,i started work at 7.00am ,my workmate whose house i passed always waited for me, came running up to me ."JOHN LENNON has been shot" he said ,  he`ll be allright i said on he`s dead .I just was not having that he was dead .When got to work the news was on i dont remember what they were saying i was numb .the radio station [bbc radio 1]played beatles and john lennon all day ,there was no reaction from me , i was only 18 i had a beatle maniac for over 5 years lived and breathed beatles ,only the year before i had seen mccartney at manchester both nights, thery were talk of JOHN LENNON touring next year it was a good time to be a beatle fan .
I got home from work the first news came on the t.v. 6.45pm i sat there silent ,i think i must have watched 3 minutes and i cryed , i was devestated i went upstairs to my bedroom i put a record on i normally did, for me that was the day music had died .Allthough it was 26 years ago as you read it was a day i`ve never forgotten and never will .
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: JimColyer on October 24, 2006, 09:44:08 PM
I had gone to Shoney's restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee for breakfast that morning.  I was buying a morning paper and looked at the headline through the box.  "John Lennon murdered," it read.  I was stunned.  It seemed impossible.  
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: GreenApple on October 25, 2006, 10:44:43 AM
I was listening to Hawkwind(!), when my brother came in the room and said that Lennon had been murdered. I simply didn't believe him, and carried on regardless. I was in a state of disbelief and sadness when I found out for sure.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Mendips on December 08, 2006, 04:30:38 PM
I was in the 10th grade and it was a school night but I was up late which was unusual, I just couldn't sleep.  My oldest sister was watching The Tonight Show in the next room and I heard 'We interrupt this program for a special report..." and I just knew.  I knew one of them was gone.  I just couldn't believe some BASTARD just murdered John in cold blood and right in front of his wife. How sick is that??? I was so mad! What a waste!
A man that gave so much to the world, a man that was beloved by millions, a man who wanted peace, a man who was enjoying his life, being an artist, a husband, a father...
There's just no words.
Elton's song Empty Garden said it as best as anything.


What happened here
As the New York sunset disappeared
I found an empty garden among the flagstones there
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And now it all looks strange
It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain

And what's it for
This little empty garden by the brownstone door
And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And we are so amazed we're crippled and we're dazed
A gardener like that one no one can replace

And I've been knocking but no one answers
And I've been knocking most all the day
Oh and I've been calling oh hey hey Johnny
Can't you come out to play

And through their tears
Some say he farmed his best in younger years
But he'd have said that roots grow stronger if only he could hear
Who lived there
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
Now we pray for rain, and with every drop that falls
We hear, we hear your name

Johnny can't you come out to play in your empty garden

  
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: raxo on December 08, 2006, 06:06:14 PM
Lyrics that touch the soul ...
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Kate on January 06, 2007, 10:43:05 PM
I've got that record...the only one by Elton John I actually have...weird innit :-/
Isn't Elton the Godfather of Julian?
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: raxo on January 07, 2007, 09:17:59 PM
Quote from: 37
[...]Isn't Elton the Godfather of Julian?
You meant Sean, didn't you?  ;)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on January 07, 2007, 09:40:13 PM
Yah's, that'd be corerect
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Revolution on February 15, 2007, 06:04:56 AM
10 and a half, 11 yrs. old. At home. I told my mom, I 'll bey my brother was freaking out when he heard it.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Katrina on February 21, 2007, 09:02:23 PM
I wasn't even born yet, but when I became a fan and read a old news article about the death, I was devasteted. I mean really hurt, for real.
 I knew John was dead, of course, but the reading about it.... I think I cried and cursed the damn psyko who did that (shot on the back? Coward! Like I were in the Wild West... :P)... I was 13 at the time.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: ElementaryPenguin on February 23, 2007, 01:18:16 AM
Sadly, I was only two years old at the time,  my mom said she fell to her knees in pure shock. I remember feeling a loss about it when I was old enough to understand.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: tangerine on March 02, 2007, 08:39:07 PM
I know people don't wan't people posting who werent there- and I wasn't there, but I can share my parent's reactions from what they have told me..

I was to be born exactly nine years later than John Lennon's death by the way, almost to the minute. It's a weird coincedance. Especially given that nine was such a special number for John.

Anyway yeh my parents were driving on the motorway in the fast lane, heard it on the radio and slowed right down in the shock to about 40mph- which was quite dangerous for the fast lane. I think it was my Dad that was driving. He eventually got his senses together and pulled into the nearest service station, where they remained for a few hours because they were so much in shock and trembling that they thought it would be dangerous to get back into the car. When they eventually got home, they did a small meditation for John (theyre the hippy-ish spiritual sorts!).

It gets me all teary and worked up just thinking about his death  :'(
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on March 03, 2007, 01:43:54 AM
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I was listening to Hawkwind(!), when my brother came in the room and said that Lennon had been murdered. I simply didn't believe him, and carried on regardless. I was in a state of disbelief and sadness when I found out for sure.

Seems like a lot of people reacted that way. I did the same thing when my cousin told me that morning. I thought she was playing a cruel joke.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Winter on April 16, 2007, 03:42:10 PM
I wasn't born yet
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: wingsman on July 04, 2007, 11:44:39 PM
I wasn't even born! I born in May 22, 1988. I remember my mother told me that she didn't believe it when she first heard it. Her brother was a big Beatles fan, he always played Beatles records, but she never really cared about them, even she kinda hate them (!) because she was a Monkees fan  ::). But she was really impressed about the story anyway. Everyone were shocked, it was a historic moment, one of the most important episodes of 1980.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Andy Smith on July 05, 2007, 10:02:11 PM
I remember my mother telling me when she heard the news on John,
she was just getting ready for work & the news came on the radio. she said she
just stood there in shock & cried. it was strange as my mum was never
a Lennon fan but loved the Beatles. and then i was born 2 years later!! & became a
Lennon fanatic! :) She still can't believe i'm listening to records that she was
listening to at my age! so my folks never compain about my music apart from the
odd Yoko record! ;D :P
 :)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Beatlemaniac64 on August 08, 2007, 06:08:10 PM
I wasn't around at the time, I was about negative 10 1/2! I was born in 1991. But, both my parents have been huge Beatles fans every since they became famous, especially my mom. She was 8 when they came on the Ed Sullivan Show for the 1st time, and my dad was 7. So, I asked them where they were when they heard about the bad news, and my mom said she was at work like any other normal day. Then, it came on the radio or something, and she and her friend who worked with her just broke down. They both couldn't function all day, they just hugged each other and cried. :(

