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John Lennon - Life Is What Happens

Updated on December 5, 2010

John Lennon

Borack's book includes tons of photos including reproductions of famous prints like this one from Richard Avedon.
Borack's book includes tons of photos including reproductions of famous prints like this one from Richard Avedon.

A Day in the Life

Baton Rouge, LA, December 8, 1980.

I was lying on the couch in my apartment after a hard day's work. My family was still in North Louisiana as we transitioned to a new job in the Capitol City. My youngest son had been born a month before on the same day that Ronald Reagan had been elected -- November 6. I was tired and it was colder than normal so I had hit the couch still in my work clothes and tuned the television to Monday Night Football.

Not sound asleep, just dozing when I heard Howard Cosell's announcement. I had been a Beatles fan since the British Invasion began back in the 60's. In the midst of starting a family and my job, "top forty" music had faded into the background -- so had John Lennon. The news was shocking.

John M. Borack and I have several things in common, one of which is our interest in the Beatles and John Lennon. Another is that we were both watching Monday Night Football that night. He talks about his experience in Decmber 1980 in the introduction to his new book.

Cosell's words traumatize a generation. (at 30 secs.)

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John Lennon: Life is What Happens
John Lennon: Life is What Happens

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      Chip 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thank you all for your comments, I appreciate each and every one.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love the video. It personifies John Lennon's extraordinary poetic soul and his ability to still take himself lightly. Great read on someone who brought enlightenment to the world as poetry in motion.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I remember the day.John was my favotite.

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I remember that day i was on my way to work when they said it on the radio,i felt numb for the rest of the day,just like part of me died that day.

      Great hub!!!

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      It was a sad day for music.