If I’m remembering right I read about John Lennon’s murder in the next morning’s Washington Post. I think I told my mom and she said angrily “What? Oh for god’s sake!” The sub-text seemed to me to be “What has this horrible world done now?”
Four months later Hinkley shot Reagan and two months after that some nut shot the Pope.
This was my senior year of high school.
I believe this period of time cemented my status as a worrier.