John Lennon’s glasses

Yoko Ono tweeted this on Wednesday:

lennon glassesThose are the blood-stained glasses John Lennon wore the night he was shot to death outside his home at the Dakota in New York City.

Yoko wrote:

The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon


Happy Birthday, Pete and Lu

Today is my brother’s birthday. It is also my wife’s mother’s birthday.

They’re not with us anymore, but when they were, they would always note that it was the other’s birthday, he in New York and she in Kentucky. So, here’s a second birthday song to remember them by:

And just to round it out, yesterday was Yoko Ono‘s birthday. Believe it or not, Mrs. John Lennon is 80 years old!


Death and football

John Lennon was shot to death 30 years ago today. I heard about it through a phone call, but this is how a lot Americans first got the news.

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” has an audio clip of Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell discussing whether they should report on the air the death of the former Beatle. It’s an interesting look at journalistic decision making when tragic news breaks. Cosell and Gifford performed admirably.