Remembering Chuck Berry

When Chuck Berry died last week, I was reminded of when I took the photo above; that time he played a concert outside my living room window in Columbia, Missouri. I …

Chuck Berry at Mizzou, 2009

Chuck Berry at Mizzou, 2009

I went off to teach journalism at the University of Missouri for a year in 2009 and I took a small apartment in downtown Columbia, upstairs from a florist and just a few blocks from the campus.

A week or so after I arrived, I awoke to find crews building a stage in the street almost directly in front of my place. And when I asked about it at the office, I learned there was an outdoor concert series and that Chuck Berry would be playing that night.

I took this photo from my living room window.

I had been a Chuck Berry fan since I found an old record when I was 15 and I still can’t believe this happened but I always I hoped I would get to see him again.

I shot video from my window when he played and sang Johnny B. Goode.

Chuck Berry was 82 years old at the time.

Watch for the duck walk!