I think my dad just heard it on the radio in his apartment or something. He said he cried, John is and always was his favorite, he thinks the world of him. I've never seen my dad cry before, ever. But he said he did when John died.  :(

On VH1 on tv a few months ago, there was a show on with the top 40 most shocking moments in rock 'n' roll history. John's death was #1, I guessed that it would be. They showed videos of the people giving a moment of silence, and played what was heard on the radios and stuff. I started to cry, and I wasn't even around to experience it when it really happened. Watching that show and the Imagine movie were the closest I got to experiencing it. John has had such an effect on the world, I've known who he was since I was like 3. None of us fans knew him personally, but love him and miss him so much.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on September 12, 2007, 10:43:43 PM
Was watching NY WABC channel 7. Geraldo Rivera was the first one I heard break the news. He knew john personally--he was barely able to report this. I was in TOTAL shock. I was 27 at the time (Dec 8, 1980) so this is a vivid memory. I was in Grad school during this period. I was working on my master's thesis on Post-modern Lit, but when I heard this news my mind went numb. I asked my professors for a few days off--they granted it. Pretty much everyone I knew back then was very supportive but they didn't take it as a personal loss ...I did. People just didnt "get" that even though I didn't "know"  J.L., the tragic loss of a childhood icon was very significant for me. I'm not ashamed to say, I cried off and on for a week--this was horrendous. Being from the NY area--where I first saw The Fab many years earlier (as I described in another post), just to know John was also killed here--in my native city, made it even harder to bare. I will never forgive Chapman.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Klang on September 13, 2007, 07:03:06 PM

I had heard the news on the radio at home (I actually still listened to radio back then) and simply could not believe it. I felt that it had to be a cruel prank of some sort. Once the reality set in I felt that a large part of me had been violently scooped out, never to be regained. The world had changed.

 :'(

Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Pasta Cheif on September 14, 2007, 09:30:51 AM
Heard it on the radio, and all kinds of Beales songs and interviews were playing constantly with brief discussions of the shooting in between on just about every pop and rock station. Even over on the news oriented stations they had special programs going with snippets of Lennon interviews and songs.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Buttmunker on October 23, 2007, 01:11:01 AM
i was 10 years old when it happened, so I don't remember anything about it.

Chapman shot him at night, so I guess I was tucked away and asleep in my widdle iddle beddy bye. :)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on October 23, 2007, 02:00:57 AM
Quote from: 828
i was 10 years old when it happened, so I don't remember anything about it.

Chapman shot him at night, so I guess I was tucked away and asleep in my widdle iddle beddy bye. :)

Yeah but don't you remember the next day? Or week? Or month? It was a pretty big deal. As I recall.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Euan Buchan on December 07, 2007, 01:23:26 PM
I wasn't around then born in 84 but my Dad & Uncle are  huge Beatle fans they told me they had plastic Beatle wigs etc sadly they don't have them. My Dad told me he cried non stop he said he was going to a concert but when he heard John died he didn't go. My Mum says she doesn't remember
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: WaMoZ on January 05, 2008, 12:10:43 AM
I'm from Australia, so the news broke in the middle of the day. My 2 brothers and I were being driven out of a shopping centre carpark by mum, listening to an hourly radio news bulletin. I was 13 at the time. My older brother is a huge John fan, and I will always remember his cry of shock and disbelief. A day or two later the daily rag published a front and back page wrap-around of the infamous shot of John's and Chapman's faces while John signed his album under the headline "Lennon Faces His Killer". Not a happy memory.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: digna on April 08, 2008, 06:37:39 PM
I was not born then. I really have no idea what the reaction of my parents was....
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Beatlemania31 on July 01, 2008, 03:54:42 AM
It's weird, even though I was never alive when he was, I still feel like I was. Hmm
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: colleengirl95 on July 01, 2008, 10:13:08 AM
I was not yet born when John Lennon was shot, but im all day then when i first became a beatles fan i didn'tknow that John Lennon was dead,i kept on talking about him that day, i was so sad when my uncle told me that John Lennon was dead i was really sad.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on July 02, 2008, 05:06:08 AM
It's funny how the exact moment I heard is completely frozen in time. I mean anytime someone asks me about this I immediately see myself in the little downstairs bathroom with a brush in my hand looking in the mirror ready to brush my hair with my cousin at the bathroom door telling me the news. Strange.

Lots of regulars haven't yet shared their story. I mean the ones that were around then. I wish they would.  :)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Euan Buchan on July 11, 2008, 01:29:25 PM
Quote from: 360
Then the phone didn't stop ringing - apparently all my family were asking how I was Everyone knew how much I loved The Beatles - especially John.


That was the same with me when George died I was terribly upset even though I'm a fan of George any on John I wasn't born (1984) my Dad however told me he was going to a xconcert and when he learnt about John's death he didn't go as he was so upset my Mum say's she doesn't remember
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Revolver42 on July 11, 2008, 01:50:23 PM
I was a little over one year and asleep at the time of the murder.  My dad said that as was customary at the time that he was watching Monday night football as Howard Cossell delivered the news.  My Dad was a Beatles fan and was shocked.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Oh Pineapple on July 17, 2008, 09:22:23 PM
I wasn't born.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: PaulieBear on July 17, 2008, 10:40:01 PM
neither was I  :'(
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Mairi on July 18, 2008, 03:01:36 AM
Quote from: 828
i was 10 years old when it happened, so I don't remember anything about it.

Chapman shot him at night, so I guess I was tucked away and asleep in my widdle iddle beddy bye. :)

I find that hard to believe. I would think that you'd remember something like that at ten. I was only seven when Diana of Wales died, and even though I didn't know who she was at the time, I remember it very clearly.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on July 18, 2008, 03:03:28 AM
Plus what about the weeks after his death! My God, it was like the president had been shot! How you can't remember that is beyond me.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: aspinall_lover on July 18, 2008, 03:17:19 AM
I got up that morning.........it was on a Tuesday, I remember that.  I had a birthday coming up on the 11th, so I was "almost 16"............mom and dad always listened to this country/news station on the radio...........and they came on saying, "former Beatles John Lennon has died, shot dead last night at his Dakota complex"..........and said more about it and I just cried and cried and CRIED that whole day at school.  Oh my god......someone had shot a "Beatle" and killed a "Beatle"........I was in shock for a long, long, time......
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: aspinall_lover on July 18, 2008, 03:23:54 AM
I did the whole bit of wearing, "Remember John" and all those T-shirts that people came out with just to remember, and "remind" what the music world had lost..........I was a "trouper", I was.......................and a fanatic............even got my mom to buying "anything" she saw of John Lennon at the stores when she went for her weekly shopping.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: BlueMeanie on July 18, 2008, 03:23:54 AM
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Lots of regulars haven't yet shared their story. I mean the ones that were around then. I wish they would.  :)

For anyone in Europe it was the middle of the night, so we were all asleep at the time.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: PaulieBear on July 18, 2008, 03:27:37 AM
always taking news lying down...

