October 15th, 2010
LENNONYC
John and Yoko Walk in Central Park

Watch archival footage from 1980 of John and Yoko walking in Central Park. Hear John talk about the personal freedom he has found living New York City.

  • Tony

    Still miss John, seems like yesterday when we got breaking news that John Lennon was gunned downed outside his New York studio apt.
    Imagine John just Imagine, so much great music.

  • Robert Delisle

    I’m 62 years old. I’m still a fan of John Lennon. He had a great message and knew how to get it out. I’m glad that Yoko Ono is continuing THE project . Thank you, Yoko.

  • MARIA MARIE MARTA I NUNAG-DIZON

    I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY HE WAS GUNNED DOWN. BUT THEN AGAIN WE HAVE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, BOBBY AND JOHN F. KENNEDY AMONG OTHERS. PEOPLE WHO STAND UP TO TRUE CONVICTIONS TO BETTER THE WORLD SUFFER SUCH FATES. I WON’T BE SURPRISED THAT ONE OF THESE DAYS FOOLISH WORLD WILL ASSASINATE ME TOO. BUT AM NOT SCARED TO LOSE MY LIFE FIGHTING FOR PRINCIPLES.

  • Jake

    Maria,
    John was gunned down for the most mundane and insignificant of reasons. Some idiot wanted attention. An incredible irony for a man who had such profound impact on the whole world to be killed by someone simply so that the whole world could know his name too. That bastard was the only one on earth who was happy that day, sitting there with his warm gun. His prize is that now he gets to rot in prison but at least he’s famous.

  • Martha

    Jake, maybe the shooter is not so famous after all; I can’t even remember his name. But I’ll never forget John Lennon.

  • Scooter

    If people would just learn that entertainers are just people too, which is something I believe John believed, he’s probably still be alive today. Instead, people fixate on the famous until they become obsessed and then go off the deep edge. I loved John’s music, always thought he was an interesting person with interesting views on life, and would have loved to have met him walking the streets in New York back in the 70’s, but in the end he was just a guy like you and me. Same with Kennedy, King, and Lindsay Lohan for that matter. Imagine all the famous…free to just be themselves. Yeah, I guess I’m just a dreamer…but I hope I’m not the only one.

  • norma

    Rest well teacher…..

  • Jorge

    Lennon’s death is one of those occurrences like the Kennedy assasination; you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you got the news. I was at the Dolphins vs Patriots Monday night game in the Orange Bowl. Even though Howard Cosell told the nation on live TV about the shooting the people in the stands had no clue, at least we didn’t. The game went into overtime and eventually Miami pulled it out. We were ecstatic about the game until we turned on the radio and heard the news. I’ve never gone from such elation to total disbelief and sadness in such a short moment. We were stunned as I’m sure all the world was, we not only lost a great musician but a great humanitarian. Rest in Peace John, we love you buddy!

  • gretchen

    I loved, respected and adored John and Yoko. I will miss him for all time. Thank You for bringing us this documentary. Peace

  • suep

    I’ve loved John Lennon & The Beatles from the beginning. My mom passed away the day John Lennon did, she was a beautiful musician, like to think of them jammin’ together!

  • Carolesque

    One of the things about John that gives me peace is that he had those few years to live, REALLY LIVE, like a normal human person in the greatest city and the only city that could embrace him without crushing him. When I am challenged by well meaning, but narrow minded Christians about going to hell if I don’t believe in THEIR religion, my response is always, OK if there IS an afterlife, then I’ll go where John Lennon and Ghandi are. NO religion or ALL religions. I had the opportunity last year for my 60th birthday to visit NYC and of course Strawberry Fields. I was still so overcome with emotion the tears just flowed then dried during the walk into and thru Central Park on a beautiful sunny December day realizing why he was so happy there.

  • Jennifer

    I was born two years after John was killed but his music was a part of my life for so long that I often felt he was still alive. There’s really not enough words to express what John’s music means to me, and how cool I think he was. Often when I see these images of him in 1980 I can’t help but feel a terrible loss, kind of selfish…that I never got to experience him being alive in my lifetime. But also, I feel a lot of pain for Julian and Sean because that was their father. I can sort of see a sadness in both of them even to this day. And Yoko I have a great deal of respect and gratitude towards for protecting John’s legacy. People have put her through so much scrutiny over the years for so many things, yet her loyalty to her husband’s legacy is unflinching. I think their love was a truly amazing one. And I am excited to see this program.

  • Elaine

    You said it so well, and so beautifully. I still have trouble believing you are gone and will probably always miss you.

  • Bonnie

    I will never forget that b*****d chapman, let’s hope no pray, that Yoko..and Sean shall never let him see parole.
    Unfortunate for me, my dad died the following Sunday..I’ll never forget December 1980

    d chapman who shot John…let’s hope, no pray that Yoko, and after her..Sean… shall prevent him from from ever seeing parole…

  • Kirk

    I remeber that night watching MNF and Howard Cosell broke in and gave us the news. It felt like my world and my heart were shattered and broken, it was such a ssenseless killing of a great man. All he wanted with Yoko was peace in the world, isn’t this what we all really want. To be able to look at a circus poster and turn it into for the benefit of Mr. Kite says that John was a true genius. I am glad Yoko is keeping the torch alive. People need to get off her back for breaking up the beatles, all she did was show John there was a life after the beatles. you can tell the man loved her and people need to let it go.

  • Sheree

    I never go to NYC without having John cross my mind. Even for a fleeting moment I feel he should still be there. I was in Central Park on the Sunday after his death for the 10 minutes of silent prayer and it was such a moving experience. Thank you Yoko for taking care of John and his legacy and for this documentary on PBS it was beautiful and I enjoyed it very much. Thirty years…so hard to believe. Rest in peace John and God bless you Yoko & Sean. Peace

  • Penny

    The media was not particularly kind to John and Yoko during a filmed “sleep in” interview. It seemed like the interviewers were primarily trying to provoke John rather than understanding what he had to say. Wish it could be said that that viewpoint has changed, but in reality has only gotten worse. LISTEN people! Who is anyone to judge another!?! Rest in peace John. You left a significant legacy. He is one who left the world a better place than he found it.

  • Gary Schantz

    #1 – The name of the killer should be forever be forgotten and never mentioned
    #2 – I was 16 when i heard about this brutal murder and it still makes me very sad every time i hear Imagine
    #3 – It has been 30 years since he was killed, and not to sound cold or uncaring, but its time to let him go and rest in peace because it seems like all his fans have been mourning for too long and highly doubt this what he would have wanted his murder to have been his most prominent memory.
    #4 – Remember the songs and let December 8 1980 remain in the past.
    #5 – I just dont want to feel bad any more.

  • Arlene

    Who was the lady in the blue jacket in Central Park who said “I’ve been following you for a long time.”? I think I know her from when I lived in NYC in the 1980’s. I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out where I know her from!

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