Career Calling

December 9, 2012

Sabbath, December 9, 2012

Filed under: Sabbath — claycerny @ 5:44 pm
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[“Sabbath” is this blog’s Sunday feature on things beyond the work world.]

A Shocking Death Remembered

Where were you when X, died.  Fill in the blank.  It started with John F. Kennedy.  Our most recent national shock wasn’t a person, but an event, 9-11.  Thirty two years ago I was at a bowling alley in Cleveland.  I was nineteen, a sophomore in college.  There was breaking news during Monday Night Football.  John Lennon had been shot and killed in New York City.  We stopped bowling for a few minutes and then went back to our games.  The football game too went on with occasional news reports sprinkled in.  John Lennon’s death didn’t change our culture as 9-11 did.  It did not even impact gun laws as the later assassination attempt on President Reagan did.  All the murder of John Lennon did was kill an artist who was making a fantastic comeback.  It left Yoko a widow with a young son, much like many mothers today who lose their husbands or boy friends to gun violence.  Our solace is that the gift of John Lennon lives on, and for that we can be very grateful.

Two of my favorite songs by John Lennon:

So This Is Christmas

Working Class Hero

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