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Thirty years later: Remembering John Lennon

Wednesday, December 8: 10:08 a.m.
Posted by Jim Henke

It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since John Lennon was assassinated outside of his apartment in New York City. At the time, I was running Rolling Stone magazine’s bureau in Los Angeles. I had just gotten into my car to drive home from work when a news bulletin came on the radio stating that John Lennon had been murdered. How could this happen? The world was shocked. We simply could not believe what we were hearing on the news. Here was a man who worked so hard to bring peace and love to the world, and someone kills him. We immediately dropped what we were doing at Rolling Stone, so we could put together a special issue about John. In the years since, I have been fortunate to get to know Yoko Ono, and she has been very generous to the Hall of Fame. In 2000, we did a major exhibit about John here at the Museum. Then, when we had our Hall of Fame Annex in New York, we did a big exhibit about John’s years in New York. We also have several of John’s things – his Sgt. Pepper uniform, lyric manuscripts, school report cards, guitars – in our permanent Beatles exhibit here in Cleveland. It’s still hard for me to comprehend how anyone could have taken John’s life. He truly was a great man, a generous man, a loving man. And he made some of the best music of the rock and roll era.

John, we certainly miss you!

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