John Lennon would have been 70 today and, one imagines, probably hosting a bed-based political chat show on YouTube.
Google, whose doodles have become increasingly quirky, decided that this was the moment to release its first-ever video doodle. It appears on its home page and when you click on it, the logo plays a delightful movie which is, naturally, also available on YouTube.
On Google's official blog, doodler Mike Dutton explained: "The old saying, 'A picture is worth a thousand words' still rings true, so I hope a moving picture will help me adequately--and simply--thank John for the memories."
The Doodle itself is beautifully simple.
I look forward, though, to the Doodle team trying to outdo and outdoodle itself artistically in the months to come. I am hoping that the team focuses on April 27, the birthday of CEO Eric Schmidt. Surely it could take its imagination where it has never ventured and create a lasting public homage that we might all enjoy.