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John Lennon Remembered -- Page 1


December 8th, 1996 was the 16th anniversary of John's death. Judging from the large number of messages written here in remembrance, John is long from forgotten. You can no longer add your comments to this page, but you can read what others wrote.

More comments are available on page 2

Dec 6, 1996
Pearl (anna.alstermark@mbox300.swipnet.se) from Stockholm, Sweden
Comments: I don't really know how to express my feelings about what happend or how much John did,.. He filled the world with love and hope. He's music made a whole generation to go out and scream for Peace,.. And hopefully we will continue that. The way he died is terrible, horrifying and I really feel such a great sorrow thinking about that tragic day. I can't see why someone would want to take another mans life but there is nothing to do to change that now. I don't have any memories of John since I was 3 when he died but I can tell ya about when Free As A Bird was released. They were going to show the video at 6.40 am that morning. I woke up at 5,..*G* I'd been waiting for so long and this was just SO cool. So I was just lying in my bed reading a book or something waiting for it to start. And then it did,.. I had turned off hte light in my room so I was sitting in my bed like a little kid on X-mas waiting for it to start. And when it did I just felt so happy. Johns voice filled the room and it was something so unreal about it. Here he was 15 years after his death singing with the Beatles,.. They showed that video about ten times that morning. And the radiostations copied it from the TV so that they could send it,.. And I was just walking around all day humming on that catchy tune,.. It was great,... Well I feel that through his music John will live forever and I think that this is a bit of a proof for that,.. Love and Peace, Pearl


Dec 6, 1996
Lindsey (1hendeli@uvsc.edu) from Spanish Fork, Utah USA
Comments: John, I miss you. Love, Eppi


Dec 6, 1996
Choc.Walruss (jlentz@mother.esu1.k12.ne.us) from USA
Comments: There isn't much I can personally say about a man like John. I've say too many times, and it is engraved on my heart. If John is there. He knows it too. I can't believe he is gone. But he is, and isn't. I'm glad I met him.


Dec 6, 1996
quarrymen (imagine@cs.bsu.edu) from Muncie, IN, USA
Comments: John--You live on through all of us.


Dec 6, 1996
Arnie Grape (melvin@gte.net)
Comments: John Lennon:What can I say? The dream is over....


Dec 6, 1996
TDA
Comments: Well,what can you say about someone that gave so much to so many? I guess you could start with the fact John and the Beatles changed the way alot of people looked and dressed,and they changed music forever.They also showed us that it was alot fun to be a famous rock band.I loved the Beatles,and maybe John just a tiny bit more,because I liked the way his mind worked(most of the time).As Harry Nilsson once said about his first meeting with John,"He was everything you hoped he would be".I never got to meet John,I still thought of him like a distant older brother sending back postcards via records,and tv appearnces.And He was always interesting,even if you didn't agree with him.Over the last week,I've been watching the Mike Douglas show reruns on VH1,and I was sitting there watching John,happy and alive again,And I quitely wondered why ANYONE would think of John as threat,or as Chapman put it "a phoney".John Lennon was NO PHONEY!He comes across on these shows as a kind and gentle soul who really wanted to help people.Chapman is the phoney.I remember that cold rainy day 16 years ago.I don't think anything has ever hurt me as much, except for losing a family member,or close friend,as finding out that John was dead.I really believe that day changed the way I looked at the world.I was a fairly optimistic 20 year old then. But, after that day,I think I became much more cynical.If somone like John Lennon,could be killed because someone hated him,who knows what the hell can happen?I can't believe it's been 16 years.just think of what John could have done in 16 years.So, what can you say?WHAT A F-CKING WASTE!John just shouldn't be dead.Maybe I'm wrong.But,the world seems to be a little colder without John Lennon in it. TDA


Dec 6, 1996
beatlefan (sharona@trellis.net) from NC, USA
Comments: John, I LOVE YOU!!! You touched my heart some many times and I wish you were still around...I miss you even though we have never met...you have influenced so much and all I can say is I LOVE YOU! Peace!


Dec 6, 1996
Blackburn (lovelyrita2@hotmail.com)
Comments: Who else but john Lennon could bring such a determined group of fans together to keep his memory alive? The working class hero touched those of ALL classes, races, and denominations. Who else could have done this? And in the end, he wasn't arrogant. Just a guy from Liverpool doing what he loved..CREATING Much love. Blackburn


Dec 6, 1996
chris (cwlucas@hopper.unh.edu) from durham, NH
Comments: john - what can i say? the dream you built within us all continues...


Dec 6, 1996
Angie F. from Murray, Utah USA
Comments: I love John. John was and still is the best. I wasn't even alive when he died but I wish he were still here. He has changed my life so much and he is a true insperation to me. I have learned so much about him that I feel that I almost know him. I wish I could have met him. He stood for love and peace. I will always remember him that way.


