ALLEN, Texas — So, I walked into a sporting goods store today with my sis and her husband. We made a purchase and walked to the checkout counter.
The young man took one look at my Beatles shirt and said, “Hey, I love your shirt. I am named after one of those guys.”
I looked at his name tag with the name: Lennon.
What in the world? Yes, his dad is a major Beatles fan. So is the young man, who I figure might be 20 years of age.
“Do you know how John Lennon died?” I asked. “Oh yes. I’ve been told all about it. I have read all about it.”
My sis told the young man how we — she and I — attended a Beatles concert in Portland, Ore., in August 1965. “Front-row center seats,” she told him. Lennon wanted to know how we liked it “with all the screaming.” It was a challenge to hear anything, I mentioned.
Sis told him George was her favorite Beatle.
Lennon said his mom wanted to name his brother after Paul McCartney. I wondered: Huh? Well, I suppose he could be called “Mac.” Lennon’s parents ended up naming his sibling something else.
And so . . . I received yet another example of how the music of my generation lives forever. The Beatles’ legacy will live on for as long as human beings are able to listen to music.
I know he’s not the only child — or grandchild — of those who grew up listening to those fellows.
As I reminded young Lennon, “These guys (pointing to the image on my shirt) helped raise me.”