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Happy Birthday John!


October 9, 1997 would have been John Lennon's 57th birthday and visitors to Bagism submitted the following birthday greetings to him. Even though John is no longer with us in person, he is obviously still in our hearts.

The birthday messages were placed on Strawberry Fields, the memorial to John Lennon in New York's Central Park. Many thanks to Sparky for dropping off the messages and for providing some photos of his visit.

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The mosaic at the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park. Our birthday messages to John were placed on the mosaic. A passerby stops to read some of the messages.

Oct 6, 1997
Sam Choukri (sam@bagism.com)
Wow! Has it really been a year since your last birthday? My, how time flies. I admire the way you lived the equivalent of several lifetimes in just 40 short years. You really made the most of your time here and that is something I try to emulate (but haven't yet mastered). Thank you and happy birthday!

Oct 6, 1997
Sue Ferro (sOOz) (aussiefriends@geocities.com)
There's no better time than a birthday to remember someone, living or deceased. John, your life, achievements and musical career will never be forgotten. Right across the world from England to New York to Australia we remember you as a musician, peace provoker, father, husband and as a human being. Your legacy of music and messages of peace will always be with us, and for that we thankyou! From a fellow libran (my birthday today 6th October)I thankyou for having such a huge impact on my life. Sue

Oct 6, 1997
Jorge Winston Urdapilleta (GOD) (Winstonlennon@rocketmail.com)
Wow!, you have changed my life. Since I met you my life is different. You have a very special place in my life. First is my God and then you. As you see you are really special. I wish you were here, but it is not possible. Happy birthday John

Oct 6, 1997
Tim
Well John, you would have been 57 years old now.I can't believe so much time has passed since you left us. 17 year's worth of creativity we have been cheated out of.17 Years of wonderful songs that will never be written.17 years without your dead on, often funny observations of this screwed up world we live in.Your humor is sorely missed.17 years of nothingness and for what? I've asked myself that question for 17 years now, and I've yet to come up with a satisfactory answer!Even if I could come up with one to console myself and make some sense of a totally sensless act, It still wouldn't be enough.So, all i can do is wish you a very happy birthday Johnny my old friend!Wish you were here. Tim

Oct 6, 1997
Christy Mason (www.tothanator@hotmail.com)
John you are such a great influence to me and my friends. When things go wrong i think of what you would have done. I love you and I hope the after life treats you well. Love Christy

Oct 6, 1997
John W. Leys, JSPS, FLS (jwleys@earthling.net)
John, Thank you. You've given me more than you can know. ** "Every day your memory grows dimmer,/ It doesn't haunt me like it did before/ I've been walking through the middle of nowhere/ Tryin' to get to heaven before they close the door" -Bob Dylan, 1997** "Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be. As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change" -Bhagavad Gita, 2:12-13** "We All Shine On" - John Lennon

Oct 6, 1997
Tina (kuklattn@email.dom.edu)
Happy 57th Birthday John! Your music still means a lot to me; it always cheers me up when I'm feeling depressed. All of us love you and miss you lots!

Oct 6, 1997
Masha Kozhevnikova (sunflower) (Akozh225@aol.com)
Dearest, dearest, John, All we can do is bow our heads in rememberance. There is no turning back on the past, only memories keep us alive. I'd like to thank you for all the things you have brought to this earth and the heaven you now are in. Perhaps one day someone will take up where you left off, but it'll never be the same. I wish I could have lived while you were alive, but I didn't. I guess it's all of ours duty to patch up this world and make it a great place. I swear by everything I hold sacred, I will try to accomplish that. We miss you dearly. Love and sweet hugs & sugary kisses, sunflower

Oct 6, 1997
nowhere person (beatlesdylan60s@hotmail.com)
Well, can't believe it's been 57 years. With you and without you John, you've given me and other's hope, happiness, inner peace, memories, smiles. You've enlightened my life, made it better, never a day goes by that I don't think of you and your music and your too-short life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hope where-ever you are, that you're happy and that you've seen how Julian and Sean grew up to become wonderful people. No-one can take your place, you are the original. Your music and poems and movies are all cherished by me, as a gateway to your thoughts and inner feelings, it showed all your different sides well. Thinking of you now and always " All you need is LOVE " " Imagine there's no heaven " " Mother, you had me, I never had you " " I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together " " Let me take you down, " " Just like starting over " " Help! I need somebody! " " There are places I remember, all my life " " Come together, right now, over me " " Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream " " Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup " " Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skys " " I read the news today, oh boy " Sections of your life, put so well, thank you John.

