When John Lennon was shot I was only six years old. I remember my mom crying, but I don’t remember being sad because I got to stay home from school. This started the bittersweet tradition of the “Celebrity Day Off”.
A few years later it happened again:
“Mom, John Belushi died, can we stay home from school?”
Then the next year:
“Mom, Marvin Gaye got shot”
-“Did he die”
– “No school tomorrow”
In time this tradition faded away and eventually it disappeared completely*. When Rock Hudson died we took a half day but according to my much younger brother they didn’t miss a minute of school when Kurt Cobain, Tupac or Biggie died. The kids today may have a lot of advantages but they don’t have it all.
*I resurrected the old tradition on my own by taking a day off when Joe Strummer passed away.