Bagism: Library

Cease & Desist -- Dear Yoko (page 7)


From Nov 29, 1996 to Mar 28, 1997, visitors to Bagism had the opportunity to write a letter to Yoko Ono asking that she reconsider the decision by her laywers to shut down my former John Lennon site. The first three pages of these letters were mailed to Yoko Ono but I never received a reply.

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(please note that new letters are no longer being accepted)

Jan 8, 1997
Robert Alan Silverstein (pforpeace@aol.com) from Hightstown, NJ USA
Comments: Hi Yoko, This wonderful site is helping to preserve and rekindle our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for some of the wonderful things that you and John Lennon believed in. A global awakening is happening right now in which people are beginning to believe that peace on earth is possible. As the peace on earth movement grows the wonderful songs that you and John created will reach a whole new generation with a message of peace, love and unity. April 6, 1997 is the 1000 day countdown to the year 2000. On that date we will have 1000 days to work together to transform ourselves and our world into the world we want there to be. We're dreamers, but we're not the only ones. People all around the world believe that the Year 2000 could be a NEW BEGINNING of peace and hope for us all. The MESSAGE of WORLD PEACE 2000 is growing... When you hear IMAGINE played on radio stations throughout the world at NOON on April 6, 1997, you will know that John Lennon's spirit is still alive in us all. Perhaps someday you'll join us... and the world will live as one... Robert Alan Silverstein The People For Peace Project www.people4peace.com www.kids4peace.com www.worldpeace2000.com www.angels4peace.com


Jan 8, 1997
Beth Schafluetzel-Iles (electraflux@popstar.com) from Chattanooga, TN 37415 USA
Comments: ***WOMAN IS THE NIGGER OF THE WORLD*** I remember these words falling past your lips. Funny, somehow i think you have forgotten, or was that all they where, both then and now, MERELY WORDS ~peace~ Electra


Jan 8, 1997
Jennifer Denise Giegoldt from Azle,Texas U.S.A.
Comments: Dear Yoko, My name is Jennifer Giegoldt. I was born in 1982. One of my favorite movies when I was young was Yellow Submarine. For a long time I didn't realize they were actualy a singing group. When I did my dad introduced me to the rest of thier music and other movies. I wanted to write them and tell them how much I loved thier music and would love to know them. Then I learned that two years before I was born John had been killed. Instead of writing him and hoping for an informing reply I decided to research anything I could about him. The internet is a great place to learn and the website you and your lawyers took off of the internet could have given me more information about your husband, who I believe to be a great singer, song writer, performer and who seems from the press and books to be a good father and person. The thing that he seems to have worked for all of his life was peace and the spread of peace. If more young people like me came accross the page and found it interesting his work to spread peace would go on and on until the website gradualy disappeared. Please, for my sake and others like me, let us learn! Love an almost 15 year old fan, Jennifer P.S. If not for the fans do it for other budding small town artists (like me and my friends) who are looking for people to look up to.


Jan 8, 1997
Jeannie from Fort Worth, Texas USA
Comments: I'm 44 and I grew up with the Beatles. I love John. Don't close down this site!


Jan 8, 1997
Lisa Munns (Snnum@AOl.com) from Coral Springs,FL,U.S.A.
Comments: Dear Yoko Ono, I wasn't alive when your husbands work was at it's prime. In fact, I wasn't alive at any time that he was. Still, he has very much affected the way I view life. Sam's site was so wonderful because of all the ways it brought people together. John's message was peace and to "come together". That's what he always sang so don't you think that's what he would want? Please, consider all the joy he has brought into the world. This page shows young people like me exactly how he was and what he thought. You can spread his message by simply letting us have what we used to. Thank you for listening, Lisa Munns 15


Jan 9, 1997
Helen Gojanovich (rosemary@ois.net.au) from Perth Western Australia
Comments: Dear Yoko Ono I was only 3 1/2 years old when John was murdered, but all my life I have loved the Beatles. My mum used to play their songs when I was young and now I am the one who plays their songs. Growing up your husband was my favorite and I wish I had been born sooner to hear him play live. John had the right idea "Give Peace a Chance" so I ask you to reconsider the decision to shut the site and give a younger generation a chance to learn from the wisdom of John. I want to thank you for listening Helen


Jan 9, 1997
Kat the Omnipotent (ksidhom@stoneridge.org) from Earth
Comments: I've never seen the site. I just think you're really weird. I mean, you can't even sing and your poetry sounds like it came out of one of those lame coffeehouses. You probably don't even have the Internet and never even saw the web site. I'll bet it was really good, too. I hope your finger gets stuck in a blender. (yes, I'm the one who wrote the character for In Our Own Right) Unsincerely, Kat the Omnipotent Much Better Than You Thank You Very Much Don't Make Me Get Sarcastic Would You Like Fries With That?


Jan 9, 1997
Naomi Hampton-Stover (h-s@intellinet.com) from Arkansas, USA
Comments: Yoko, Sorry about that! I accidently pushed submit. Anyway, I'm 13 years old and love John and the Beatles. I got Anthology Three for Christmas and I LOVE it! The John Lennon homepage wasn't doing anything to hurt anyone, and I think it was a great way for people to learn more about the Beatles and John, especially for the people who weren't lucky enough to be part of their generation. Anyway, I hope you will read these letters and reconsider your decision.