Oct 6, 1997
Anna Carolina Fagundes (a_escritora@hotmail.com)
No words wil express what I feel for you. I'd never be what I am now without the help of your timeless songs. O amor viver· para sempre ( love will live forever ) ! From this brazilian fan, with all my heart/ Anna of the field : )

Oct 6, 1997
Stefanie Porter
Happy 57th Birthday, John!!! I'll never forget you! I love you with all of my heart!

Oct 6, 1997
Julie
I know that even though your physical body is gone, your spirit lives on which is why I know you're receiving all the positive energy of these birthday wishes. Thank you for all you contributed to this world. It seems to be an endless spring perpetuated by every generation that survives on this earth. Like it or not, you have been immortalized. I know you would probably be opposed to the idea, but c'mon John, who doesn't like a good birthday party!! So put on your party hat, blow out the candles, & make a wish... I wish for peace.

Oct 6, 1997
Ally (alafreniere@smcvt.edu)
John, your legacy will live on forever. No one could ever take your place...you are an inspiration!

Oct 6, 1997
David Bupp (dbupp@oit2.iusb.edu)
There has been many, but you will remain at the top for ever!

Oct 6, 1997
Trace
A different class altogether. The greatest, John Lennon You will never be forgotten.

Oct 6, 1997
Valerie Keller (a.k.a. Pools of Sorrow) (vkeller@mindspring.com)
I miss you John -- you're always in our hearts. Peace.

Oct 6, 1997
Kat (apksid@erols.com)
i hope you get a chocolate cake in heaven. =) Love, Kitty

Oct 6, 1997
Deanna aka Abbey (jfhny@ix.netcom.com)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN!! :) I can't believe it's been 57 years since you joined us, and 17 since you left. Bagism misses you!! I'll remember you when my family cuts the cake for my birthday on the 8th! Best wishes to your family as they remember you. The world will never forget you! :) "Don't need a gun to blow your mind..." Deanna

Oct 6, 1997
Joe Hutchinson/The Hutchinsons (Joe_Hutchinson@paramount.com)
John's spirit lives through his music. He left his mark on humanity and will live forever in our hearts. Tonite at the Hutchinsons' performance I will honor him by dedicating our song "Hipster" to his memory and influence............................ "He could've been a garbageman/ He would've been the best there is/ Done with conviction and an honesty/ Every word he sang, he had this child believe/ Somehow, I could still love him/ Being young, I had an open heart/ He was the saviour with the hubcap halo/ Bent between the pages of my Circus magazine/ I was a boy, he was a man... He was my everything/ He got so high, and kept on climbing/ And so did my dream to be just like him/ He was more to me than just some hipster/ He was my friend through teenage loniliness/ I knew that he could understand/ I saw him then through painted eyes/ Our "kind" society was so unjust/ For he was just being what he wanted to be/ And all this child could be was a fanatic in his lust.../ I was a boy, he was a man... he was my everything "/ Joe Hutchinson

Oct 6, 1997
Megan Weeman (flowerpower23@hotmail.com)
Feliz Cumpleanos, John!!! Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for making my life worth living. :O) *Meggi*

Oct 6, 1997
Rea McNamara (windmax@pathcom.com)
you say it's you birthday! happy b-day john and hope you are having fun up there *s*!

Oct 6, 1997
Melissa Elliott (bergerzucco@hotmail.com)
John, I've never met you, I strongly doubt I ever will, but i feel like you're one of my closest friends (which some people say is pretty sick, but ohwell), and I will always love you for all you've done. Thankyou so much for everything you've done, and I hope you're having a good time...Love Peace and Hippiness...oh yes and Happy Birthday too, Melissa

Oct 6, 1997
David Beckner
Dear Yoko Ono, Your strength and nonconformity is an inspiration to us all. I miss John Lennon for his musical, political, and theological genius. Thirty years later,all you still need is love. Twenty-five years later, let's keep imagining. Seventeen years later, let's keep crying and missing John Lennon. Forever and ever. Jai guru deva. Happy Birthday John. #9 Dream. Give Peace A Chance.

Oct 6, 1997
Jennifer Talley (followthesun@hotmail.com)
Happy Birthday John! I wish I had been alive to experience your genius before you were gone. I was only 1 in 1980, but I grew up to be a true fan. I'm sure you're looking down on the world--having a good laugh now and then, and frequently getting angry over our foolishness. I love you John! :)

Oct 6, 1997
Erin Knight/Red Rose Speedway (mropp@skyenet.net)
Happy birthday John..I hope you have one of the greatest..And as Oasis says..."you and i are gonna live forever..." stay rockin' up there.. (and say hi to my gram for me, k? Thanks! :) )

Oct 6, 1997
Journey Lynne (sillysmiles@hotmail.com)
John~ Even though I never knew you, or was born to, I miss you! Hopefully, someday in some way we'll meet. Although that was probably the corniest thing that I've ever wrote!!! Peace and Luv to you John!