Dec 6, 1996
Lesley 'Jude' Blakley (lesley@iglou.com) from Charlestown, Indiana USA
Comments: Well, another year has passed, and now I know who you were, are, and soon will BECOME! I guess it's not easy to say goodbye.. Goodbyes were never meant to be easy.... But now, people love what you stood for, and your ideals are now loved more than ever... I wish you were here to see it! But, were you a modest man? Well, I believe you had every RIGHT to be proud! John, LOVE YOU, MISS YOU! What is there "left to say"? Oh, I WISH THIS NEVER HAPPENED TO YOU! I wish I could travel to that one and only memorial, and place more flowers and LOVE and HAPPINESS on it than ANYONE else! Would we be more understanding of each other, if you were still here to help us, guide us? -IMAGINE Jude


Dec 6, 1996
Jude (lesley@iglou.com) from Charlestown, Indiana USA
Comments: TDA, If you don't mind me sharing, I am way younger than you, and I probably don't have the whole thing figured out, but I often ponder that same remark-"What a f---ing WASTE!!" Jude


Dec 6, 1996
Patrick J. KANE from Chicago,IL
Comments: John Lennon Was the Greatest Man that ever lived. he touched many peoples lives and is still touching peoples hearts fro i am only 14 and he has helped me understand what life is really about he will be greatly missed by all John I miss You and i love you


Dec 6, 1996
Maxwell Williams (mac64@flash.net) from San Antonio, Texas, USA
Comments: John has a great deal to do with my life. I wasnt alive when he died, but I fell like the world lost something that cold December night. A little part of everyone died that night along with John, those who who were born and those of us still unborn. I fell like a part of my life died, but in me and everyone out there, he lives on in all of us. So, in reality, he may be dead, but in spirit and the true meaning of life, he is where ever there is a person who wants to "give peace a chance". So let us remember on this December 8th, that it is not the death of a beautiful person, but new life to a pert of us all!!! much peace and love, Maxwell


Dec 6, 1996
Robert MIms (cliffhanger@independence.net) from Ridgway, CO USA
Comments: I have come to this page as an early lament to the late great John Lennon who was shot seven times by Mark Chapman 26 years ago the eighth. I'm afraid that rock n roll has been all down hill since the loss of this great rocker( the greatest rocker of all time. and I would like to pay a silent lament to the death of the rock n roll legend, John Lennon.


Dec 6, 1996
lennonlover (jana@adsnet.com) from Michigan City, Indiana
Comments: a poem... You Shine On (like the moon and the stars and the sun): You were a kiss from the sunshine itself. A short spark of light that penetrated my heart, my soul. Your bright smile that now I can only see in photographs tells me "I lived a happy life. Don't be sad. Do not cry." The eyes that only you own, the life that only you led are as precious as a star shooting across the night sky leaving a trail of light that will forever shine on and on. (We will never forget you, John) --by: Jennifer Nowak, a.k.a. lennonlover


Dec 6, 1996
Monica from California
Comments: I was two on the night of the murder. One of the worst things is that December 8 is my dad's birthday, so I have never been able to fully celebrate it. Though I don't remember that night at all, John and the Beatles have had a huge impact on me. John isn't here anymore, but his music is, and that's the most important thing. He lives in our hearts. No one was in his tree, but he was high, not low. Keep the dream alive!


Dec 6, 1996
Martha (dianese@epix.net) from PA, USA
Comments: Well, guys, some of you who know me already know what John has meant to me...but to sum it all up, John and his music have been a part of me and my life for about 30 years. I love this man(not god) who is part of me...I pray that he has found the peace in the "afterlife" that he failed to find in this life... God Bless you, John Lennon. john lennon.....born a man of peace, 9-Oct.1940, ....taken in violence, 8-Dec.1980.


Dec 6, 1996
Marian (75224.1451@compuserve.com) from Chicago
Comments: I love you and miss you, John. But I know you are there watching over your beloved wife, Yoko, and Sean and Julian. Not to mention your millions of fans. On December 8th I will not mourn your death, but celebrate your music, your life, and your legend. You've helped me thru a great deal in my own personal life just thru your beautiful lyrics, and I want to say thank you. I love you. --MRM


Dec 6, 1996
Emma
Comments: John is an inspiration to all aspiring singers and his memory will always live inside the United States and me.