Jan 9, 1997
Jocelyn (beachgil@hotmail.com)
Comments: Dear Yoko, I love everything about JOHN. I'm 12 and love to find things on him so I can know everything about The Beatles and the other groups he had since I am not that generation. When I leafed through an internet book I had, I saw this site and got excited. When I found out it was gone, I got pretty depressed. Please let this site come back! Yours Truly, Jocelyn


Jan 9, 1997
Steve Cohen (stevejc@pobox.com) from Williamsville
Comments: Dear Yoko, Please allow John's fans to honor him in their own way. I'm sure both of you understand what his memory means to us, and what your lawyer$ truly want a$ well.


Jan 9, 1997
L.A.N. (whywar@aol.com) from philadelphia, pa usa
Comments: the net is the future and there is so much crap out there. we must continue to fill our mind with good and peaceful thoughts and images. an official john lennon web site sure would do the trick but until that time a homegrown version would suffice. what does it say when a band like dave matthews (though good in his own right) has 38 web sites, as well as, an official DMB site and john lennon (a man who has touched so many lives) only has 2 and a few newsgroups. please allow bagism.com to create a web site that would do john lennon's memory justice. for us out here who still do care about peace and communal harmony. peace be with you.


Jan 10, 1997
Sarah (jude65@hotmail.com) from Australia
Comments: Yoko, can I ask, is all this just a waist of time? We are here wanting John's spirit alive, because that's just about all we can ever get of him. Maybe this is hurting you, but we don't know. All we want is John's spirit to stay alive. No matter what we say, will it make a difference? All we can do is hope. I wish you all the best.......Lots of Love, Sarah


Jan 10, 1997
rjgrj (rjgrj@aol.com)
Comments: Dear Yoko, I am a huge fan of John Lennon. I never had a chance to know him like you, Paul,George and Ringo did. These web pages on Mr. Lennon's seems to be the only way i could get to know what he was like. I and many other people would like to see this page come back on the net........please let me and other people get to know John. Thank you for your time


Jan 10, 1997
Grace Hughes-Manor (c664980@showme.missouri.edu) from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA
Comments: Dear Ms. Ono- Hello, my name is Grace. I'm writing to you hoping that you will hear my plea and the pleas of others regarding "Sam Choukri's John Lennon Web Page." I know you are a highly intelligent, innovative and involved person, dedicated to upholding your late husband's good name and works. Knowing this about you, I hope you have it in you to allow Sam's page to reappear as it was before lawyers shut it down. I have been a fan of your husband and the Beatles for as long as I can remember. John's music and writing has changed my life in many ways, all for the better. He had a power in him that is unmatched musically, politically, and spiritually. Because I am, as a fan, so devoted to John and his music, I want other people to learn and know what a great man your late husband was. Sam's page was vital in helping me learn a lot about your husband and I know that he opened many other people's eyes up to the written and artistic works of your husband. Please, hear our plea to re-establish Sam's page on the internet so that more people may have the wonderful experience of getting to know about John Lennon. His page was a thorough and visually stimulating account of John's life and works and a valuable asset to anyone who wanted to know about him. Thank you for taking the time to read this, Ms. Ono, and please consider letting the world continue to learn about John through Sam's extraordinary web page.


Jan 10, 1997
Becca Lando (lando@q-net.net) from sarasota, fl, usa
Comments: Dear Mrs Lennon, Having been born 3 years after his death I never really got to experience the magic that was John Lennon. However, this has not stopped him from being my main inspiration in everything I do, from music (I play guitar and write songs) to education (I'm respected at my school for my artwork and literature). I know more about the Beatles and John than any of my friends, which is something I am proud of, yet I am still so niave I don't even know what Bagism is. I know that you were a relentless peace and love protester, and I think that this might interest you in the Internet. You wouldn't believe how many sites there are devoted to peace and love on the Web, and how many of those sites at least mention John's name. The John Lennon Page was one of these sites, and certainly one of the most beautiful. Why let something that was so beautiful and full of peace and love go to waste? Please, check out the site for yourself, you will see that what I say is true. There are places I'll remember all my life, please don't make this web site one that I will only know from memory. Please. Thank you. Love&Peace, Becca Lando


Jan 10, 1997
Brian Roberts (s397971@gettysburg.edu) from Rutland, Vt. U.S.A.
Comments: Dear Yoko, Since I have been connected to the internet, I have enjoyed Sam's page which honored your late husband. He was truely a great man, and I learned much about his life and his music through Sam's page. It was the perfect way to honor your husband, and the page was open for all of his fans to remember and honor John. Sam is very talented at creating Web sites, and he did an excellent job of creating a memorial. I have become a bigger fan of your late husband as a solo artist thanks to Sam, and I feel that it was unfair for his page to have been shut down. From what I have come understand about John (I was only two years old when he was killed), he was a man who wanted nothing but peace and understanding in the world, I am sure that he would not have wanted the actions that were taken against Sam's page to have occured, this is based upon what I understood him to be all about, I could be wrong, but I doubt it. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, your husband was a great musician, and he changed the face of music for the better. I will ask you one last time to allow Sam to have his page back, it was the perfect tribute to a legend. Yours Truely, Brian J. Roberts


Jan 10, 1997
Michael Khmelnitsky from Vancouver BC, Canada
Comments: All the web sites, recordings, books, etc. are something symbolic. You want to take even THAT from the people.