Oct 6, 1997
Dinora Torres (sic0101@delfos.ucla.edu.ve)
John: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!, deseo que en este dia estes tan feliz como yo, espero que algun dia no muy lejano podamos compratir este dia, y ese dia te dare mi mejor regalo, ahora no importa que no estes fisicamente porque tu estas en mi mente, en mi corazon y en mis sue~os. SABES QUE TE AMO. Dinora. P.D.:I know you can understand Spanish, so you won't have problem to read this greeting for you.

Oct 6, 1997
Vicki McElroy
John, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I hope that on your b-day people could have a day of peace to comemmerate you! I know I'll try!!

Oct 6, 1997
Briana Marie Eades (fostem04@bellsouth.net)
John, happy birthday, my love, you're my angel... i love you too much, but i couldn't love you any less. one day we will meet... bless you, wherever you are... i love you so much, you know the rest. All You Need Is Love, Briana . i love you, i love you, i love you words cannot express. tears.

Oct 6, 1997
Carol (galbraca@glasscity.net)
Happy Birthday John where ever you are. Thank you for the Music and the Dreams!!!!

Oct 6, 1997
Melissa Forrest White Eades (fostem04@bellsouth.net)
Dear John, I am only thirteen but I feel love for you like no other I have ever felt before. I know that you probably hear that all the time but it is true. Seventeen years ago if I was alive I would have ran away to see you. I will carry your legend onto my children and hopefully my grandchildren. I am sorry that you didn't get to see if you were going to have any. Well, I love you. Have a happy 57th birthday. Love, Melissa

Oct 6, 1997
Lucinda and Kimberly (bchz@msn.com)
Dear John, We miss you, actually we wish we were around to even know you! We aren't children form your times but if it's any consollation we ALL respect you as much as any fan could have then. Love you John, love, be loved. See you someday, Kim and Cinda

Oct 6, 1997
Layne
Remembering John Lennon on his birthday. I feel sadness at his early departure from us, but I am also grateful for having known something of the living person that he was. The rest surpasses human understanding. Time to recommit to living the ideals that John advocated.

Oct 6, 1997
Craig Schroeder (SirEgg@hotmail.com)
It is amazing that many years have passed since John walked amongst us and people are still "Coming Together" as he wished. This is the ultimate testament to his living years and I'm sure it is what he would wanted more than anything. On this his 57th birthday I dedicate myself further to realizing John and Yoko's dream of Nutopia. I will walk with peace in my heart and love in my soul for all my brothers and sisters. Thank you John wherever you may be now.

Oct 6, 1997
Lyla (lyla@montrose.net)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN. WHEREVER YOU MAY BE!

Oct 6, 1997
Stacey (blackstock@hotmail.com)
You have influenced generations of music, song writing and even ways of thinking.We will forever hold you in our hearts and in our souls....You will forever live on....God Bless You, John...with love

Oct 6, 1997
Amanda Judson
I can't explain in words how much you've changed my life and many others. By doing our best to carry on your legacy, I and others with the same frame of mind hope to express your pure genius and talent that was taken too soon. Happy 57th birthday, John. Legends never die.

Oct 6, 1997
John Battles (BlueRain84@aol.com)
I don't think there is anything that hasn't been said... Happy Birthday and we love ya John!

Oct 6, 1997
A Fan
Remembering you on your birthday...and happy birthday to Sean, too.

Oct 6, 1997
jlennonreborn (jlennonreborn@geocities.com)
Hey John. If there was some chance that you could see this from the kingdom of heaven, Across the Universe, happy birthday, and thanks for it all. You are the inspiration of millions, and you shouldn't have been killed. And I listened to one of your unreleased songs, 'Mirror, Mirror' and I'm finishing it for you. Thank you John Lennon, jlennonreborn (Rick) , you greatest emulaor

Oct 6, 1997
Robyn (peace4lennon@hotmail.com)
John-You may never understand how you changed my life...just by a few beautiful songs, and some words that meant a lot. You will always live on in my heart. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN (and Sean too) ~Love, Robyn

Oct 6, 1997
Ashley (Beatlefreak69@hotmail.com)
John- There are no words that could even begin to express how much you have helped and influenced me. I love you and your message so much. The only gift I can think of to give you that you would really want is to spread love and peace everywhere I go. I hope that wherever you are, you're celebrating a wonderful 57th. No one will ever forget you. My thoughts are with you and Yoko now. Johnandyoko forever! -Ashley "Lennon"

Oct 6, 1997
Chris McIntyre (amazing_bob@hotmail.com)
Happy Birthday John. You've meant so much to so many people through your music and your ideas. You will never be forgotten. Your music will alwasy live on. Remember- you made a diffrence. Even today, all you need is love.