 ;)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: aspinall_lover on July 18, 2008, 03:27:51 AM
My husband "to be", heard it on Monday Night Football when Howard Cosell made a statement that John Lennon was shot at his Dakota apartment..........but nothing more was said.........so yes, this is all "American Time".....
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: PaulieBear on July 18, 2008, 03:29:47 AM
everything in America is about football!
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Sondra on July 18, 2008, 03:31:32 AM
Quote from: 483

For anyone in Europe it was the middle of the night, so we were all asleep at the time.

Yes but, it's: where were you when you heard. Like the Kennedy thing or now 9/11. The moment you heard it is what sticks with you. And we all eventually heard it.

BTW, I was asleep too. It was pretty late in NY too. Especially for a kid on a school night.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: beatleslover2 on July 21, 2008, 05:02:27 PM
i was not born yet
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: laiyt on August 11, 2008, 03:07:58 PM
I wasn't even born yet(:
i knew john was death , i think when i was 5 years old(:
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Okay on August 11, 2008, 03:12:06 PM
Wasn't born, thank god for that because it isn't something I'd want to live tbh
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: iamheandwearealltogether on August 26, 2008, 10:17:28 PM
i have no idea!!! i was born 12 years later!!
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: on September 08, 2008, 11:27:34 PM
I was not alive when he was killed... I am only sixteen. But, I do remember when I heard that he was not alive for the first time. I have been a lover of the beatles since the age of five... and death is a pretty heavy subject at that age, but my dad decided he would tell me at age six. I was in the truck with my dad listening to revolution.. when he told me that the beatles weren't a band that is still together and that john was shot in 1980. And ever since then I have become more and more fasinated with the history of the band and all of the members.. especially john. He has been my favorite from the gecko.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: JimmyMcCullochFan on September 09, 2008, 10:14:50 PM
I wasn't born yet but I am sure if I had been living, I would have been quite sad.  :'(
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: JimmyMcCullochFan on September 09, 2008, 10:16:12 PM
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I was not alive when he was killed... I am only sixteen. But, I do remember when I heard that he was not alive for the first time. I have been a lover of the beatles since the age of five... and death is a pretty heavy subject at that age, but my dad decided he would tell me at age six. I was in the truck with my dad listening to revolution.. when he told me that the beatles weren't a band that is still together and that john was shot in 1980. And ever since then I have become more and more fasinated with the history of the band and all of the members.. especially john. He has been my favorite from the gecko.


Gecko? The Geico Gecko!

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Post by: The Dude on September 12, 2008, 08:30:49 PM
I remember that day well. I was eleven and I'd just gotten up and came down the stairs. My dad was sitting there in shock and my older brother had his hand on my dad's shoulder. I asked what was up, and my brother replied 'John Lennon's been shot and killed in New York.'

I was only eleven but I was floored. He and the other guys had been a big part of my childhood and I walked to school in shock. In lessons I couldn't concentrate and when my classmates asked me what was wrong and I told them, they were of the opinion 'he's just a singer'.

I'm just one of millions of people who loved and respected him.
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Post by: Penny Lane on October 12, 2008, 11:23:13 PM
I was not around in 1980 (I was born just a few years later).  When I first got into the Beatles I don't think I was aware that John had died.  I think I found out about it while looking up the Beatles in an encyclopedia, and it mentioned that John had been murdered.  I felt shocked and sad and thought to myself...  Who would do this?  And why? :'( :'( :'(
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Post by: popaloptop on December 04, 2008, 03:07:57 PM
I wasn't born when it happened (I came 5 years later), but I remember I was 7 or 8 when I was looking at my parents' Please Please Me CD and my dad pointed out John and told me he was shot on the street outside his home by a mad man. So I always had the picture of young John Lennon, as he looked on that cover, walking outside his house and being shot by a man hiding in a balcony. Weird how you can picture something like that in your head...
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Post by: Sondra on December 07, 2008, 05:16:38 PM
Listening to a Lennon tribute at them moment. Because, well, tomorrow. They started with Howard Cosell and the Roosevelt Hospital announcements. Still hard to listen to even 28 years later.  :'(

Elton John's Empty Garden
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Simon and Garfunkel A Heart in New York & The Late Great Johnny Ace (Guess they made up) Notice the angry fan's reaction. Remember, this was only 1981 and it was in Central Park. Hmmmm... Lucky he had security.
Nj71yp1sz8g (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj71yp1sz8g)

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Post by: Jane on December 07, 2008, 07:47:41 PM
What made the fan so angry? I didn`t get it.
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Post by: Mrs Lennon on December 07, 2008, 08:20:49 PM
I am really frustrated right now because I have a band concert tomorrow and I'm supposed to arrive 'cheerful and uninhibited'. I think the orchestra at the concert is going to play 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da'. I think it's supposed to be some sort of tribute, but I didn't have the heart to tell the orchestra director that Paul wrote the song instead of John.
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Post by: aspinall_lover on December 07, 2008, 09:39:41 PM
I was 15, getting up in the morning, eating breakfast at the table when I heard it on the radio.  Cried the rest of the day at school.  Terrible!!!!  And I can't believe that it's gonna be already 28 years since John's been gone........ :'( :'(
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Post by: Penny Lane on December 08, 2008, 12:26:01 AM
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I am really frustrated right now because I have a band concert tomorrow and I'm supposed to arrive 'cheerful and uninhibited'. I think the orchestra at the concert is going to play 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da'. I think it's supposed to be some sort of tribute, but I didn't have the heart to tell the orchestra director that Paul wrote the song instead of John.