Jan 10, 1997
Robert Durham (paradox1@evansville.net) from evansville In USA
Comments: Dear Yoko hello. I reside here in evansville in. My friend kevin is writing most of this. He Looks just like john. and can impersonate him perfectally. He used to wear Anti-war Fatigues and The Granny glasses. The hair is even perfect as is the accent.. "we are Americans" well . maybe ILL be writing this. We have many of the old records and singles .. originals .. We dont worship john though but we respect him and what he believed. Just thought you would like to know what you already hear every day, John Lives on Robert & Kevin


Jan 10, 1997
Michael Khmelnitsky from Strawberry Fields
Comments: John, with the Beatles, or without them, aside from being a very good singer, was a living GOD-creature. Yes, I won`t afraid to say that. People didn`t see, (or hear) GOD, or any other proof of his existence, but they`ve seen (and certainly heard) John, who`s songs were like a cup of cool water, served to a man walking in a desert. It just cleans your mind...his songs, from the society problems, from the world problems..., but not cleans until the end; The problems remain, but now you have a new idea (maybe even a solution, who knows?). To people like my father, or my mother, who growed, and were living for a very long time in Russia, John, his appearances, the bands in which he performed, were like a small window to a fantasy, a tiny escape from the harsh, smashing reality. The people here are trying to preserve that fantasy...these symbolics...That`s not hard to do; Just "say the word"... The problem won`t be solved, if you will say "Fugite, partes adversae!", and destroy it. We are civilized people, and we CAN think twice. We DO Cogito ergo sum! ...After all, there ARE "no posessions", and this is a "brotherhood of man"...so maybe, maybe there is another possibility... Michael Khmelnitsky, with Miguelo Fernandez DeLamanche The 5th, and Mig-81 @ Vancouver BC, Canada


Jan 10, 1997
Michael Khmelnitsky from Vancouver BC, Canada
Comments: Dear Yoko! All the web sites, recordings, books, etc. are something symbolic. You want to take even THAT from the people.


Jan 10, 1997
Jess (silverpeace@hotmail.com) from NY
Comments: Dear Yoko~PLEASE LISTEN TO THESE PEOPLE!!!!!


Jan 11, 1997
Tony from Minnesota
Comments: Yoko, Sam Choukri created a fine Internet page that was a very special tribute to John. It got shut down over technicalities. It would be special to all of us if you'd help Sam recreate that page.


Jan 11, 1997
Frank Hardenburgh (lennon@tir.com) from Holly, Michigan USA
Comments: Dear Yoko, from all the letters I've read, it seems that the site was soothing for all of our obsessions. Please allow John Lennon to enter the information age. Maybe even you can contribute; please help fix this broken china cup. ;-)


Jan 11, 1997
Lauren (gonzalez@mecad.uta.edu)
Comments: Yoko, Hi! I just want to say that I love your and John's music. So do a lot of people. That's why I loved this page so much, it was just about John and his artwork. It has so much that other pages don't have. All I really want to say is that I wish you would let it back on. Love and peace always, Lauren


Jan 11, 1997
Jude (mcanning@texanet.net) from S.A. Texas
Comments: Dear Yoko Ono Lennon; With all do respect, you should let the John Lennon site to remain a part of this wonderful web. You're really cool, and so was (is) John. But what's the point of taking away a really awsome site? I mean it's just information. (and pictures) You should be proud of all the people who take the time out of their life to dedicate a tribute to John. I mean, I'm only fourteen, but I have some brains in this head of mine. THINK. ~Jude~


Jan 11, 1997
Julia Sanders and Margaux Giardino from Princeton NJ
Comments: Dear Mrs Lennon, We are two 8th graders who are BIG beatle and john fans. We are writing about Sam Choukri's John Lennon Web Page. Your lawyers closed it down for not using copywrites (that may not be why we don't understand legal stuff). Even though you probaly had nothing to do with this you can probably stop it. Sam has now made a new page which compared to her old one is a lot less interesting. Her old page had John drawings, rare sound clips, movies, letter's to cynthia ect and now it's a chat, a web board, and picture by fans. It seems like less of a John page now. We may not be lawyers but it's not like she was selling the stuff she was just sharing with fellow fans. Isn't that what John would have wanted? Please let her put back at least SOME of the old things. Love, Julia and Margaux


Jan 12, 1997
JEN BURGESS (jburgess@websight.ab.ca) from Calgary,Alberta,Cnanda,Eh
Comments: JOHN LENNON , IN MY OPINION IS THE MOST WONDERFUL CELEBERTY ON EARTH.HE PROMOTED PIECE AND LOVE, AND EVERY SENSE IS WORTHY OF anything. IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT HE WAS KILLED, BUT THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS REMEMBER. PLEASE HELP KEEP HIS MEMORY ALIVE BY KEEPING THIS COOL HOMEPAGE FROM THE Beatles #1 fan


Jan 12, 1997
Corey Levitan (coreytan@aol.com)
Comments: Yoko, Big fan of yours and John's. Reviewed your L.A. show last year very favorably in the Hollywood Reporter. I understand serving a cease-and-desist upon someone making money off of what is rightfully another person's. But this guy was distributing beautiful things to loving fans who could get them nowhere else. And he wasn't asking for any money. If that's not in the spirit of "Imagine," what is?


Jan 13, 1997
Kathy (seven@why.net) from Ft.Worth,Texas, USA
Comments: Dear Yoko, As you can see, there are alot of fans that adore and appreciate the art that you and your husband did, He was a beloved man, and you of all people should realise that the most. Let the beauty of this man be spread! I'm only 22 years old, I grew up listening to Let it Be and Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. And as silly as it sounds, I went to a peace rally when the gulf war was going on, and we all sat around singing Give Peace a Chance and Imagine. Kids were singing this, that knew who your husband was. You have to realize, that his spirit is strong enough to go from generation to generation, You should be proud, and want to share pictures, and memories of him, I respect that you would like to keep things personal, I understand that, but there are also somethings that you might be able to share. Thank you for your Time.


