Russia's Lennon Lane
Add one more honor to those being heaped upon the late Beatle John Lennon, who would have turned 60 this week. The industrial Russian city of Chelyabinsk, in the Ural Mountains, has decided to have a Lennon Street — not to be confused with the innumerable Lenin streets. Reuters reports that the city council voted overwhelmingly to enact the street naming, which had been proposed by one-time Soviet rock star Valery Yarushin, a lifelong Beatles fan. Only two council members reportedly voted nyet. Meanwhile, in other news of Lennon, the transcript of last week’s parole board hearing for his assassin, Mark David Chapman, has been released. The convicted killer said his reason for killing Lennon in 1980 was, “I was feeling like I was worthless, and maybe the root of it is a self-esteem issue.” He was denied parole.