Good grief.  And I think John hated that song too.   :-/
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Post by: Mrs Lennon on December 08, 2008, 12:36:59 AM
Yes, I know!!!! Oh, the humanity!
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Post by: Hello Goodbye on December 08, 2008, 01:25:15 AM
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I am really frustrated right now because I have a band concert tomorrow and I'm supposed to arrive 'cheerful and uninhibited'. I think the orchestra at the concert is going to play 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da'. I think it's supposed to be some sort of tribute, but I didn't have the heart to tell the orchestra director that Paul wrote the song instead of John.
Miss Lennon....Try to get the orchestra to play it in ska tempo the way the Beatles first recorded it.  It sounds better that way.  And who knows, maybe John liked it that way too.
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Post by: Sondra on December 08, 2008, 03:55:34 AM
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What made the fan so angry? I didn`t get it.

I'm guessing he felt Paul was being disrespectful by doing this song. The song isn't even about him until the end, but I think he sort of handled it in a weird way. It was too soon maybe?
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Post by: aspinall_lover on December 08, 2008, 04:25:33 PM
Can't believe it's already been 28 years............... :'( :'(
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Post by: alexis on December 08, 2008, 04:39:44 PM
I probably answered this last year, but I was watching Monday Night Football and Howard Cosell made the announcement. He sounded genuinely sad, I'll always remember and appreciate that. I remember hearing that the cops threw him in the back of their patrol car and sped off to the hospital. They asked him who he was, and he said "Lennon".

 :o :B
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Post by: aspinall_lover on December 08, 2008, 06:42:05 PM
Yep, my husband heard about it the same way on Monday Night Football.  
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Post by: Jane on December 08, 2008, 07:48:04 PM
Dear John, on this sad day I again want to tell you that I remember you and miss you very much! I will always love you!!!
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Post by: Sebastian on December 08, 2008, 10:38:46 PM
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Post by: aspinall_lover on December 08, 2008, 11:24:39 PM
^^^^^^^^AWE!!!!!!  Sweet picture!!!
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Post by: Penny Lane on December 09, 2008, 12:30:03 AM
Miss you and love you, John...thinking of you today. :'(
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Post by: HeatherBoo on December 09, 2008, 01:49:09 AM
What a sad day in history....But a day I hope people take the time out to remember what a wonderful and talented person John was.  He is missed dearly by many and lives on in our hearts.
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Post by: on December 09, 2008, 01:58:24 AM
I was only two years old at the time. I have been to the spot where he was killed in New York it was really sad.  You will never be forgotton John.
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Post by: Sondra on December 09, 2008, 02:13:25 AM
Cute Lennon tribute. He's singing Only You.
X-vSkskHFyI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-vSkskHFyI)
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Post by: Sondra on December 09, 2008, 02:19:49 AM
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I probably answered this last year, but I was watching Monday Night Football and Howard Cosell made the announcement. He sounded genuinely sad, I'll always remember and appreciate that. I remember hearing that the cops threw him in the back of their patrol car and sped off to the hospital. They asked him who he was, and he said "Lennon".

 :o :B


Here's the actual announcement. It sounds kind of weird. Too casual or something. But again, it was such a huge shock that a lot of people reacted that way.
5gcdz1IRVoM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gcdz1IRVoM)

John with Cosell a six years earlier. Weird. John's so cute explaining the similarities between rugby and football. Cosell looks like he gets a kick out of him.
Bt_4CtuXobA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt_4CtuXobA)

How funny is it hearing Cosell's voice again? He used to be such an iconic figure, but now I think most people have never even heard of him. Do the younger ones know who he is??
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Post by: Pitch on December 09, 2008, 02:00:06 PM
No, I was not alive... I'm 15, yeah... But there's nowhere else to post this is there? If so, let me know... ^^

The first time I had heard about John Lennon's death was probably about 3 years ago. My mom had a guy at work who liked the Beatles. He had a picture of John with the headline, "The Day the Music Died" over it... I didn't know who it was, but the face stayed with me.
Now that I'm a die-hard Beatles fan, I remembered seeing the face and that it was John's...
So yesterday was the 8th, if course. George's death date had been over my Thanksgiving break.
I dressed up in my best skirt and shirt and jewelry to school. I never wear skirts or jewelry to school, so people noticed at least...
So people were asking me why I was dressed up, and I told 'em.
Somehow, it wasn't a very sad day... I felt really peaceful. ^^
Sad thing, though, is that I saw 4 people with Beatles shirts on yesterday. None of them knew what day it was.
But, it's a new day, and let's head into the future, guys!


I guess I'm a bit young. ^^ I'm not sure who Cosell is.~
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Post by: Bobber on December 09, 2008, 02:13:56 PM
Sandra, first video is no longer available. Can you please upload another version of it?  :)
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Post by: HeyJude18 on December 09, 2008, 02:33:31 PM
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Yep, my husband heard about it the same way on Monday Night Football.  

My dad said that he did too.  I wasn't born til 9 years later, wasn't even though of (my parents didn't even get together til '85)

It's so sad to even think about.  Such an amazing mind taken so young :(
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Post by: Bobber on December 09, 2008, 02:42:52 PM
I just posted this on Al's forum:

I wasn't as much into The Beatles myself at that time. I was fifteen years old and was on my way discovering The Beatles via Paul McCartney's Wings. I was into Paul's London Town and Back To The Egg a lot since 1977 or so. Somehow I had just found out that Paul used to be in the famous Beatles, together with John Lennon. John had no output in the second half of the seventies, so he had not really caught my ears and eyes up till then. I remember not being very impressed by (Just Like) Starting Over and couldn't really understand the fuzz about it. I thought (and think) that Paul's output of that time was much more interesting.
On the 9th of December I remember that I heard about the news at school. In my mind it was all over the place. The first lesson of the day was Biology and I knew I had to get home as quickly as possible. Instead I sat there half a day wasting my time. I realized there was a lot of Beatles music on the radio all day and as I hadn't got the money to buy records, I had to tape everything from the radio. The days after John died, I collected a treasure of tapes full of Beatles music.
Funny thing is that in the mid-seventies (my sisters bought the red album. When was that, 1976?), I thought that The Beatles were a long long time ago. In fact, they had only split up six years before.
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Post by: Sondra on December 10, 2008, 02:31:16 AM
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Sandra, first video is no longer available. Can you please upload another version of it?  :)