Dec 6, 1996
Diane Denby (Dianby@vermontel.com) from Vermont USA
Comments: 16 years ago , On Dec. 8, I was in my college dorm room in Boston, I was a Freshman, there was a bunch of people in my room as usual smoking grass and drinking Molson and probably listening to Hendrix, or Lenord Cohen, or the Dead, we all were lost in a time zone! Was it a thursday or Friday night?, and I was on the phone with a guy friend in NYC and he said "Hold on a second" And I heard him say "Oh shit!" And he said to me that he just heard on the Radio That John Lennon was Shot. I couldn't and didn't believe what he said. No body would ever joke about that .I in turn yelled to the group I was with the news and silence took over the room. They thought I was joking and then realized I would never joke about that either. The whole dorm was depressed. People were walking the halls shaking their heads turning on TV's and Saying "I can't believe it. Tonight my son Kevin, who is six, and I went to the Village Fare a coffee/dessert /lunch spot. tonight to hear a local, Jon Savino, do a piano tribute to John Lennon .I never heard anyone play so many Lennon songs live like that. I had tears. We also had a chocolate cake, cappachino, and an orange mad river soda. His death in 1980 shocked me and the world and I don1t think it ever sunk in until tonight that the world probably dosn1t realize that we lost a brilliant man, possibly the most enlightened peace activist. Ironicly he was Murdered. This world if full of beautiful people. and the deranged meenies mess it up! And you know that the wars are started and fought by men. Let us raise our boys to be peaceful and loving and maybe the world can live as one! I made my son stay to hear the songs,although he wanter to leave at 9:00 and I tell him all the time all about the Beatles. He had a Beatles poster in his roon when the was an infant! I actually cried tonight again.... Please give peace a chance.. Spread the word Diane


Dec 6, 1996
The Egg Man (scb00623@mail.wvnet.edu)
Comments: I'm only 15. but i've been listing to the Beatles for about 4 years now and I get a strange feeling when I listen to John sing, its like he's a part of me or something. I wish I live in the 70's when he was alive. I think John Lennon was(and alway's be) the best song writer/preformer there ever was.


Dec 6, 1996
The 9th Sorcerer (616306@ican.net) from Ontario, Canada
Comments: John, this planet is falling apart. I wish more people would have listened to you...maybe then they would have got the idea. But I'm glad to report that the younger generation of today likes you! After 16 years...you are still touching people! Miss you...


Dec 6, 1996
Alberto Iglesias Darriba from Mexico City.
Comments: I really don´t know what to say about John that hasn´t been said. I am 18 years old and as many young generations I like him. John, you will continue here, between us. Miss you... Give peace a chance!


Dec 6, 1996
Stewart D. Kalvin from USA
Comments: Well, I'd like to say something really nice about him...so, here's my best shot. John was a great speaker, communicating many great things through his music. He was an unforgettable character, with lots of character, and many great talents. His spirit will live on forever, and he will never be forgotten. We luv ya, John. :-)


Dec 6, 1996
Moondog (mikelj@efn.org)
Comments: John? I hope you can somehow know how I'm saying this....Even though I was never alive while you were, you've had a great impact on my life. I miss you very, very much. "With lovers and friends, I still can recall, some are dead and some are living.....in my life, I love you more."


Dec 6, 1996
JoJo from Southern Indiana
Comments: I was 12 years old, when I first heard of the Beatles, that was back in 1963. I have been a John fan since the first time he set foot in America, I saw him get off the airplane, and I pointed to him and said "That's the one I like!!" That was the start of the whole thing for me. I was always in his defense, no matter what he did, it was always okay. The anticipation of waiting to see him on Ed Sullivan was unreal. Everything in my life at that time was John. My Mom always said that if The Beatles were a subject in school, I would have made straight A's. I'll never forget the night he was shot. I was working nightshift, listening to my favorite radio station, I was alone, everyone was on their break, I decided to work through mine, it was around 11:00 p.m., John had been shot, at that time, they didn't even know how bad, I was stunned, I went to find someone to tell, everyone was gathered around the TV in the break room, the news said he was dead. It all seemed like a bad dream, and still does. I drove home that night, I don't actually remember how I got there, the silence was cold, I got in bed and just stared in space, like I wasn't really anywhere, finally the phone rang, it was one of my best friends, we talked, and it finally hit me, he's gone, and he wouldn't come back, but he would always be alive through his music. I miss him, I'll never forget him, and when I hear his songs I always have to smile, because that's what keeps him alive. I LOVE YOU!!! LET IT ALL SHINE ON!!! JoJo


Dec 7, 1996
John Starbuck (jstarbuc@oboe.calpoly.edu) from San Luis Obispo, Ca 93405
Comments: Imagine


Dec 7, 1996
DALE BUTLER (Snullay@.Lonet.Ca) from Canada,London,Ontario
Comments: How has John Lennon touched me. That is a hard question to answer. I would have to say that he has reached me through his music and life by introducing my to my concience. Im sure I had one before I first heard him, but it was a small part of the person I feel I have become today. John was probably the most evolved human being alive. When he first came to America he said"I want to be rich and famous", and from there he coined the phrase"give peace a chance" He is a constant reminder that we must all evolve from what we are, and that money "cant buy me love" I have a tatto on my shoulder of John so he is always with me. Strawberry fields forever is one of his best songs,but by far not my personal favorites. "In my life" remains for me his major influence. This song is from the heart with no political motivation or media jive. P.S McCartney is an asshole, who's career is nothing without Lennon. He didn't write a good song without Lennon, and never will. He lacked John's heart, and talent. We know who really wrote what.


