Today would have been John Lennon‘s 80th birthday.

Born in Liverpool, England in 1940, he was killed outside his New York City apartment building on the night of December 8th, 1980 at age 40. This year marks the 40th anniversary of that tragic day. John Lennon always insisted he was a genius.  Here he says it emphatically:

“People like me are aware of their genius, so called, at 10, eight, nine. I always thought, ‘Why has nobody discovered me?’ In school, can’t they see that I’m cleverer than anybody I this school? That the teachers are stupid too. I used to say to auntie, ‘You’ve thrown my [bleeping] poetry out and you’ll regret it out when I’m famous.’ And she threw the bastard stuff out. I never forgave her for not treating me like a [bleeping] genius or whatever I was when I was a child. I was different. I was always different. Why didn’t anybody notice me? It comes out that people like me have to say it themselves because we get [bleeping]

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