I pretty much grew up in the 1960s, so I was completely shocked when I heard the news. I walked around feeling as though part of my youth had been torn away, as so many felt back then. It is so hard to believe that it's been thirty years. So much has happened since.
Events like these become benchmarks for all of us, against which we measure the moments of our lives. For another generation, the death of Kurt Cobain had a similar effect.
For that generation's grandparents, it was the assassination of John Kennedy that stopped their lives for a time.
Today we look at three stories about Seattle's reaction to the killing of John Lennon. They aired in our 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. shows on December 9, 1980, all done by Steve Pool.
They are very similar in many ways but I included them all so you can get an idea how our city reacted to that terrible news.