John Lennon (originally posted 12.8.09)

Today marks 29 years since Mark David Chapman murdered music legend John Lennon outside of The Dakota Building in Manhattan.

I visited the spot earlier this year and was completely saddened by the thought of what that physical location now represents. Across Central Park West, in Central Park, is Strawberry Fields where you can find the Imagine mosaic (pictured below), part of a memorial to Lennon.

If you get a chance to watch the film Chapter 27, starring Jared Leto, I would recommend it. It doesn’t answer any questions, but helps to make this horrific moment more real for those of us not alive in 1980.

Opinions abound on John Lennon, and today is not time to insert another one. If you read beyond the headlines, it doesn’t take long to realize Lennon was a very, very interesting character.

Listen to his music, watch as much video footage as possible. One thing is certain: there is a lot to learn from John Lennon’s life.

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