Oct 6, 1997
Judah
Happy birthday John....we miss you.

Oct 6, 1997
Sally (sallym@gil.com.au)
Happy Birthday John! living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all I see, with your inspiration, we now all understand what you were trying to show us, only wish we could tell you what you have meant to us, thankyou for the memories......

Oct 6, 1997
Danielle (Lucy1009@aol.com)
Hi, John! I love you and miss you! I'll be thinking of you, as always, happy birthday! Peace, Love, Equality. I love you, Danielle

Oct 6, 1997
Steve Andrisevic (JUNIORTJ@aol.com)
Dear John Happy 57th Johnny!!!,Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the joy your music and ideas have given me.I miss ya,but in a way your still here.Not long ago I recorded a song in your honor and I knew you were there,just checkin it out.Well I hope ya liked it.Anyway just wanted to add my congrats,I love ya brother.PEACE!!!!!

Oct 6, 1997
JSL - Jeremy
Dear John, Happy 57th birthday Mr. Lennon. Your memory lives on with your music with The Beatles, and also with your solo music. You are one of the all time greats, and will never be forgotten. Hopefully one day your dream will come true and the whole world will Give Peace a Chance. I was only 14 months old when you passed away, but yet through music and film, you've still been one of the most interesting and influential figures in my life. May you forever rest in peace.

Oct 6, 1997
David Hyland (crackerbox@hotmail.com)
Dear John, Thankyou for everything. I know it's very hard to give back in any way, but if I could I would. Have a good day, wherever you are. Happy 57th! -David

Oct 6, 1997
young dreamer
Mr Lennon, you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all the hope your music has brought me. PS expect a letter from my grand children in 50-something years!

Oct 7, 1997
TRAIN
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN. I MISS YOU BUT UNTIL WE MEET THERE IS THE MUSIC TO LISTEN TOO. WE ALL SHINE ON.

Oct 7, 1997
Richard Humphrey (aka Sgt Pepper)
Happy birthday John, wherever you are! Have a good one! I know though thought all that hero worship stuff was a pile of cack, but I just wanna say you're my all time hero, your personality and music has been a major influence In My Life as it has the lives of millions. You are, i would say, the coolest person ever to have graced the universe, you will Live Forever! Power To The People Love Is All You Need Rich

Oct 7, 1997
Jules (jules_macca@hotmail.com)
Johnny.... Thankyou for your voice, thankyou for your music, thankyou for your different type of guidence.... I wish you a happy birthday whereever you are, I hope we don't piss you off too much, =) So from all the net heads....(thats such a sad word), from all the musicians I can account for, from all the people who admire you I hope that what we do doesn't send you turning in your grave, whever you are=) We really love you....is that what you wanted, love? I hope we give it to you in the best way that we can! Love Jules

Oct 7, 1997
Lex
Dear John, I was born just days after you died so I was never there to see you -but I feel i hold a piece of you inside of me. Life is very short and you knew that. Live your life the way you want to people because otherwise you'll lose out.Happy Birthday Love and Peace

Oct 7, 1997
Janelle
Happy birthday John! We miss you!

Oct 7, 1997
Karthik (karthik_ram@hotmail.com)
U r the greatest musician ever and U r my hero. Happy Birthday, John. Luv & Peace, Karthik

Oct 7, 1997
Sharon (Sharon.McHugh@ucg.ie)
Dear John.Happy Birthday!!I love you so much and although I never met you, you had and still have a huge influence on my life. You were one of the most amazing people to ever walk on this earth.You will be remembered forever.

Oct 7, 1997
Mark J. Mahal (mmahal@pottsville.infi.net)
Dear Yoko, I attended your Art Exhibit "This Is Not Here" in October of 1971 at the Everson Musueum of Art in Syracuse N.Y. and enjoyed it very much however, the memories of that weekend are not of just the exhibit but of John's 31st birthday party at the Hotel Syracuse for I was a guest there as were you and John & Co. I was but a child of 14 years old but that did NOT hinder me from giving my best shot at trying to "sneak" my way onto the 7th floor which was reserved solely for you & John. I never made it in all the way but I did get some snapshots as you left for the Indian reservation and to this day I STILL have a piece of John's birthday cake and the top frets of the plastic guitar that adorned the cake itself (I got them from the bellhop that was working your floor). My thoughts are with you at this time for to me John Lennon was more than a musician he was a "voice" that made the ears of the world buzz and the souls of man reflect. Peace Out~~~~~Mark J. mahal

Oct 7, 1997
eric koenes (koenes@thch.azr.nl)
Dear John and Yoko, Thank you for the music and the lyrics. your songs make me smilin' and thinkin' the picure of yohn is hanging in my office next to al those people who have been very important to me in my life on the 9th of october i'll drink a glass of wine on bealf of your memory with love and respect Eric.M.Koenes

Oct 7, 1997
Jacque Ramsel (ddshq1.jramsel@hw1.cahwnet.gov)
John, we've all Come Together...over you. You and Yoko sacrificed your privacy to bring a message to the world. Don't worry, it wasn't in vain. There is more love because of all that you did in your life. Thank you for being.

