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Reflections on John Lennon on the Anniversary of his Murder

***this was originally written on December 9, 2009 as a submission for Pat DiNizio's website***

From the time I was old enough to listen to & enjoy it, my father (a former Disc Jockey) raised me on what he considered "The Holy Trinity" of Rock & Roll; Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, & Little Richard.

From the time I was in Nursery School until 4th Grade, I wanted to grow up to be Elvis.

I mention this as a preface to my story:

December 9, 1980-
I was 8 years old.I was getting ready to go to school, and the TV was on.
I just wanted to watch my early morning cartoons, but the only thing on every channel was the news.
All I saw were people gathered in enormous crowds, crying in a way that I'd only seen my father cry on August 16, 1977 (when Elvis Presley died).My dad was already at work that morning, so I asked my mother, "Mom?
Why are all these people so sad?"She looked at me and said, "John Lennon was murdered last night.""Who's John Lenn…