Dec 7, 1996
John Buffam (johnb@magi.com) from Canada
Comments: I feel closer to John. I just got an autograph of him signed in 1980 , and it is hung above the wall of our bed. When John was killed, it was the first time that I realized how fast your life can end. I think about John alot, and I am proud we share the same first name. I believe that he is up there somewhere watching over his family with his mom and aunt, and feeling warmth from those of us that miss him so much


Dec 7, 1996
Jacob Hulthage (hulthage@oxy.edu) from Los Angeles
Comments: John Lennon has been with me in my life since I was a little kid. His music, vision, wit, and personality has amazed and surprised me as I've gradually got to know him from reading and growing up hearing his music. It's hard to describe my feelings about John in words since they are after all feelings and sensations that fill me, not concrete objective ideas. He gives me hope, warmth, and courage. John makes me think about life. He died before I knew who he was(I was very young), but he has found a place within me, just as he has in millions of people around the world. Death was just an event in his life. He changed form, but the essence of him remains the same. Thinking about John makes me realize that a person can't be erased. There was so much within John Lennon that couldn't possibly have dissapeared during those few tragic minutes. There is a flame within every person that tragedy and death can never extinguish. The flame lives on, as John's has, and can only grow and become larger.


Dec 7, 1996
Rabs Carter
Comments: The world would be a better place if only John Lennon was alive. There would be no such thing as war and everybody would be living in peace. There are probably a million people who would want Mark Chapman's head for what he did.


Dec 7, 1996
Sir Walter Raleigh (davidtay@tpgi.com.au) from Queensland, Australia
Comments: I was 15 when John was killed. I had been a Beatlehead for years and I can still remember every detail of where I was and what was happening when the newsflash came on the TV. That moment was the end of my childhood. All of the faith and belief which I had innocently leant upon up to then was kicked away. In time the hurt has healed, but I'll always feel the sorrow of what might have been, for John, for me, for all of us. I've come to believe that the only way to come to grips with that December day is through John's own words. So many times he tried to tell us -- we have to learn to love and to forgive. 'No one's to blame, my how time flies so quickly'.


Dec 7, 1996
Dolors Llagostera
Comments: I like John's music a lot.It makes me think .Thoughts about peace and happiness.I teach English in Spain.When I teach to a teenagers I find John's songs very useful because ,with them ,they not only learn English!I use " Imagine" to talk to them about how necessary is peace in the world , and how John tried to talk about it in his songs.They really get the feeling! I recommend it to everybody. I can't forget the first time I listened to this song. It was on my first year learning English and , that time , I was a teenager too. PEACE !!!


Dec 7, 1996
Dylan J. O'Boogie (106071.2064@compuserve.com) from Germany
Comments: John I love you! I'll never forget you. The Internet's like a little piece of Nutopia: No boundaries,no passports,no land,ONLY PEOPLE... your friend: Dylan J.


Dec 7, 1996
Mar (www.Joandolme@jet.es) from Spain
Comments: John was the best. John is the best. John will be the best FOREVER.We need you John. I am 15 years old and I feel that you are the most important in my life.PAZ Y AMOR.PEACE & LOVE.


Dec 7, 1996
Dave Shorr (hshorr@wpcusrgrp.org) from Winnipeg, Canada
Comments: John Lennon was our peace mentor. And the contray to what Arnie says, THE DREAM IS NOT OVER!!


Dec 7, 1996
SimonH from SCOTLAND
Comments: WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT JOHN LENNON THAT HASN'T ALREADY BEEN SAID A MILLION TIMES BEFORE? JOHN LENNON WAS SUCH A REMARKABLE MAN, AND IS SOMEBODY I CAN LOVE AND ADMIRE. HIS WORK MADE SUCH AN IMPACT ON MY LIFE, ALONG WITH HIS BELIEFS AND VIEWS. JOHN LENNON WAS A DREAMER, BUT ALSO HE WAS A FIGHTER, AND THAT'S WHAT MADE HIM SO POWERFUL. HIS LEGACY IS ALL TOO OBVIOUS THESE DAYS, WITH SO MANY BANDS TRYING TO REACH BEATLE HEIGHTS. BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. NOBODY WILL EVER BE 'THE NEW BEATLES' OR THE 'NEW LOHN LENNON'. THEY ARE IRREPLACEABLE. AND SO IS THE MEMORY OF JOHN LENNON. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE.


Dec 7, 1996
Pepis from Mexico City
Comments: I grew up at the same time with The Beatles, i enjoyed and changed when they did. When i heard on the radio that John had died, i cried for a whole week and with my children who learned to love him, we keep his spirit alive as we sing together his poems which are his songs to us. All you need is love. LENNON FOREVER.


