Remembering John Lennon

By Betsy Thorpe

December 8, 1980 a night I will always remember. My husband Peter and I lived in Austin Texas, our daughter Ruby was almost two months old. It was a Monday night. The Miami Dolphins were playing The New England Patriots. We heard Howard Cossell announce the death of John Lennon.

“This, we have to say it, remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous, perhaps, of all The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to the Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival.”

John Lennon appeared with Howard Cossell on Monday Football on December 9, 1974.


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