Oct 7, 1997
Jill Sanders (jill.sanders@stu2.hillsdale.edu)
Happy Birthday, John. I wish you were still here to share your heart, your wisdom, your joy, your music, and your vision with the world. You have changed my life, as you did for millions of others. Thank you for being who you are. Love, Jill

Oct 7, 1997
Tiffany Bey
Happy Birthday to you John! Your music has touched my life forever. I wished I could of seen you perform live. You have brought me much joy by your kind music. Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful talent. You are missed so very much. Thinking of you on your special day... I would also like to wish you, Sean, a very Happy Birthday to you!

Oct 7, 1997
Cathy
Happy Birthday, John. You are greatly missed.

Oct 7, 1997
Rachel Watson
Happy birthday , John !!!!!! Thank you for the music you left for us and the generations to come.When I was younger my father shared your music with me and after my parents death,when I was four, your music helped me to rember how much my father loved me.Thank you .

Oct 7, 1997
Melissa ( Lucy in the Sky) (Lucy64@aol.com)
Thank you John for all that you have given us. You mean something different to everyone. You have a special place in my heart and always will. We will never forget you! Happy 57th birthday!! -Melissa aka Lucy

Oct 7, 1997
Sophie Henderson (beatgoeson@starmail.com)
Happy birthday, John...You're the greatest. Cheers.

Oct 7, 1997
Melanie Pohl (GroovFlowr@aol.com)
Happy Birthday John!!! You're the grooviest! Thanks for all that you've given us!

Oct 7, 1997
Katie Mohn
It makes me think of the good old days. Happy Birthday To You! You've sure grown out of your baby ways. Happy Birthday to you! Cut the cake,let's eat some more. Happy Birthday To You!

Oct 7, 1997
Sarah Coursey (nacho4sara@aol.com)
Happy Birthday, John! The first time I ever heard a Beatles song, it was "Strawberry Fields," and I fell in love with your voice. When I learned about the man behind the voice, I knew he would always hold a special place in my heart. I hope that where ever you are, you have found the peace you greatly deserved and earned. Thank you for all your contributions and for your beautiful words that brought me and many others peace.

Oct 7, 1997
sarah leinicke
happy birthday john! you are one of the gratest musicians that there ever was. i want to thank you for decades of great music. i am only 14 but i think you are great i wish i could have met you

Oct 7, 1997
Carol D (MyBonnie) (carold@hotmail.com)
John, although your loss is still keenly felt by me and your legions of fans, we have the privilege of your music and legacy. Our admiration grows for you continuously and will continue to do so, while at the same time we recognize your frailties and foibles. They only endear us to you more. Please know we'll always love you.

Oct 7, 1997
David Bater (drb929@mail.usask.ca)
John, Words can't express what you've meant to me over the past few years. Although you are gone, your legacy lives on in us, your fans. Anyway, have a rockin' birthday. I'll be celebrating, as I'm sure a lot of people will be. "Yes we're going to a party party."

Oct 7, 1997
Aisha Quinn (aquinn@digitalexp.com)
John, Although I am young and never had the chance to share the world with you (for you had died before I was born), you have had the greatest impact on me. You are my idol and a great part of me. I would not be who I am today if you had not existed for that far too short period of 40 years. You have had more of an influence on the way I think, feel, and act than any other person, living or dead. And it brings tears to my eyes to think that you are gone. The world could have been a better place if you were here now to continue your gallant efforts. I know that you were not a saint, but you were a very interesting, complex, and good person. You are a very important part of history, yet, you are not history. History is the study of things in the past. But you are in the present, for you live on in my heart and in my soul. There is a little bit of John Lennon in all of us whether we realize it or not. Although I never got to meet you, you have always been my favorite person. You stand for so many things that people in this day and age cannot begin to understand fully. Hope, love, peace, creativity. But most of all, you had individuality. And in a society where being normal is oh so important, you broke those barriers and changed things. For you, it was a small thing to do. You were just being yourself, a genius, John Lennon. But to me, it was much more than that. What you have come to stand for to me is just too awesome to express in words. I cry as I type this, as you watch down from heaven, I'm sure you can see that. It is very hard for me to write how I feel, but I feel that I must thank you for everything. To put it simply, I love you.

