I heard from a reliable source that the phone at my high school rang off the hook all day on December 9, 40 years ago this week.
Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia, on a Tuesday morning two years after I graduated and less than 12 hours after John Lennon was gunned down outside his home in New York City.
Someone figured out the gunman spent much of his youth in Georgia, on the eastern edge of suburban Atlanta in a place called Decatur.
The world’s news media got word of it, did the math, and I’ll bet the phone was ringing at Decatur High well before anyone showed up for work that day. England and all points east woke up to this terrible news.
But the gunman did not really live within the city limits of the 4.5-square-mile seat of DeKalb County, even if his parents’ house and his high school (Columbia) had Decatur mailing addresses.
Welcome to unincorporated DeKalb County, Mr. Caulfield. The dude who shot John Lennon ain’t from Decatur, and he never will be.
Ed Legge (@freebirdyeller) is a life-long musician, long-time journalist and sometime corporate dweeb who’s writing a book about originating rock ‘n’ roll’s most absurd tradition.