It's weird. It doesn't work here, but if you go to youtube, it works. I can't find another version. Here's the direct link.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gcdz1IRVoM
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Post by: Geoff on December 10, 2008, 03:29:50 AM
^ Check the user box in the top right hand corner: a few like this one say "embedding disabled by request" in the embed box, and you can only link to them indirectly. A couple of my youtubes have gone the same way.  :)
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Post by: Bobber on December 10, 2008, 08:16:05 AM
Ah, thanks for clearing that up, moderator Geoff.  ;D
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Post by: beatlemaniac on January 02, 2009, 11:43:37 PM
I was being conceived. Literally, that was the estimated date given by the doctor that I was conceived and my parents have told me a rather disturbing story about my dad turning on the TV "right after" *shudder* and seeing the news.
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Post by: Penny Lane on January 03, 2009, 12:13:16 AM
^  Um.  Whoooa.   ??)
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Post by: Mrs Lennon on January 03, 2009, 06:46:49 PM
Well, that's a scary, disturbing story for your grandchildren. (if you ever have any, that is)
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Post by: Euan Buchan on January 03, 2009, 10:15:14 PM
Wasn't born til 84 but my Dad told me he was going to a concert and when he heard John died he cried and didn't go to the concert he and his brother were mad Beatles fans had wigs etc. My Dad's brother gave me orginal papers after John's death in good condition for Xmas last year.
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Post by: Jane on January 03, 2009, 10:48:06 PM
What is - original papers? What are they about?
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Post by: Penny Lane on January 03, 2009, 11:07:56 PM
^  I think he meant original newspapers from the day John Lennon died. :-/
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Post by: MandyBug on January 27, 2009, 06:48:10 PM
I wasn't born yet...I wasn't born until 1982.

I do have to say, though, that my parents' anniversary is December 6th, 1980...two days before.  

For some reason, that's stuck with me for 13 years.
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Post by: Andy Smith on January 29, 2009, 09:39:18 PM
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I wasn't born yet...I wasn't born until 1982.
 

the year i was born and strangely it is the 6th December.  :)

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Post by: Kaleidoscope_Eyes on January 29, 2009, 10:37:28 PM
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the year i was born and strangely it is the 6th December.  :)

Talk about coincidences, eh!
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Post by: Deb on January 31, 2009, 11:34:50 PM
I didn't hear about John's death until the next day.  I was already in bed and asleep when they made the announcement on Monday Night Football.   I was in shock for days after I heard the news.  
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Post by: Sondra on February 05, 2009, 04:34:25 AM
Does anyone still hear certain songs and immediately link it to that day/week? A Day in the Life affected me like that for years. Finally, I can listen to it without thinking back. I had to listen to it A LOT though to make it loose that association. Only because the first time I had heard it was that week after his death. And many, many times at that.  But today I heard Watching the Wheels, and there it was again. Right back to that time. They always say songs do that. Link you to a specific time and place. So I'm sure most of us alive back then have one or two that do this to us.
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Post by: stevie on May 01, 2009, 01:12:18 AM
I was 18 and living in my hometown. It was summer and we used to swim in the irrigation channels near the town. It was late afternoon, Tuesday December 9th and i was driving a mate home. The radio was on and had something about Yoko Ono in the middle of the news. I wasn't really listening and asked my friend was going on. He said(quote) 'that John Lennon guy has been shot'. I nearly drove off the road in horror! I screamed' what? I like him! Jesus!.  Then i saw it all on the news that night.

I've got into scriptwriting this last year, as a hobby, and my first completed one is a sci-fi adventure about two Liverpool guys who travel back in time to try and save John.
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Post by: Jane on May 02, 2009, 09:14:24 PM
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I was 18 and living in my hometown. It was summer and we used to swim in the irrigation channels near the town. It was late afternoon, Tuesday December 9th and i was driving a mate home. The radio was on and had something about Yoko Ono in the middle of the news. I wasn't really listening and asked my friend was going on. He said(quote) 'that John Lennon guy has been shot'. I nearly drove off the road in horror! I screamed' what? I like him! Jesus!.  Then i saw it all on the news that night.

I've got into scriptwriting this last year, as a hobby, and my first completed one is a sci-fi adventure about two Liverpool guys who travel back in time to try and save John.

That would have been the thing I would have done if I could travell in time.  :'(
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Post by: Gloi on May 05, 2009, 02:34:32 PM
I was in bed and my radio alarmclock came on just before 7am and it was playing a Beatles song which I was happy about. Then the 7 o'clock news came on and I was just in shock. I had to go to work and I remember not being able to face anyone and hiding in the toilet for the most of the day. I remember seeing the interview with Paul on the TV in the evening and being really angry with the interviewer and shouting at the TV to leave him alone.
I was 22 at the time and had been a Beatles fan since I started being interested in music. It took me a long time to get over it, I was depressed and angry at the world for a long time afterwards and in a way nothing's ever been the same since.
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Post by: Jane on May 05, 2009, 07:50:42 PM
Gloi, what a story! Thank you...(I got emotional... :'( )
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Post by: Gloi on May 06, 2009, 05:39:11 PM
 :( My friend had a hard time of it too. His 21st birthday was a week later and his parents had put on a big party for him. He had to go to this big celebration with all his relatives and friends and pretend to be having a good time when he was still traumatised from John's death.
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Post by: Gary910 on May 07, 2009, 04:20:43 PM
I guess I didn't know it the night of. Don't know what I was watching or doing. I was 15 years old. The next day I remember it was all of the talk at school. Someone had made and put up a banner so that everyone could see it. I wasn't into the Beatles as much. It was ironic, because someone had put up a banner, just months before that had a happy 40th birthday to John.