Jan 13, 1997
MELYSSA PURDUE from 5592 BARCLAY AVE,SAN DIEGO,CALIFORNIA 92120
Comments: DEAR:Yoko, I'd really like to tell you that on the internet they have this cool web site of JOHN LENNON and the code is : www.bagism.com PLEASE look into seeing it . Your late husband's BIGGEST fan Melyssa PEACE.....


Jan 13, 1997
Dean Manjuris (Schnoo@msn.com)
Comments: Dear Yoko I am writing to give you my view on the John Lennon website. John had a unique way of of describing what was going on in the world. He was able to put into words and songs what many of us were thinking but were unable to express. Much of what he had to say is still appropriate so that having the ability to see it and discuss it on the net helped us deal with the world today. I hope all is well with you and your family. Regards, Dean


Jan 13, 1997
Starr Sloan (bsloan@wyoming.com) from Rock Springs, Wyoming, USA
Comments: Dear Ms.Ono, I would like to tell you a little about the Sam Choukri John Lennon page. Out of all the browsing I did and still do I have never seen a page more put together than this one. I was in awe of the late John Lennon artwork, videos, and pictures. I downloaded numerous items. I haven't been that well educated in this area before. I really wish you would reconsider and allow it to be put back on. I am a diehard fan of yours and have no reason to dislike you. For the sake of all your fans, please look into the page before you take it off. Sincerely, Sharon "Starr" Sloan


Jan 14, 1997
Claudia Young (cloudja@earthlonk.net) from Nashville TN USA
Comments: yoko - those of us, and there are many, need to be able to search in our own way for the connection that we shared with john - we loved him and we miss him - so why would this site get shut down for any negative reason at all that would concern you? the love we all have for john allows his memory to live on - please dont take that away from us.


Jan 14, 1997
Andrew Trello (jtrello@warpnet.net)
Comments: Dear Yoko Did you ever even take time to browse through Sam's site about John? If you had you would have realized that it in no way hurt you or anyone else in the Lenono heirarchy. Your actions make me wonder that I could probably be sued for just saying Lenono. If John were still alive, copyright infringment, at least where the internet is concerned, probably would not have been major concern of his. He would have seen it for the art that it is. While you wanting to protect John's name is admirable, simple fans like me wonder, maybe we wont be able to say the name John Lennon without getting into copyright trouble. As famous as your husband was, and still is, it's only human nature that his fans would want to remember him, write about him, and talk about him. John doesn't owe us fans anything just because he is famous. However, it is inevitable that curiosity abounds regarding John because of the veil of secrecy that you, Yoko, have put over the whole issue over the years. To be blunt, if the information source wont give even a little inch, those who desire the information will go about finding it in other ways, ie. the internet and Beatle sites are an example of fans sharing information. John would have wanted us to share. You put a mural in Central Park called Strawberry Fields to remember John. We have a few web sites in order that we too can remember and celebrate John.


Jan 14, 1997
john gould from Lakewood california
Comments: John Lennon's philosophy became his own death.


Jan 14, 1997
Caitlin (Lennon569@aol.com) from New York
Comments: hello Yoko, i am very happy that i could write you a letter. I have always wanted to but i haven't got the chance. Well anyway I think your husband and YOURSELF were great musicians. I love the way John wrote his songs. you know sort of autobiotic. THey were great. Gosh i think your husband was really really great and i don't want you to think i am some stupid fifteen year old girl who is obsessed because your talking to the wrong person. I have a lot of books about John and i know practicly everything and you were an excellent couple. Also, i have had a chance to loo k at some of artwork and it is magnificent!


Jan 14, 1997
R.C. (Reemzy@hotmail.com) from Missouri, USA
Comments: Dear Yoko, I am a 14 year old female and a HUGE John Lennon fan. I have no idea of what your lawyers told you about Sam's web site or what you have seen for your self. I just know that Sam is a fellow Lennon fan who was just trying to offer info (nothing tabloidish) and really kewl sound files:o) I hope you let him use some of the old material he had on his first page. Thank you.


Jan 15, 1997
Catie Bauman (bauman@lindenhall.com)
Comments: Yoko, I grew up listening to The Beatles. John has always been my favorite. I don't think that you should close down this website. It's not that I don't like you, it's just that before you decide to close down this website you should look at it and also think about all of the people who weren't as lucky as you & didn't know him like you were able to. So please don't close it down that would make me very upset. Catie


Jan 15, 1997
Bob Cultra (rcultra@reveregroup.com) from Chicago, Ill
Comments: Dear Yoko, This is intended to be a tribute to John, not an exploitation. I can think of nothing bad that could come of this webpage.


Jan 15, 1997
J.Tiptree Jr. (tiptree@hotmail.com)
Comments: I remember how stricken i was when i heard john was shot.. I went around like a ghost many days & shed TEARS .. PPL everywhere on the globe have shed more tears than you ever were able to .. ARE YOU TAKING AWAY A SITE DEDICATED TO HIM .? That equals killing him a second time.. Yoko.. it's not exploitation... & Lawyers wanna make money.. ppl.. never forgot John , never will..& some day his dreams gonna come true.. Like HE said in a song "Did Srgnt.Pepper get you .?" I (and many others) sincerely hope that you don't know about this... Please ACT..ok..? & many regards..