Dec 7, 1996
Love Me Do from Iowa, USA
Comments: John, I love you, I was only alive 5 days before you were killed, I wish you were still a live but that can't happen, But I love you and Rest in peace!!!! LOVE YOU Also, BEATLES RULE


Dec 7, 1996
Minoru Ohta (ominoru@jp.interramp.com) from Tokyo, Japan
Comments: Free as John. He changed my life with his A Hard Days Night at all when I'm 10 years old. Love to Yoko & his children.


Dec 7, 1996
Marlene (mart1058@aol.com)
Comments: John, your Dream lives on in me,and people like me that come here on this day to tell you whats in our hearts. We lost the man,the poet,the songwriter,the artist. But your work remains to teach a new generation what is really important in life and this world. No John, the dream is not over. Love and Miss you.


Dec 7, 1996
Mik (mdemeter@students.uwf.edu) from Pensacola, FL, US of A
Comments: I never met John, nor was I ever old enough to se him perform, but I've been listening to John's words for 3 years now and nothing has meant more to me. I only hope that people can continue to believe John despite how the world is today and that someday love will conquer all. John lives on in his music and the dream, my friends is just begun. My heart goes out to John's family and friends as we remember him on Dec 8. "And we all shine on..."


Dec 7, 1996
Christie (Abbey@TRIB.Infi.Net) from USA
Comments: I'm only 15 and therefore too young to have been alive at the same time John Lennon. Nonetheless, his message and his spirit lives on even through my generation.


Dec 7, 1996
Erin J. (Lovely Rita) (Jaco0313@tc.umn.edu) from Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Comments: Looking upon my blank computer, I have no idea what to say. I'm moved and my emotions are just coming out. I feel anger and sadness, for 16 years ago (can you believe it?) John was murdered. I am a young fan (20) and was only 4 when he died. I, like many of the people writing comments here, have been watching all of the VH1 shows with John in the 1970's. He wasn't perfect and had many flaw, but he was human. I would have liked to meet him once. Too bad the only way I'll ever see him is through old movies and CD's. :-( Wherever you are John, I hope you can see that so many people care and still remember you even though the world may have screwed you over many times. People DO care about love and peace even if they don't show it! The world loves you. I love you! :-) Peace and love, Erin J. (a.k.a. Lovely Rita)


Dec 7, 1996
TheSongster (straw@generation.net) from Montréal, Québec
Comments: I would like to talk to you, John, today...but your gone... I have never see you alive. I was only 3 years old when the death have take you away from our world. But I ear your voice every day. I ear your heart sound. I ear your mind sound. So, I write for you today in the same way as i would write for my best friend. I feel that I know you. Badly, it's maybe only a feeling...but if only one thing exist that i'm sure it can only be the stronger of my inconditional love for you and the stronger of my pain and my sadness when I remember that It's because of one 8 december that I would never see you alive... I'm crying on your end. I'm crying on my love. I'm crying but your still dead... I write this song for me and for you: Little girl, you follow the sun on wrong way. Do you know how you believe to stay? Do you know where? There's nowhere. How much you care... can't just say. Little girl, you laugh face the sun Do you realize that you run? that he's gone...his fame pay...Upon your head, the neons ligths his bloody death. Little girl! The nowhere man have pass away! Nowhere girl! The nowhere man is dead...Please see the rainy day..the rainy sun through the sky. Little girl! The nowhere man have pass away! Nowhere girl! Please pray...He's gone..he's follow the sun.. He's gone.. Good Night John!!! LOVE LOVE xxx Nancy alias TheSongster


Dec 7, 1996
big dog from oakdale,ct,usa
Comments: through all the hatred we can still IMAGINE the good


Dec 7, 1996
Stella
Comments: When someone says December 8th I am speechless. That makes it even harder to write this. But I love you John and even though I never knew you personally- I miss you. You mean so much too me! I will always love you and hold you in my heart.


Dec 7, 1996
Dan (a18762@hotmail.com)
Comments: I think that John Lennon was a great singer and I am sorry that he was killed. But I am at least happy that people build pages like this so that he can always be remembered in years to come.


Dec 7, 1996
Amy Collinge (Gcpeace @AOL.com) from USA
Comments: Dear John- I love you.


Dec 7, 1996
Brian Beatty (angel99@anet-stl.com) from St. Louis, MO USA
Comments: John was a profound influence on my life, his work being one of the reasons I became a musician myself. He and the work he had not yet created is sadly missed. I'm sure that he had plenty more to offer the world. December 8th should be a day of reflection, peace, and dedication to all others in the human race, not a day of mourning. This December 8th, try to remember not just the man and his arts, but what he stood for and believed in. Peace and Love. Remember this and try to apply this outlook to your everyday personal contacts and relationships. Imagine that, the world might just become a better place. Brian Beatty


Dec 7, 1996
A Dear John Lennon Fan from USA
Comments: well, I think his death is sad. I wasn't around when he was shot but I was born on the 3rd aniversary of his death.