Oct 7, 1997
Jen Burgess (yokochild) (burgessa@telusplanet.net)
I LOVE JOHN AND ALL THE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS HE MADE TO THE WORLD. HE'S MY TOTAL IDOL AND I KNOW HIS LEGEND LIVES ON. flower power and //0-0\ forever!!!!!!!

Oct 7, 1997
sarah (blue) (sarahn@healey.com.au)
John, i dont know what to say which hasnt been said..~HAPPY BIRTHDAY~. you have made a great difference to my life, thankyou, not a day goes by that i dont listen to your music..seriously, it means that much to me..thankyou and i hope you are happy wherever you are.love sarah :0)

Oct 7, 1997
Bryan
Happy 57th birthday John!

Oct 7, 1997
Lennon33 (jeallen@worldnet.att.net)
Happy Birthday Johnny Boy!

Oct 7, 1997
Eva & Gary Van Scyoc (vanscyoc@cpatch.com)
Happy Birthday in Heaven, John! We miss you dearly. Thank God for your music and your words of wisdom. They helped us to heal after your tragic death. My husband was lucky to have known you, played and recorded with you, something he will cherish always. Peace, John. WE ALL SHINE ON..... ON AND ON AND ON ...

Oct 7, 1997
Laraine Colwell (lennon98@erols.com)
Happy Birthday, John! Your music and words still touch the world although it's been nearly 17 years. You are loved dearly and missed. You will always shine on! You will always be my hero. Even though I was only a few weeks old when you were viciously murdered. Lots of love.

Oct 7, 1997
Kristin Rose (orwell@bright.net)
John- Happy birthday. I only wish that I had the chance to meet such a marvelous person. You are loved and missed. And when I have children, I will teach them the message that you brought to the world and they, too, will celebrate your birthday with love, respect, and hope that one day your dreams will come true. Mrs. Lennon-- I admire the courage that you have shown. John lives on in you and Sean. Please keep pushing for the dreams that you shared with him. In any way that I can, I will do that, too. My fiance and I plan to be married on March 20, 1999. We hope to be compaired to "The Most Perfect Couple the World has ever Known." Shine on, Kristin

Oct 7, 1997
Colin Ryono (ryono@lclark.edu)
happy birthday john winston ono lennon happy birthday to you fifty seven years, ocean child calls you, should have been here I love to turn you on, love you so much, yeah yeah yeah, we all shine on and so do you when you're busy making other plans in strawberry fields forever in my life, give peace a chance, and all you need is love in my life, I loved you more, so I sing a song of love, beautiful Yoko and beautiful Sean. Love you, miss you.

Oct 7, 1997
Amber
Happy birthday John and Sean!!!

Oct 7, 1997
Deb Karpinski (karpina@aol.com)
Yoko, as you remember John on his birthday as we all will, I know you're at peace knowing you were loved so much by such a wonderful man. I am thankful on this day for John being a part of this world for too short a time. His words, music and philosophy has had a tremendous impact on my life - the world is a better place because of John Lennon.

Oct 7, 1997
Joe (OhMyMy)
Happy Birthday John! Thanks again for your gifts to us. I hope that wherever you are you know the impact you've had on us all, and it somehow sweetens the bitterness you occasionally tasted in life. Your work made a difference.

Oct 7, 1997
Ludog (ludog37@hotmail.com)
Happy B-day Johnny Boy! Although you are not phsysically with us your apparation is present upon this earth. When we look up into the midnight sky, let you star twinkle and shine as bright as the others, because no other shines like you. Thanks for inspiring my life.

Oct 7, 1997
Erin
You were and still are proof that hopes, dreams and desires can come true! Peace, Love and Happy Birthday!

Oct 8, 1997
Leif L––f (leif@kagon.se)
Love Peace And Happiness all over the WORLD Thank you John Lennon for all god times you have give me and still do with your music From Leif

Oct 8, 1997
Rob Gibson (bertieG)
Happy Birthday Mate! See you in "Ye Cracke" for a drink. You are one spirit i wish was at the bar! Cheers! Rob

Oct 8, 1997
Tony Smaldone (tsmaldone@hotmail.com)
Happy Birthday, John. You will always be remembered. I'm not sure how you would feel about all the fuss made, but it should be comforting to know just how many lives you touched and the difference you made. I know you've touched my life and have been there for me by way of your songs and inspiration. Happy Birthday, Sir Winston O'Boogie!

Oct 8, 1997
MANUEL & TONI
We owe you many things. Thanx for sharing your philosophy with us. We've reached complete happiness, as you did. You are still here. Happy birthday, John.