Jan 15, 1997
eelco van kappen (Kappen@sprynet.com) from Scarsdale, NY
Comments: Dear Yoko, There is a well known story about you that you like to dial random telephone numbers to tell complete strangers that you love them. That's all very admirable but it doesn't mean sh*t if you treat your late husbands most faithful fans like sh*t. Why not tell us you love us and forget about all this legal palaver. Stop being such a bitch please. Coz that's what you are making these guys crawl through the mud like this. I love you, Eelco van kappen


Jan 15, 1997
Brian J. Carpenter (bcarpent@wahoo.sjsu.edu) from Scotts Valley, Calif.
Comments: Dear Yoko: As a student of music and religion and literature I can truly say that John has been a role model to me during his life and after his death. As odd as it may sound, I have made him a "surrogate father" of sorts, and highly respect his work in all the above areas. Please don't allow his memory to be quenched by closing down this Web page. BJC, Graduate Student in Library Science.


Jan 16, 1997
Jonathan Hohner (jhohner@cyg.net) from Mithchell, Ontario, Canada
Comments: Hi Yoko, I really enjoy John Lennon's music, and all I have to say is please let the original Sam Chouriki homepage back. I believe it helps people relize what Jonh Lennon stood for. I makes people appreciate Jonh Lennon as person, and his music. Thank you for your time. By the way, I saw you on Mad About You t.v. episode. It was well done. Jonathan Hohner


Jan 16, 1997
Catherine from Madison In.
Comments: Dear Yoko, The world today is growing more violent,we need more John (peace)Lennon!So why don't you MRS. LENNON GIVE PEACE A CHANCE?


Jan 16, 1997
J.L. Gade
Comments: John was a talented musician. The internet is a wonderful place to express your freedom of speach, and now people are trying to take it away. Although John was not from the U.S. he definitly expressed himself musically and vocally. We his fans need this place to remember him and express ourselves also.


Jan 16, 1997
Sean McCoy (beatle@usa.net) from Leawood, KS, USA
Comments: Sam Choukri's John Lennon web site helped bring the world of John Lennon to everyone. There is no doubt in my mind that John would not approve of these materialistic, greedy lawyers shutting down the site because of any copyright laws. "...Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can...".


Jan 17, 1997
James Clark (fish7@mail.idt.net) from San Gabriel, CA, USA
Comments: Dear Yoko Ono, Having never visited the web site in question, only hearing from my enthusastic friends, I'm sure I can not give an unbiast oppinion. However, the very idea of suppressing another's ideas because they happen to coincide with that of your late husband's seems quite ludicrous to me. Just because you have the ability to sue the shit off of him, does not mean that you should. Sincerely, James Clark


Jan 17, 1997
Ucchan (ukyou@deltanet.com) from Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, [Back in the] USSR
Comments: Dear Yoko, YOU RULE! I WORSHIP YOU! PLEASE GRANT MERCY ON ME, O OMNIPOTENT ONE! THOU ART BUT WORSHIPPED! But you should see that some site reflecting an ever-changing world and it's belief of peace and freedom based upon your husband is in no way to do you any harm. We all know what your laywer$ really $ee in this $ite. They're exploiting it and you. Faithful head of the Yoko Ono Fan Club, USSR Branch, Ucchan P.S. ALL HAIL THE OMNIPOTENT YOKO!


Jan 17, 1997
Tiffaney Cathey from Rock Springs Wyoming America
Comments: Have you forgotten all that John taught you? Do you honestly think that he would have wanted you to keep this wonderful website from us. I DONT THINK SO! Get your act together.


Jan 17, 1997
Tom Livings (t.j.livings@uclan.ac.uk) from Preston, ENGLAND
Comments: "Imagine all the peolple sharing all the world" Please let us share these memories.


Jan 17, 1997
Jessica (jrobson@stclairc.on.ca) from Chatham, Ontario, CANADA
Comments: Dear Yoko Ono, I can understand that your pain in losing your husband is still very real. I know that many people who use the John Lennon Web Site still hurt over his death. Sam Choukri's Web Site is a way to let John Lennon's memory live on. Collectively, people all around the world gather at this Web Site to talk about John Lennon and appreciate him for the wonderful person he is. This opportunity is not possible when people intervene and demand to "cease or desist". This web-site is non-profit and Sam has done a wonderful job. As a result, I have met many people all around the world who share the same admiration for John Lennon. Please don't take away our friendships or our memories.


Jan 17, 1997
Daniel Sullivan (dansully@ccs.neu.edu) from Cranston, RI, USA
Comments: Oh Yoko, I was only 2 when the suto-god John was shot. I love his music and will miss him. Without your consent this site might be closed down. It is a wonderful forum for great fans such as I to remember him. We all love him but not as much as you, and we understand this but we would like to be able to keep using this site as it is intended. You may think that it is not a worthwile tribute but nothing is. I hope that you have gotten over his death. And tell Sean he is one lucky boy because he took John away from his music for a few year. "I'm never, ever ever ever ever gonna let you go Oh, Yoko!!"


Jan 17, 1997
scott (fishnetr@msn.com) from earth
Comments: freedom of speech is what the web's all about,so come on yoko! we are all water on the net ya know :-)


Jan 17, 1997
Rick Sabella (duckfish@abci.net) from Pennsylvania
Comments: Dear Yoko Ono-Lennon, Was it not your husband who taught us of peace,spiritual freedom, and a brotherhood of man? Was he not the outspoken one of the Beatles? In a way, Bagism is a way to live up to John, to try to be more outspoken ( as on the webboard-webchat), and to Come Together under this site, as Lennon fans.To forget all of our differences, and relate to one person, who both on his own and with a band, made this world regain hope and motivate the peace notions. Notions of which live on after his death, to the new generation, my generation. Yes Mrs. Lennon, this site is just trying to live up to his ideal World; Peace. Respectfully, Richard L. Sabella


Jan 17, 1997
Jennifer Kellett from Westwood,N.J,USA
Comments: Dear Yoko, I remember once you said something like(to show John you love him do what he did be like he was.Always wanting peace.) Once I started to like the Beatles I got very attched to John and his life.I love John but I know my love for him can never mount to yours.So let us learn about him,his life and his music.He was a great man and geinus with many,many talents. From,7th grader Jennifer Kellett P.S. At school my nickname and what my friends would call me is John.