I felt sad, but wasn't touched like I would be now. Or as I was when George died.
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Post by: Bighead on July 18, 2009, 11:17:33 PM
I was in the third grade when John died.  I remember sitting in cla** on Tuesday the 9th of Dec., when the teasher asked the cla** if someone had heard some thing in the news.  The girl sitting next to me, Nancy, raised her hand and stood up.  "The guy from the Beatles got shot yesterday", she said.  I sat there and wondered who she was talking about.  4 yrs. later it hit me like a brick when I remembered that.
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Post by: Nelson_Wilbury on July 19, 2009, 12:00:02 AM
I'm only 4 years old in this time, but I got some memories, like flashes, nothing concret
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Post by: Euan Buchan on September 25, 2009, 07:47:43 AM
Hard to belive next year will be the 30th anniversary of his death and the release of Double Fantasy. I hope there will be a tribute night of him like a John Lennon Night like they did in 2000 on the 20th anniversary of John's Death.
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Post by: Eliza on October 21, 2009, 02:59:13 AM
Well I was born in 96 so I was not even around at the time of death... 'deep sigh' I was born in the wrong decade
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Post by: georgeharrisonluver on October 21, 2009, 03:19:00 AM
I wasn't born yet, but my dad was twenty at that time. I remember him telling me about hearing it on the radio while driving home from work and being really shocked. He was a huge John fan at the time.
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Post by: lucy~(-_-*... on October 26, 2009, 05:18:32 PM
In another world ....... Hihihihih!
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Post by: POMPON! on November 10, 2009, 10:55:02 AM
i probly havnt died from my former life yet and probly too old to even hear a thing lol i'm so random :P but well i'm sad now! R.I.P John Love :'(
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Post by: Aline_Lucena on November 16, 2009, 11:27:05 PM
I wasn't even born in 1980 :-\ So when I was a child I already knew he had been killed. But just when I grew up and became a fan that I started searching details about this tragedy. I bought some magazines and read articles in the internet. The more I read, the more I felt sad. I think I'll never get used to it, it seems like he's still alive, somewhere.
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Post by: Lyrically_N_Gaged on December 09, 2009, 11:13:36 PM
Perhaps I was somewhere, grieving in one of my previous lives.
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Post by: HarriGirl_44 on December 11, 2009, 01:16:05 AM
I didn't born in 1980! My grandma told me when i was a child and was sad.
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Post by: dipper1967 on January 11, 2010, 01:12:08 PM
didnt find out until i woke up for school. i was 13, it was my dads birthday. he's not a big John Lennon fan but he even said "why the fook would any one want to shoot John Lennon?" i wasnt really a big Beatles fan until then. that night i watched all the tributes on tv, bought all the newspapers next day, kept them all but they're a bit worn and torn with years.

i hope they do show alot of tribute programmes on tv on the 30th anniversary,i'm gettin well p*ssed off with all this elvis sh*t on tv at the moment. no offence to any elvis admirers out there.
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Post by: Sondra on January 12, 2010, 03:19:08 AM
Funny, I was watching the newest VH1 100 shocking moments, and Michael Jackson's death was number one. The idiot who introduced the clip goes, "it was so tragic, most of us remember exactly where we were when we heard it." Umm, wasn't it just a couple of months ago?? I mean, really now.

What made me laugh at that though is that I actually cannot remember where I was when I heard it and again, it was only a couple of months ago. YET, I still remember the exact moment I heard about Lennon being shot. Still can picture it like it was yesterday. Not just that day either, but most of that week.
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Post by: AngeloMysterioso on January 14, 2010, 08:49:06 PM
I was living in Quebec City, in the fall of 1980, and I remember precisely listening to the College Radio, the morning after John’s assassination. I did not know yet what had happened, but it felt strange that the guy on radio spoke at lenght about John Lennon and such… I remember saying to myself something likethis is weird… must’ve happened something.

Then, the news fell… and that very moment, I got a phone call from a close friend in Montreal; we were both longtime fans of John… we were simply speechless over the phone.

A friend of mine drove down to NYC (a 6-7 hour drive), that day, and took pictures of the crowd facing the Dakota building. A few months later, I went to the there, during a short stay on Manhattan, and asked the doorman of the apartment building to show me were John had been shot.
 :'(
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Post by: PetSitterDeb on February 21, 2010, 12:38:18 AM
 :(   I was 15 and in High School.  1980 me and only 2 other people in our class loved the Beatles.  Everyone was into Zeppelin, the Doors, Pink Floyd. 

2 classmates stopped me in the hall in the morning and asked if I heard about John Lennon?  I said, "no" what are you talking about?  They told me "he was shot and died last night".  I did not believe them and walked away.  Then 2 jerks in my first class in the morning were mocking John and kept teasing me!!!

When I got home from school that day and the news was all about John I just dropped to the floor!!!!  My father raised on the Beatles when I turned 10 in 1975.  He gave me Beatles records, merchandise, and always talked about when they appeared on Ed Sullivan.

Him and I cried and cried all night.  The next day when I went back to school, my 2 classmates were shocked and could not speak!!!!

This is the day the music died for me!!

There will never be another group like the Beatles or a man like John.

PetSitterDebbie



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Post by: Bubby Gnome on February 21, 2010, 02:56:53 AM
I was born in '96 so I hadn't been born yet but I have a hunch I would have been really upset 4ac :'(
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Post by: Euan Buchan on February 23, 2010, 12:18:22 AM
Here are the newspapers my uncle gave me for Christmas few years ago so precious to me I keep them save

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Post by: Brynjar on March 06, 2010, 11:23:22 AM
Funny, I was watching the newest VH1 100 shocking moments, and Michael Jackson's death was number one. The idiot who introduced the clip goes, "it was so tragic, most of us remember exactly where we were when we heard it." Umm, wasn't it just a couple of months ago?? I mean, really now.


Michael Jackson´s death was not shocking. Not at all. But he was a genius. No doubt about that.


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Post by: lennonista on April 13, 2010, 02:37:19 AM
I figured this would be the best place for my first post...

Hi all. I was a senior in high school when John died. That horrible night, I was at a friend's house and I was just about to go home (because I had a lot of homework to get to) when the tv announcement came on. Overwhelmed by shock and horror, I drove home, where my entire family was waiting for me, hoping I was okay. The next day at school, I was a zombie... I remember that my first period teacher spoke to the whole class and told us that the only good thing about this senseless murder was that at least John would be remembered as forever young. A few days later, some friends and I organized a memorial at school at lunch time. We all gathered in the amphitheater and lit candles and sang John's songs. Practically the entire student body showed up.

It was a horrible, depressing time. I still cry when I see photos of all the memorials that were held around the world. Those of you who are too young to have been traumatized by John's murder are lucky. But, then again, those of us old enough to have been alive when John was working his magic are pretty damn fortunate as well!  8)

Peace
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Post by: Hello Goodbye on April 13, 2010, 02:54:45 AM
Welcome to the Forum, lennonista.  Yes, it still hurts thinking of that day.
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Post by: nyfan(41) on April 14, 2010, 12:25:19 AM
john lennon and bob marley's voices were silenced within months of eachother and next thing you know everyone was watching ronald reagan on television
the forces of the universe were diabolical
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Post by: Jon on August 22, 2010, 03:58:36 PM
I was -4 years old....
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Post by: Mustang_Ed on September 10, 2010, 09:13:31 PM
I was at a party.  The bad/sad news came and there was shock and disbelief.  A happy party turned very sad.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: carlacundari on October 21, 2010, 09:11:53 AM
People often say they remember exactly where they were when they heard that Kennedy or Elvis had died. Can you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news about John's Death?