Oct 8, 1997
Mike Malloy
Happy Birthday John

Oct 8, 1997
heather henley
happy birthday john! i think you are the greatest song writer and singer there ever was. I want to thank you for decades of touching music i really wish i could have met you. you really had a huge affect on my life. your words are powerful and will never be forgotten. ever

Oct 8, 1997
Barry Barrett (barry1y2y@hotmail.com)
Happy Birthday

Oct 8, 1997
Jim Pippitt
Happy Birthday John! You have changed all of our lives!!!

Oct 8, 1997
Tiffany
Thank you, John, for changing all of us for the better.

Oct 8, 1997
SANDRA POUNDS (SPOUNDS@HST.AFRES.MIL)
DEAREST JOHN AND SEAN HAPPY 57TH BIRTHDAY JOHN AND 22ND SEAN. HOPE IT'S A HAPPY ONE FOR YOU SEAN AND REMEMBER THAT DAD IS ALWAYS WATCHING OVER BOTH YOU AND YOUR MOM. LOTS OF LOVE SANDRA AND SEAN (MY OWN SON)

Oct 8, 1997
Daisy Dukes
Johnny, Happy Birthday! Wow, 57 years old! It's great to be able to celebrate your birthday. You are one of the most important figures in my life. I wish I could give you the present we all know you want, but right now we can only work on it. Thanks for everything you did for us, thanks for your music and above all happy birthday and many more! Your a legend!!!

Oct 8, 1997
Susan (Felixpost@Rocketmail.com)
Happy Birthday beloved John! " Now I know what's coming down - I can feel where it's coming from - And I know it's getting better (all the time) - As we share in each other's minds - Today I love you more than yesterday - Right now I love you more right now - No more crying . . ." ("I Know (I Know)") Your great gift was in sharing your mind with others. Your thoughts, feelings, passions, frustrations. In other words, you showed you were just like the rest of us, and that's what made you special. It's still hard to not play that game - the one where we fantasise about what you'd be doing now if you were still with us (this doesn't include wondering about Beatle reunions). Even though you're not physically present your influence lives on in countless and diverse ways, and will continue to do so as long as life itself. ("Wherever you are, you are here")

Oct 8, 1997
Anonymous
Happy Birthday John. You certainly are the 'toppermost of the poppermost.' You touched a world that was in need of hope and peace. You still touch us through your words and music. You will never be forgotten John. As long as music plays and peace rallies gather, you will be remembered. Thanks for the good times John!

Oct 8, 1997
Clyde H. Hedgcoth, Jr. (chedgcot@mail.mac.cc.mo.us)
John, wherever there is life, there is you...whenever there are flowers, there is you...whenever there is goodness...there is you. Within your music, there is you... May you enjoy your birthday, and we all wish that we could say, to you, on your special day... ...there are you.

Oct 8, 1997
David (murrill@ram.co.uk)
"..I'm glad it's your birthday. Happy Birthday to You!" Hello to all the people in Strawberry Fields.

Oct 8, 1997
Tomas Klimek (lennon@givepeaceachance.com)
Imagine.

Oct 8, 1997
Thomas Ericsson (eva.thuresson@swipnet.se)
Happy birthday John and Sean. Nothing's gonna change our world.

Oct 8, 1997
Ian (IJohn56768@aol.com)
Happy birthday mate! You will always be my hero, even though I'm probably one of your newest 'fans'...rest in peace mate, wherever you are...I'm trying to imagine there's no heaven, but I know that if there is, that's where you are right now!

Oct 8, 1997
Jessica Wood
Happy Birthday Johnny!!!!!!!! You don't realize how much you've meant to all of us. WITH LOVE

Oct 8, 1997
Mikko Kangasj”rvi (mike@sci.fi)
Hello John It's time again to celebrate your birthday. I've been a Beatles fan since 1988, I was 16 years old then. I've spent today listening to your records and thinking about the times I never was able to live but I can now live those times through you and your music. Happy birthday and may your dreams be peaceful !!! Mike

Oct 8, 1997
Kelli Holderbach (kholderb@u.washington.edu)
Happy Birthday my sweet Johnny. You've touched me and many others through your life and music. I'll always love you. Rest in peace and I'll see you soon. Love, Kelli

Oct 8, 1997
Danielle S. Kovalick (HollyHolly@juno.com)
Oh my gosh, I don't even know where to begin. John, you mean so much to me. Your music, your art, everything about you is pure geniusness. I know that you never meant any harm whatsoever to anyone (even in your early days (: ), and your sense of humor is fantastic. Though I was never on the earth while you were alive (I was born in 1983), I think of you as one heck of a guy, someone I can talk to and work things out in my dreams (yes, my dreams). John, I don't think you'll ever know what a massive impact you have made on my life. I love you and will for eternity. Thank you, John Winston Ono Lennon. Peace, Love, and John Lennon Forever, Love, Danielle

Oct 8, 1997
Boone T. Seal (jwl100940120880@rmci.net)
John, You have been my inspiration for so many things. You are my hero and my friend. I know, I was just less than a year old when your great life came to an end. But I feel like I have known you, as though, you were always there. Thank you, for making my life a better place. I will always love you.