Jan 18, 1997
Collins Crapo (roxtar@srv.net) from Idaho Falls, ID, USA
Comments: I've been a fan of the Beatles ever since I was 10 years old. Now, as I approach age 21, I have everything by the Beatles (when they were together) that's ever been released; I also have a CD of John's 19 greatest solo hits. I too hope that someday "the world will be as one," that no one will ever again suffer the fate that he did. I certainly believe that this website will bring his fans together to move toward that end. Peace!


Jan 19, 1997
Clint D. Large (clarge@man.net) from Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Comments: Come Together... Dear Yoko, I Love You (& John)... All You Need is Love... Clint D. Large Hobo ;-) clarge@man.net


Jan 19, 1997
Alyssa Snow (Snowhitee@aol.com) from Chatsworth, CA, USA
Comments: Dear Yoko Ono, Hi. I am Alyssa Snow. I'm 9 years old. I just saw a tape about you and John Lennon called "Imagine" and I really enjoyed it. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be a Beatle or to be married to a Beatle. I'm doing a biography at my school on your husband and it's turning out great. It's a timeline of his life. I loved being able to look on my computer to learn more about John. He was my favorite Beatle, and I believe in peace. Alyssa Snow


Jan 20, 1997
Nyleaptha Jo Mankins (Jodi) (Nyleapth@aol.com) from Las Vegas, NV, USA
Comments: Yoko, any place that people gather to talk to about John and his music cannot be bad. I've never visited this site before, but I can't believe that you of all people would be against free expression, especially about John. Thanks for listening. Jodi


Jan 20, 1997
M Fagin
Comments: I love you. The suits love money. Remember...


Jan 20, 1997
James Broadbent from Halifax England
Comments: John Lennon i believe would love to see people still honouring and treasuring his name, music and life.I feel that closing down a site using lawyers is something to which John would frown apon as he was a man who greatly believed in free speach and was discusted at the way burocratic 'fatcats' overpower people of the workingclass with money. that is all i have to say but youll never read this anyway


Jan 20, 1997
Melissa (AWoehr@juno.com) from New York
Comments: Dear Yoko, I have never met you, but I feel so close to you because we share a deep love of John, and we both dream that one day, there will be peace on earth. I believe that John had the answer, and it is by loving him and studying him that others may continue to work for world peace. Please, do not hide John's memory from us. We need him. I was not yet born during his life, and I often wish I was. He means so much to me, I want to know as much as I can about him. His music and his life touch me deeply. You shared this life with him, please, share it with us. Peace & Love, Melissa


Jan 20, 1997
Kris Lambert (lamberts@compuserve.com) from UK
Comments: Hello Yoko I loved Johns Music a lot and a lot of what he was saying was completly against the system. The Lennon page that is was running was in very good spirit. I don't think John would have given a toss about a few photos of him. "It's not some great disaster it's just a rock group which split up you can always reminise over the old records" and this is really just an extension of this idea. Thanks for hearing me out. The best of luck. Kris Lambert Uk


Jan 21, 1997
girlwithglassses
Comments: Please Yoko let some page stay, your family is just too cool. I think your son is really cute. Can I convert him to Christianity and then marry him, please?


Jan 21, 1997
Julie Sterling (RiverJules@aol.com) from Mississippi
Comments: Yoko, Please continue to share John's spirit and essence with us. For some this may be the only way for them to touch him. And this world needs more people touching, even if it's memories, there's a connection made.


Jan 22, 1997
martha (martha@en.com)
Comments: I just discovered this website and was shocked and saddened to read that Sam's previous website was closed down. I did not have the privilege to view that site but cannot IMAGINE why anything that keeps John's spirit alive in our hearts would need to be taken away. We need John in our troubled world more than ever. Please Yoko, GIVE THIS A CHANCE!!!!!


Jan 22, 1997
Allison Alcorn (eaa3441@umoncton.ca) from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Comments: Please bring back the site. By the way, I LOVE Jonh Lennon.


Jan 22, 1997
Jeff Carman (Larsand@eosc.osshe.edu) from La Grande, Oregon
Comments: Dear Yoko Ono, Closing down a internet site devoted to the life & times of somebody that everybody loves, including yourself & his sons, only denys the rest of us who loved him with you, the chance to know him like you were able to. The internet site you & your lawyers want to close included samples of his private demo tapes including the one the Beatles used for the anthology sessions. My first thought after hearing the Beatles put it out was mixed due to the fact it was difficult to hear or understand what they did to his home recording. Then I came across the internet site that had "Free as a Bird" and many others on it to preview gave me new insight into maybe what Mr. Lennon kind of had in mind when he was creating his music. Demos ranging from the late sixtys almost until the very tragic ending. I don't know how you feel about the whole situation or what exactly your thoughts or plans about it are, but all I can ask you is to, please help others like me who wish to know more about him, through his home demos, artwork, anything you feel would help us all understand better. There are too many negative views out on the market today of what Mr. Lennon was trying to do & achieve in his short but eventful lifetime. This internet site was a positive and educational view along with other films, recordings, & books. Even the commerical in which you appeared using "Imagine" as a positive image towards his & your views on certian issues. Please, don't deny others like me a chance to understand what he was like and what he was trying to do. Please reconsider closing down this internet site and maybe even consider supporting it with other materials that could help make everyone understand better what your late husband and you were trying to do. Mr. Lennon may be gone but you can still spread his message, even after all this time. People will listen if you try. Thank you for your time and I'm sorry this letter comes to you under these circumstances. Sincerely, Jeff Carman La Grande, OR


