So Long John

While some fear that the events of December 7th, a day that will live in infamy, are in danger of being losts to the mists of time, I think that such fading and moving on is a natural part of the cycle of life. While it’s important to honor our nation’s history, the fact is each generation has it’s defining moments.

I think it’s natural that the noteworthy events that happen during one’s life assume prominence, and over time take on the mantle of “do you remember where you were when?”. The shooting of JFK was such an event for me, though from the vague distant perspective of a 6 year old. The shooting of John Lennon, and subsequent announcement by Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football seems like just yesterday.

And today it’s been 25 years since that tragedy. To some it may seem inappropriate to mention the death of one musician in the same breathe as the other two nothworthy events written about here. On the other hand, if you believe in the healing power of music, one can only imagine the loss to humanity when John’s voice was silenced.

You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one …