Oct 8, 1997
paitoon (paitoon@hotmail.com)
If I had only one wish.. I wish you were here..

Oct 8, 1997
Maren Angie Stevens (Sylvir) (SylvirBeatles@rocketmail.com)
What can I say? Happy Birthday!! :-)

Oct 8, 1997
Katie (ILoveJohnLennon@hotmail.com)
Hey, hey, Johnny!!! Happy birthday!! You mean so much to me, I wish you could celebrate your birthday down here with us. You're the greatest, and you always will be. I'm getting your self-portrait tattooed on my hip next summer in England. Just thought you'd like to know that! heehee! ;) Lots and lots and LOTS of love!!! ///o-o\ ~*~Katie~*~

Oct 8, 1997
Dana K. (dlk98@aol.com)
"....Love is knowing we can be Love is free free is love Love is living living love Love is needing to be loved.." You will always live on in our hearts. WE LOVE YOU JOHN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "Love is real......"

Oct 8, 1997
anonymous
Thank you, John, for everything you've been courageous enough to do. I respect you greatly and your music is the best I've ever heard in my entire life. We all miss you and I would have loved to have lived in your lifetime and directly experienced your influence. Happy birthday, John, wherever you are (and happy birthday, Sean)!!!!!

Oct 8, 1997
Alesia (Abkgrl@aol.com)
Happy Birthday John!!!!! I couldn't let this day go without wishing you a good day. The legacy that you have left behind has inspired me in my everyday life. I hope it continues to do so for many, many years to come. Hopefully, some day many of the dreams you wrote about in your songs will come to fruition. We can always dream... Alesia

Oct 8, 1997
Adam (Gibson1958@aol.com)
Well....What can I say other than Its Johnnys Birthday. I will say that even though I didn't live thoughout his life (I was born in 1982) I still love him as a Brother and as the best Singer/Songwriter there ever was and there ever will be. Happy Birthday John, Adam

Oct 8, 1997
Sara (UshieW@aol.com)
Thank you John for everything that you have done for me. You have inspired me greatly through your music and your writings. I don't know where I would be if you were never born. Your one of the greatest people that has ever lived, in my book. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!...I love you, Sara

Oct 8, 1997
Melanie (CrySun@aol.com)
You lit the candles of inspiration for all. Even though I did not exist during your short life I still feel your impact in my life. Thank you for all you did and will continue to do forever. I send all my love, Melanie C.

Oct 8, 1997
Stephanie Hoerner (hoernese@miavx1.muohio.edu)
Dear John - Happy birthday. Thank you for creating wonderful, beautiful music to be treasured. Your message of peace and hope is remembered, and my generation is carrying on. We will not forget. Thank you for showing the world the strength and beauty found in being yourself and following your heart. You are an inspiration to my generation, searching for our identities. You've shown me that my own strength lies within, not in what others think of me. Peace and love, Stephanie

Oct 8, 1997
Sarah Baxter (SocPupet1@aol.com)
I wish you the happiest of birthdays. I miss you more and more everyday. I feel a tremendous loss in my heart, and we never lived within the same life time. Happy Birthday, John

Oct 8, 1997
Emily (yellowsub4@aol.com)
Dear John, Happy Birthday, Baby. Even though you will probably never see this, i feel honored to even be able to write to you. My heart aches when I think of you, I cherish greatly the seven days I spent on Earth with you."But of all these friends and lovers there is no one compares with you..."Happy Birthday.

Oct 8, 1997
Lissette Ortiz (crazychica) (rnz@nr.infi.net)
Dear John~ Happy Birthday to one of the greatest men who ever lived!!! Thank you for all that you did in your short and wonderful life! I hope to see you someday in that paradise in the sky~~ Rock hard... Shine on... peace and love always... //o-o\ //--\

Oct 8, 1997
Starr (blsoan@wyoming.com)
Happy Birthday to John Lennon. Who would have thought 17 years after his death, John Lennon would still have such a strong effect amongst us still here. His life and music have touched a whole new generation of kids and adults alike. His life has lit the path for all of us who thought we had no one to look after. I think that John Lennon is smiling down on all of us here, and knowing he accomplished a major feat: bringing the world a little bit closer together. So as I say these final remarks, know that I am not only sending it to John Lennon but to the entire world: I LOVE YOU.

Oct 8, 1997
James Donnelly (DJonne8435@aol.com)
Happy Birthday Dr. Winston O'Boogie. We all love you and wish you were here.

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