Jan 22, 1997
yvonne (Izzy@aol.com) from Annandale,Va,U.S.A
Comments: Dear Yoko, Hi! I just would like to let you know that I`ve been a fan for years. But I am not just writing about that, if the John Lennon Web page dicrased John or your name I could undrestand you wanting to shut it down. but it wasn`t and John Lennon touched and shaped many peoples lives all over the globe. The internet is the olny way to share him and his remarkable thoughts.If any thing you should want to paritipate with the page and help. John was to much of a person to keep to yourself. Good bye, Yvonne


Jan 22, 1997
Britt (gormick@postoffice.ptd.net)
Comments: Dear Yoko, We all know you loved John. And you are so lucky to have spent part of your life with him. Well all of us love him too, and we just want a little place to remember him at. i couldn't say what John would have thought of this, what I can say is what i think. Just let us have somewhere to "come together " and think about john. WITH LOVE- bRITT


Jan 23, 1997
myla (myla@ix.netcom.com) from seattle, washington usa
Comments: Dear Yoko, With all due respect, I believe it is the people, the fans, who keep your beloved John's memory alive. It is the fans who will continue to do so long after ALL OF US here today are gone from this worldly existence. I believe the Internet has the power to promote and help us ALL move closer to John's vision of world peace, these letters are proof positive. Please find it in your heart to work with Sam, to bring back undoubtedly one of the finest tributes on the Internet to one of the finest men who ever lived. Peace, M.


Jan 23, 1997
John Gosney from Indianapolis
Comments: Dear Yoko: As a Lennon scholar, and huge fan, the need for loving--yet factual--information on John's life is of an absolute necessity. Certainly, Sam's site keeps John's spirit and intent alive in a much more positive way than the use of another Beatle lyric/music in a commercial (who is authorizing that, by the way?!?) While I certainly realize that it's far easier for all of us to sit out here in cyberspace and complain than it is for you to deal with being who you are (a situation that we can't possibly understand), John's life and music simply means too much too many people to have it made inobtainable. We all know how easily books like "The Lives..." can corrupt and tarnish an image--when we come across something positive (and something that John certainly would have enjoyed--i.e. the open exchange and freedom of the Web), we should promote it. Thanks, and God bless.


Jan 23, 1997
Shaunda (dstormon@sprynet.com) from Here, There, and Everywhere
Comments: Dear Yoko, I know it's easier for me to write this than for you to read this, but why not pitch in eh? Sam's site is just trying to keep John's spirit alive in the best way he can. I think it's a rather nice site myself. I, mean, sure I'm only 12 but please listen. Please. You could give peace a chance, could you please give sam's page a chance? Shaunda (Dreamweaver)


Jan 23, 1997
Phillip Ellis (PEllis73@concentric.net) from Simi Valley, Ca. USA
Comments: Hi Yoko, It seam every time anybody decides to show there appriciation for somebodys work, be it good or bad the people who have the right to his or hers rights say that this is not ok. I have been a fan of Mr. Lennon for 30 some years .I was introduced to The Beatles by my cousin, and ever sence I have been following his music good or bad. Please allow us to continue to enjoy his life the best way we can by everybody elses memories. Thank You


Jan 24, 1997
anon from anon
Comments: Dearest Mrs Ono, I was born after John died and I have just recently heard his music, I must admit it is brilliant. I also saw Sam's page before it was taken off the web and I know how you feel, actually I don't but I have an idea. You have been in the spotlight ever since he died, people have hated you for marrying him and suddenly when he is dead the whole nation turns to you for consolation.That is unfair, to you and to John, plus Sean. I'm not saying that you should reopen the Sam Chourki page as personally I don't care. I just feel sorry that yours and Sean's privacy has been ripped apart, I think that when John died and they were always hounding you, the media somehow forgot all about you trying to raise a five year old child on your own, plus supporting yourself, taking care of John's estate and griefing yourself. That was unfair, I think, of everyone to do that. At first I never used to like you, but then I realized I did not know anything about you, so I found out and though I don't agree with some of the things you and John did which is none of my business in the first place and my opinion does not matter to you anyway, I have to say that yours and John's love comes along once in a lifetime and that is very special and rare. John and you shared a lot in those twelve years of marriage and I applaud you for getting through the years following his death with a sensible head on your shoulders and with some dignity. Most people say you manipulated John, that was my opinion too but unlike others I remember that we are all outsiders looking in and that we will never have the real story, as some writers such as Albert Goldman have sensationalized untrue stories about John. I don't know what I think about May Pang though, I mean she supports Goldman's book which I think should ahve LIES stamped on it before people even buy it. I don't blame you for taking away that website but people want to remember John and if they feel the need to do it this way then what harm is there in putting it back on the Web, there are million others which I have seen and none of these have been taken off. Maybe you can have control over what material goes into that website. I'm not telling you to put it back on but to look inside your heart and ask yourself not what John thinks of it, or Sean, or Cynthia, or Julian, or your lawyer whomever he may be (is it still Leon Wildes)but to what Yoko would think, and that is the main idea here, not the public, not the media but you. God bless you Yoko and I hope the hard times are over and that you can start again.


