FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2023-200 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 8, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps recalls a rock-n-roll legend and how his life ended too early.

ON THE COVER OF ROLLING STONE

On December 8, 1980, photographer Annie Leibovitz did a photoshoot of John Lennon for Rolling Stone magazine.  Lennon refused to be photographed alone and insisted on including his wife, Yoko Ono, in the work.

The picture of a naked Lennon, curled up in a fetal position around a clothed Ono, became one of the most famous magazine covers and iconic photos of rock ‘n’ roll as well as the photographer’s most famous picture.

It also was the last picture taken of Lennon.  He was murdered in front of his New York apartment building, the Dakota, later that night by Mark Chapman, a fan who was enraged that the Beatles had become “more popular than Jesus.”

This map of New York’s Manhattan shows the Fire Department Districts.  It was created by Hardy and published in 1871.  

Hardy’s map of the New York City Fire Department Districts in Manhattan, from 1871 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.