Dec 7, 1996
Same Dear John Lennon Fan from USa
Comments: As I said before , I was born on the 3rd aniversary of John's death.In my opinion, John Lennon was one of the best musicions who has ever lived.I'm going to be 13 tomarrow on December 8. I've been a Beatles fan for a year and a half, their music has always been played around my house all of my life."Help" was my early childhood song.Out of all the Beatles John sticks out the most, and is my favorite.


Dec 7, 1996
Jean from southern indiana
Comments: When I think of John, I think of his great sarcasism. He had the best comebacks in the world at those press conferences back in the 60s. And when he was 'on' and having fun he just beamed at those cameras, such quick wit and charm with an edge. He was great! It was so devastating when we lost him, I felt like a piece of my youth had been ripped away. What a so totally unnecessary thing to have to happen!! We love you John, we miss you and we'll keep listening to the music and imagining


Dec 7, 1996
Sarah Stewart(Kite) (btgstewa@mailbox.uq.oz.au)
Comments: Today, Dec 8th for me, the 7th for the majority of you, is a day that i don't think any of us can forget. Although no matter what, John's death will always fill a space in my mind, i have to realise that the space his life, his music and his words fill is much greater. I know that the tears I cry, won't just be for me, they'll be for thousands of us, they'll be for the world who lost John, but most of all they'll be for you John, for the life you lost. But, deep in my heart I have to keep remembering that the life you had is worth so much more than these tears. Although I'll never be able to forget your death, the light of your life will always overshadow that. You gave so much, and you know what? You're still giving it.... Love always, Sarah


Dec 7, 1996
Carley J. from California, USA
Comments: Well, I wasn't alive when John was, and everything under the sun has been said about John already. John is an enourmous influence to me. It's silly, but even though he's not here anymore, I still feel as if he is. I think all of us 'second and third generation' beatle fans are extreemly close to John. Those of you who were alive when Lennon was may not understand this, but we feel that we know him personally, even tho' he isn't alive. If it weren't for John, I don't know where I'd be right now. As one beatle fan put it, "He can't be dead... he's kept me from dying so many times." There'll never be another one like you John, though we never met, I love you with all my heart.


Dec 7, 1996
Fool on the Hill from USA
Comments: John was a wonderful human being, a real human being. He spoke his heart through art and music without inhabitions. Though I wasn't even born when he was ripped from this world, I think his music will forever be a part of myself. He may not have been perfect, but he is the best songwriter ever to grace this world. In fact, if he had lived I believe John would have kept TRUE Rock and Roll alive. Maybe in the next life , John......


Dec 7, 1996
carla from USA
Comments: i miss you, John.... : (


Dec 7, 1996
Joplin (mmmm@arn.net) from Amarillo, Texas U.U.A
Comments: John-i will meet you in a Yellow Submarine next to Strawberry Fields Across the Universe........... ----I Love You---- Joplin...................****Give Peace A Chance**** ........jai guru deva om


Dec 7, 1996
Don from Ossining (spikey@bestweb.net) from Ossining, NY, USA
Comments: 16 years ago John Lennon, like millions of other in this century, was killed. HE mourned them all and, I think, would want all of us to do the same. He was also ACTIVE - trying to change a world that lets children starve and drops napalm on their mothers and homes for profit and power. If we don't pick up where he left off, what did his life really mean, after all?


Dec 7, 1996
Polythene Pam from Canada
Comments: John: I love you, you were the best!


Dec 7, 1996
Guin (75031.3672@CompuServe.com)
Comments: I would like to say that John was a great musical artist, and left an imprint in history that will never be forgotten. His Beatle works as well as his solo ones will live forever. Imagine what music would be like today if John were still alive?


Dec 7, 1996
roberto (ecson@entelchile.net) from chile
Comments: a un año mas de la desaparicion de john, en el rincon del mundo aun lloramos su partida. jamas lo olvidare.


Dec 7, 1996
Michelle from USA
Comments: John, words could never express how much your life has effected mine. I only wish I could have met you before your time on this world was up, so I could have told you how I feel...but anyhow I hope that where ever you are now you know that you will never be forgotten...and that your music is still reaching young people 16 years after the terrible tragedy that prevents you from being with us now.... Love, Michelle


Dec 7, 1996
Hippy (Amy O.) (teddy@uky.campus.mci.net) from Lexington, KY
Comments: John's music has touched my life in a very special way. John, you will never be forgotten! You will always be with us.


Dec 7, 1996
Stephanie Bloechl
Comments: John Lennon is an inspiring man and his music and actions should never be forgotten. Hey Jude, all you need is love if you're in strawberry fields forever. Love, me do.