I was in a bus and read about it on a newspaper, went home and got drunk.
I cried for 2 days, I was 23.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: beatlesfan502 on November 21, 2010, 08:07:01 PM
I was 17 at the time. I was driving home from my girlfriends house and listening to WLRS. They first announced that John Lennon had been shot. (I thought that  maybe John had been robbed or mugged on the street knowing how he moved about NYC like any other person). WLRS started playing "Instant Karma", but shortly stopped the song and announced that John was dead. Then they started playing ''Imagine''. I was in total shock. I felt like a family member had just died.
After I got home, I couldn't sleep so I stayed up all night listening to the radio. I just couldn't listen to John's or The Beatles' music at the time, so I listened to stations that didn't play their music. John's death was such a tragedy. I had just discovered The Beatles in 1977, and John became my favorite for many reasons. I went to NYC in 1979, and made a special trip to the Dakota to try and see him, but John was in Japan at the time. I was so happy when he started recording again in 1980. And then this happened  :'( . John was a wonderful man, and will never be forgotten.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: carlacundari on December 08, 2010, 02:47:58 PM
People often say they remember exactly where they were when they heard that Kennedy or Elvis had died. Can you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news about John's Death?


I was 23 and I heard the news, so I got drunk and cried for days-
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: pc31 on December 09, 2010, 03:17:31 AM
i miss you moondog johnny.........i will always love you... i will be saddened on this your death day......forever more ....even if i forget my own birthydaze....
pc31 ;sorry :'(
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: droopy on December 09, 2010, 08:22:49 AM
J'avais 20 ans, étudiant en Histoire à Rennes, France. J'ai entendu la nouvelle à la radio et je n'y ai pas cru... Puis j'ai réalisé que plus rien ne serait comme avant, que cette fois, the dream is really over... J'avais connu la séparation des Beatles, mais demeurait l'espoir d'une reformation durant les seventies... En hommage, 30 ans après, j'ai modestement fait une reprise, via Grow old with me, le John doux, tender John....
John Lennon - Grow old with me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu56bonXyaQ#)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Bobber on December 09, 2010, 09:23:50 AM
Bonjour droopy et merci pour vos mots. Problem is that English is the standard language in here, so that all people can read, discuss and react. Hope you don't mind and keep posting. Welcome aboard!
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: fanofthefab4 on December 11, 2010, 02:31:26 PM
I have been a huge highly impressed Beatles fan(specifically a big John and Paul fan) since I was 9 and I started to collect their albums,I got my first Beatles book for 11th birthday and I had every album by age 13.
 
I was 15 and a half when this horrible insane,incomprehensible tragedy happened.I have never had ESP experiences before that I can recall.But the creepiest and strangest  thing happened to me the night he was tragically,cruelly,killed for no rational reason,but I didn't know it yet,I didn't find out until the next morning when I heard my parents watching Good Morning America and the DJ Murray The K who had been a big Beatles fan and friend of theirs was on talking about it almost crying with David Hartman.
 
I had enough problems I was going through and now I was devastated to learn this! But the actual night it happened about an hour before John was shot,I took a piece of paper and wrote the time which was around 9 somthing PM and the date Monday December 8 1980 and I placed it inside the Beatles book I got for my 11th birthday 4 and half years before,with some flowers which I had never done before in all of these years I owned it.
 

Also between 10:30 to 11 PM I was listening to The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album,which wasn't unusual but for some unknown reason I kept playing John's song I Am The Walrus over and over again,John was shot during this time period! After I learned what happened I looked in my Beatles book at where I placed the paper with the time and date and the flowers,and it was right near John's face,and it was a group picture of The Beatles in India!

 
Somehow because I always loved them so much and still do,I was subconsciously intuned to something bad happening to John and was saying good-bye.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: blmeanie on March 22, 2011, 01:18:37 AM
Like others, I heard about it from Howard Cosell on MNF.

This youtube clip was before they announced it on air (during a commercial break) trying to decide if they could/should tell their audience (sorry if it has been posted previously).

I was 15 at the time and have an older brother that would play a cassette of the blue album on our way (three brothers) to aunt and uncles house for Christmas Day every year (parents and grandparents in another car).

That was my first repeated listening to the Beatles which led to a lifetime of enjoyment since.



Howard Cosell Audio: Did not want to announce Lennon's death (VERY RARE) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkLO6GZterk#ws)
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Bobber on March 22, 2011, 07:46:23 AM
Welcome to the forums blmeanie. ;D
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: blmeanie on March 22, 2011, 11:13:26 PM
thanks, no relation to the bluemeanie I've seen many posts from, lol

my very first aol account (first entry into the internet) was blmeanie, have held it ever since.  20 years, moving it from service provider to service provider.

First online gamer name was "Like pigs from a gun"   ; got tough explaining that one so for gaming I went with blmeanie as well.  My avatar was 1987 ish, handmade costumes for a Halloween party at a club in Boston (I was JL), we won first place (of course).  Hung out all night with a late 60's JL who's girlfriend was a believable Yoko too.  Good times.

Sorry about the ramble.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: In My Life on March 28, 2011, 05:30:46 AM
Like another person who posted in this thread, I was a senior in high school when John Lennon died. That night I was in my room, putting yarn around my boyfriend's class ring when I heard it announced on Monday Night Football. My first period class the next morning was a government class, led by a very outspoken and patriotic teacher. He always started class by going over current events but he didn't say a word about the most obvious one. Someone questioned him on this and he made some nasty comment about John "Lemon". Quite a few of us took exception and he started going on about the song Revolution. I never was one to speak up much but I raised my hand and asked him if he really knew what the song was about. He thought he did but I explained it to him and he was actually quite surprised. I doubt I really changed his mind but he did stop his rant which wasn't easy to do with this guy. He actually was a great teacher really but very singular in purpose.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: 7 of 13 on March 28, 2011, 05:48:03 PM
that was a totally tragic event for me too. it ripped my soul apart over the next several days. i had just gotten home from work, turned on the tv set to monday night football, then got hit with the tragic announcement.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: PaulieBear on March 28, 2011, 09:13:25 PM
...I wasn't born then  ;sorry But I could tell you all about what I was doing on 9/11 :-\
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: 7 of 13 on March 30, 2011, 05:01:03 PM
...I wasn't born then  ;sorry But I could tell you all about what I was doing on 9/11 :-\
oh it was brutal, let me tell you. everyone was in shock you could see it in peoples faces.

