For some of us here at Sip & Savor, it's hard to believe it has been 30 years since music legend and peace activist John Lennon was gunned down in front of his home at The Dakota on Central Park West. As with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., or the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, people around the globe can vividly remember where they were or what they were doing when learning the tragic news.
Many were watching Monday Night Football as the Patriots and the Dolphins closed in on the last few seconds of their game when the breaking news was announced by legendary sports journalist Howard Cosell. He and former NFL star and sports commentator Frank Gifford had just learned the news off-camera.
In a world without a 24 hour news cycle, it wasn’t until 18 hours later when CBS Evening News Anchor Walter Cronkite broke the official story. This seems unimaginable in today’s media environment, where broadcast news is simply one source for information and, at times, is scooped by digital media which is then perpetuated through Facebook and Twitter.
If you choose to take a moment today to reflect on the passing of this former Beatle, we suggest taking advantage of today's multi-media environment. Take some time to read about the reflections of others on that moment in history; today's New York Times "City Room" blog includes a sampling. Or if you're inclined to venture out and be part of a memorial with other fans, there are many options available – all you need to do is Google. In New York, fans will gather at The Dakota and at Central Park’s Strawberry Fields. In Lennon’s home city of Liverpool, events will take place throughout the city, including at Chavasse Park. You could also take advantage of reading John Lennon’s final interview which will be published in Rolling Stone this week – or you can download a podcast of the interview for free.