Dec 7, 1996
Fabiano Ferrari Ribeiro (fabiano@inbrapenet.com.br) from Brazil
Comments: John foi uma pessoa que sonhou com um mundo de paz. Como ele mesmo disse, não é difícil tentar sermos melhores, para que nós possamos viver em paz. O sonho não acabou, vamos fazer o possível pra vivermos num mundo melhor, como Lennon canta: "Imagine todas as pessoas, vivendo para o hoje, nada por matar ou morrer, uma irmandade de homens, imaginem todas as pessoas vivendo a vida em paz. Você pode me chamar de sonhador, mas não sou o único." De um fã brasileiro de John Lennon para o Brasil e para o mundo.(Message in Portuguese) JOHN LENNON FOREVER. THE DREAM NOT OVER.Remember: "WE CAN LIVING LIVE IN PEACE, IT'S EASY IF YOU TRY. YOU MAY SAY I'M DREAMER, BUT I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE. I HOPE SOMEDAY YOU'LL JOIN US, AND THE WORLD WILL LIVE AS ONE" From a Brazilian John Lennon Fan, To the Brazil and all the world.


Dec 7, 1996
Terri (twright@yknet.yk.ca) from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Comments: You will forever be remembered, John. I still get tears in my eyes when I hear the song "Imagine" and I'm sure I have heard it a million times. For me that song is John, what he stood for and believed in, and what I hope will someday happen. ". . .and the world will live as one."


Dec 7, 1996
Breenia (rbg@shore.net) from Nashua, NH, USA
Comments: John, You live on through everyone and you will never be forgotton. *peace* and *love* imagine.............


Dec 7, 1996
polythene pam
Comments: No one has ever expressed so many emotions in their music. John was and is one of a kind. His music will live on forever. I love you, John!!!


Dec 7, 1996
Breenia (rbg@shore.net) from Nashua, NH, USA
Comments: *This is not here* : ^ (


Dec 7, 1996
bobbi (ladybear@snowcrest.net) from Mt.Shasta,Ca
Comments: I Was There...i grew up with the Beatles in the 60s. running to the store as soon as the new albums came out. dropping ACID when they dropped ACID,going to Gurus when they went to the Gurus. when JOHN and YOKO left the group and became 2 Virgins i was there with them...they fasted for Peace on Thanksgiving,i fasted for Peace with them.it was magik.i was in NY and so were they. On Dec.8,1980 i was at home here in California. the bulletin came on TV that monday night and i gasped in pain. my heart stopped. SHOT? JOHN? HE CAN'T BE GONE.i spent the next days travelling to NYC.my own pilgrimage,to the scene of the CRIME. to the 10 minutes of silence in Central Park that following sunday. 400,000 of us in the park,the bandstand was decorated with XMAS green in Garlands and the portrait of JOHN in his NY Tshirt. it was a gift from YOKO.that brillance of the worldwide 10minute silence.in NYC!IMAGINE IT! it was HOLY.the temperature was -10 degrees that day because of the wind chill. BUT IT WAS HOLY. the sky was cloudy and when the silence broke with huge speakers blasting IMAGINE the sun actually came thru the clouds. The day JOHN was killed was the saddest day of my life. i've never gotten over losing JOHN.i still cry when i hear songs from Double Fantasy. the best part of the experience was when YOKO in her incredible artistic wisdom, gave us all agreat gift. On Valentines Day 2 months after JOHN died,YOKO sent Barbara Walters a thank you for the fans. it was played on 20/20 that night. it was the 1st view we had of the video WOMAN. this was before VCRS, before MTV. that video was such a healing gift to us then. and how YOKO was able to put those pictures of JOHN together that soon after JOHNS death i will never know. the mark of an artist. JOHNS picture lying looking up for the IMAGINE cover turning into (many of you will not know this) JOHNS picture lying on the slab in the morgue.that picture was stolen by a photographer for the Enquirer and appeared on their cover the following week. its chilling. i was there,i'm still there,i will always be there.WITH YOU IN THE WORK, JOHN AND YOKO. Thank You for all the endless memories and love.love is all you need,thats my philosophy and i'm sticking to it :-) IMAGINE if JOHN were here now. he'd love the internet! Thanks,Sam. Great work here.


Dec 7, 1996
CS (daytripper@nether.net) from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Comments: It's kind of funny that John Lennon means so much to me. After all, I wasn't alive during his most productive periods; in fact, I was only 9 days old when he was killed. And it's only been in the last year that I've discovered what a genius he truly was. Although I wasn't on this earth to experience the music and art of John Lennon when it was fresh and new, that doesn't mean I love it any less than any other fan. In fact, I'm angry that because of one person, I and so many other young people can't see John creating magic. I'm not an eloquent person myself, but I've heard someone else put into words exactly what i feel: It's sad that a man who fought for peace was taken from us all so violently. Even though John is no longer with us physically, he will never be forgotten. To paraphrase his own words: he'll shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.


Dec 7, 1996
Josue Barrios from Santa Barbara, CA USA
Comments: John was a great man and his spirit will live forever.