i had never understood that John was the leader of the group until the media started spilling their guts about John Lennon, beatlemania, and the beatles, etc. up until then he was just a singer and songwriter and oh yes he played rhythm guitar in the band. don't laugh. good thing i suppose, i went out and bought in his own write and saw the  "james joyce style"  wordplay and the silliness that abounds, and the pictures too. that's when i realized he must be a very clever fellow, and there must be alot more going on in beatles songs, then i had even imagined. up until then strawberry fields was just that song to me, just like you've got to hide your love away, baby you're a rich man, i need you or yer blues.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Gary910 on March 31, 2011, 05:03:18 AM
i need you

"I Need You By George Harrison"    ;D :P " 2ch"
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: 7 of 13 on March 31, 2011, 06:38:56 PM
"I Need You By George Harrison"    ;D :P " 2ch"
don't know what you are trying to say there Gary910... i'm just saying that the beatles were one big cohesive inseperable whole for me, John Lennon and Macca were the major songwriters and sang most of the songs, Ringo Starr played drums, George Harrison sang some songs and back up vocals and played lead as opposed to rhythm guitar.. standard beatles mythology. i had no idea this group even needed, wanted, nor desired any leaders, their music was without exception *extremely* listenable, accessible and fun to listen to. even by this time i was well aware of the crap imitators, as most hard rock bands were more or less one hit wonders that probably had some music talent, though i admit i liked bands like quicksilver, led zeppelin and black sabbath. for the most part i could do without the rest, that is, mainstream pop. that's why i like soul music and R and B, it isn't or wasn't dragged down in mindless hypocrisy and sappy lyrical treatment..

hope that makes sense.  ;D
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Gary910 on April 04, 2011, 03:01:06 AM
I was making a joke. It is a reference to the ending credits of the film "Help!". During the credits when the song credits come on, George's voice comes on and says, "I Need You by George Harrison".
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: LennMcHarriStarr64 on August 12, 2013, 03:54:16 AM
I was John in my last life, and was reborn into this body a few years later.  I have no memory of the incident, but the same intentions, and I will continue what I came into this world to do.  ;yes
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Strawberry Field on September 04, 2013, 11:33:37 PM
I was a year and five months old. I had no idea of anything. It didn't really hit me HARD, real hard, until I became a big time Beatles fan 19 years later.

I can only imagine what I'd be feeling, what state I would be in if I was a teenager or adult in 1980. I can only imagine that the pain I feel now about the loss of John would be too enormous to bare. I can imagine my heart breaking every time I heard one of his songs on the radio. It's easy if you try.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: KEROUAC on December 08, 2014, 06:43:17 PM
As it's the 34th anniversary I thought I'd post something.

I remember coming home from school as a fifteen year old for lunch and hearing the news on the afternoon radio here in the UK. I remember my mum saying she thought it was probably carried out by gangsters.

I didn't know much about John Lennon or The Beatles at the time. I remember Beatles and Lennon music being constantly played on the radio and tv till well past Christmas it had a major impact on me. It was on the covers of most magazines in the newsagents. I felt the shock waves even though as i said I didn't really know much about John Lennon. That's how I became a massive fan ironically.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: oldbrownshoe on December 09, 2014, 07:40:36 AM
The strange thing is that, in the U.K. at least, the news and reaction was absolutely unavoidable in a way it wouldn't be now.
 
Every radio station had a news bulletin, daily newspapers sold in millions not thousands, and there were only three TV channels.

John's material got re-released and so his songs were everywhere, omnipresent in the chart (now no-one listens to it), in record shops (they no longer exist) and on 'Top Of the Pops' (now it too doesn't exist) for about six months afterwards.

Cue to 2014 and, if you wanted to avoid a celebrity's death, you could do so with ease.
I completely, after hearing about it at a bus-stop in Penzance, avoided all the Michael Jackson stuff.
It would have been impossible in 1980.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Kaleidoscope_Eyes on December 10, 2014, 09:11:10 AM
The strange thing is that, in the U.K. at least, the news and reaction was absolutely unavoidable in a way it wouldn't be now.
 
Every radio station had a news bulletin, daily newspapers sold in millions not thousands, and there were only three TV channels.

John's material got re-released and so his songs were everywhere, omnipresent in the chart (now no-one listens to it), in record shops (they no longer exist) and on 'Top Of the Pops' (now it too doesn't exist) for about six months afterwards.

Cue to 2014 and, if you wanted to avoid a celebrity's death, you could do so with ease.
I completely, after hearing about it at a bus-stop in Penzance, avoided all the Michael Jackson stuff.
It would have been impossible in 1980.
The grim-ful truth, oldbrownshoe.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Bobber on December 10, 2014, 03:52:09 PM
As it's the 34th anniversary I thought I'd post something.

I remember coming home from school as a fifteen year old for lunch and hearing the news on the afternoon radio here in the UK. I remember my mum saying she thought it was probably carried out by gangsters.

I didn't know much about John Lennon or The Beatles at the time. I remember Beatles and Lennon music being constantly played on the radio and tv till well past Christmas it had a major impact on me. It was on the covers of most magazines in the newsagents. I felt the shock waves even though as i said I didn't really know much about John Lennon. That's how I became a massive fan ironically.

That is exactly my story! Including the age! I remember how Starting Over -till that moment not doing very much in the charts- suddenly skyrocketed to #1, followed by Happy Xmas. It was a strange mixed emotion. I was just getting into The Beatles and their music was play a lot on the radio. I taped it all and I loved it. The reason why it was played however was pure horror.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: KEROUAC on December 12, 2014, 11:24:10 AM
Wow that's strange Bobber. Were you in the UK too? The irony was that I was an ELO fan and hadn't really taken notice of The Beatles (even though the previous Christmas they had a Beatles film season on UK TV). Just hearing those songs 24/7 though turned me into an obsessive fan and I started collecting press cuttings around that time. I put Beatles records on my Christmas list and remember getting Rock n Roll Music Vol 2 and Double Fantasy on Christmas Day. I also seem to remember the film "Birth of The Beatles" being on Boxing Day.
Title: Re: Where Were You?
Post by: Bobber on December 12, 2014, 11:45:04 AM
No, I was and am in The Netherlands.