Jan 24, 1997
Julie from New Zealand
Comments: Dear Yoko, I don't love John Lennon like many of the people here say they do, in fact until fairly recently I knew very little about the man except that he was an eccentric musician who wrote enjoyable songs. However, as a direct result of Sam's website I was beginning to understand what it was about John that made these people feel so strongly about him. From the (unfortunately too brief) visits I made to this site I learned that John Lennon was a great man who had a lot to offer the world through his actions and song-lyrics. Anything that can make someone discover this can't be all that bad, can it? Also, I would just like to point out that a large percentage of the people who have commented here are very young and missed out on experiencing the phenomenon that was John Lennon - isn't it interesting (and good) that the internet is the medium that is informing these youngsters about your husband and his life. The internet is the information source of the future - don't exclude John's life and message from this. Thank you from the other side of the world, Juliexx


Jan 24, 1997
Matt (simoncab@aol.com) from Salem,OR, United States
Comments: As a former frequent visitor of Sam's page, I find it very difficult to believe that anyone can accuse his site of harming John's image. When I first came to Sam's Page, I came as a Beatles Fan who's favorite Beatle happened to be John, But after a few visits, my Image of John as a solo artist was completely changed. After visiting his album reviews site, I was inspired first, to buy the album 'Imagine'. Since then I have collected all of John's solo work (save for 'Milk & Honey, 'Menlove Avenue', and 'Live in NYC'). Sam's site was also an inspiration for me to start my own Award Winning John Lennon Site. I still visit Sam's new Page, 'Bagism' frequently, and would like to see it build up to it's former quality. Please at least consider allowing Sam to continue to use the logos, sounds, and ect. to help keep alive the memory of John Lennon.


Jan 24, 1997
Caitlin Sullivan (cathance@nbnet.nb.ca) from Cooper, Maine, United States of America
Comments: Dear Yoko, I think this is a very good web site and should not be shut down. I enjoy the Beatles and go to ANY site that even mentions the name "Beatles." This web site is a very clean web site, and a good way to remeber John. I wasn't even ALIVE when he died. I am only in the fifth grade, and I still think this is the only web site than can remember John like this... Thanx.


Jan 25, 1997
Ucchan (ukyou@deltanet.com) from Beatleville, Slackerdonia, Planet Q-113 (Just Across the universe from you earthlings.)
Comments: Yoko: I have already sent you a letter saying you were omnipotent, but now I must say something seriously. I have heard that if you do not respond to Sam Chokuri by Wednesday, Jan. 29, then he will abandon all hope of getting his old site back. My birthday being that Wednesday, I don't think I could really enjoy it knowing that on the same day, one persons hopes, dreams, and ambitions are being crushed by lawyer$ who $ee $omething "offen$ive" in thi$ $ite. As I said before, this is not justice, it is shameless exploitation of you and this page. What do you have to gain by crushing one man and a nation of fans? Sincerely, Ucchan ukyou@deltanet.com


Jan 25, 1997
Summer (gmiller@ccinet.ab.ca) from Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada
Comments: Dear Yoko, If you ever do get around to reading this letter... this is what I have to say: My favourite part of the old John Lennon page was his artwork - since I'm a student (and even I was employed) I would never have a chance to actually purchase a piece or a print or whatever to it was really nice to have a place I could go to to admire his work. JohnandYoko are the inspiration for everything I do... you have shown me love does exist. Yours Forever and Ever, Summer


Jan 25, 1997
crawfish of love (ogilvie-patrick@msn.com) from jacksonville, fl, usa
Comments: dear yoko, we've always been fan's of john lennon and his music, and have very much enjoyed sam's john lennon site. please stop the hassle your lawyers have caused to the site. it serves a great purpose for lennon fan's.


Jan 26, 1997
Blaine Leavitt (blaineleavitt@hotmail.com) from Sugar Land, TX, USA
Comments: Dear Yoko: As I'm sure you're aware, your late husband dedicated his life to bringing about peace through a number of ways, one of which was to "Imagine no possessions." The lawyers representing his estate are, in my eyes, dishonoring John's memory by refusing to allow Sam to use certain images on his web page. He does not, nor ever did, have any intention to use these images for commercial gain. By allowing Sam to use these images, you will be honoring John and his life by showing a new generation of fans how wonderful his work really was. Think about it.


Jan 26, 1997
Lesley Blakley (lesley@iglou.com) from Charlestown, Indiana USA
Comments: Dear Yoko, Pardon this greeting, but I think this is turning plain crazy! First, let me say again, that Mr. Choukri WAS NOT making a profit from his previous web site. He was just dedicating a site to John Lennon. Next, I'd like to know why it is so important NOT to use some of the artwork? This is a part of John Lennon! Are you denying people the satisfaction of learning about him because you don't want to display artwork? You, as an artist, would probably have some kind of an understanding about having your OWN original art being taken from you (this being Mr. Choukri's web page)? All I, and the other fans ask, is to way the possibilites of letting Mr. Choukri keep "Bagism", and display works of art. Lesley Blakley


Jan 26, 1997
Abbie McCracken from Idaho Falls, Idaho, US of A
Comments: Dear Yoko, John Lennon was one of the greatest men who ever lived. All Sam Chourki was trying to do was pay homage to this great man. That's what the Net is all about: bringing information about Great people to people like me. I speak for everyone in Idaho Falls when I say that it isn't right to shut down Websites, ESPESCIALLY ones about John Lennon. Please, let Sam bring it back. If this happened while John was still alive, I'm pretty sure he would have been outraged about it. Sincerely, Abbie Leah McCracken:-)


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