Dec 7, 1996
Christie (CWalsh2000@aol.com) from USA
Comments: John taught me the most important thing I will ever know: All you need is love.


Dec 7, 1996
Aimee (Aimees30@aol.com) from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Comments: We'll always remember you John for all that you gave to the music, to the world, and for peace. I wish you didn't die, Mark David Chapman should rot in hell. I LOVE YOU JOHN! Just "IMAGINE" what the world would be like if you hadn't been born. Noe many people would live in harmony. There would be wars all over the place. I hope we all remember one saying, "All you need is LOVE!"


Dec 7, 1996
Susan Beatty (angel99@anet-stl.com) from St. Louis, Mo. USA
Comments: Peace and love. A world without hate. It becomes a song . . . We miss you, John.


Dec 7, 1996
Benzini (lpabfaul@lipa.ac.uk) from Liverpool , Merseyside , UK
Comments: Everyday I find myself walking the footpaths that John and his friends used to walk , so not a single day goes by without thinking about him . This man gave so much to the world , the effects of what he did are still being felt . And on this aniversary of that sad day , if I could have one wish it would be to go back in time and warn John of what was going to happen . Love you John , you'll always be here in Liverpool . Zini


Dec 7, 1996
Sean Stashuk (michael.stashuk@sympatico.ca) from Toronto Ontario
Comments: Although I wasn't alive when the Beatles split, I've been raised on their music. My father, the Perenial Beatles fan updated his collection of music when C.D's became standard. He replaced every album he owned with a C.D. Providing an unblemished reproducition of recordings for me to become lost in. And that is what the Beatles mean to me, their music is capable of consuming your soul, making everything else seem insignificant and unimportant. Whenever I feel my life has begun to course down a destructive path I return to the sermons of John Lennon. Finding solace in his naive vision of love. Hoping only for the possiblility of it's truth. If the world felt safe in relenquishing it's control to love, then the Beatles would be God's, and Lennon would still be alive.


Dec 7, 1996
Lisa (peacefrog@smileyface.com) from BC, Canada
Comments: When I think of John, I remember the words he sang, that made me question the world and made me smile. John gave me a hope of what could be, opened me up to new ideas, and at the same time entertained me with his humor and silliness. :) He's contribution to society was a great one, and he has taught me, and so many others the meaning of Love and Peace...and for this he will always hold a place in our hearts.


Dec 7, 1996
Michael 'tlhInganval' Bierschenk (tlhinganval@geocities.com) from Nacogdoches, TX
Comments: I wasn't around when John was, yet he's affected me. I support his views, his causes, his music, and most of all his legacy. Thank you Sam for this remembrance, and thank *you* John for giving us all a beacon in this world of hate. I never knew you, but I miss you still. -tlhInganval


Dec 7, 1996
A FAN (scb00623@mail.wvnet.edu)
Comments: The sixteenth anniversary approaches. More pointless reminiscence to bear. Perhaps someone, somewhere benefits. The rest don't really care. They'll never feel our inner sadness. Nor understand the silent tear For the Pied Piper who got too far ahead, And left his children here. We can only think of what might have been, Left in the wake of his merry dance. The good grow old gracefully, John The great don't get the chance.


Dec 7, 1996
Billie (sakhan@mail.vt.edu)
Comments: Even bullets can't touch your spirit. It is alive in all of us.


Dec 7, 1996
#1 Lennon fan from Pennsylvania
Comments: I'm only 14 years old, so I wasn't around when John was here. He is the greatest guy to me. I idolize him. He is my hero. Even though he has no clue who I am, I keep his life alive even though he is dead. I tell everyone how wonderful he is and play his music nonstop. It was a terrible thing that happened to him and I get a little teary just thinking about it. He did not deserve it whatsoever. I have many pictures of him in my room, and I am going to mourn his death on sunday. All I can say is "Why?" Why John? Why did he have to die? I Love You John with all my heart and you will always be with us. You have been there for me so many times, now its my turn to be there for you.


Dec 7, 1996
Across the Universe from PA., USA
Comments: John, I love you. I miss you. Thank you for your gifts of music, peace, and love.


Dec 7, 1996
Debbie Pruitt (DMP1028@AOL.COM) from Clayton, NC
Comments: Well, it was sixteen years ago today.....but your spirit is alive and well in the hearts of millions! I know I'll always hold you close to my heart - however distant!! P.S. Mark Chapman -- "How Do You Sleep?"


Dec 7, 1996
Rebecca
Comments: John, I miss you so much, but you're here with me whenever I play your beautiful songs. What can I say? You'll never be dead in my heart. I love you John. War is over.


Dec 7, 1996
Andrew Croft (Andrew_Croft@magic.ca) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Comments: John, You were the most remarkable person in the history of mankind. You did it. You made it big, you realized your position, and you made it your goal to get the message of peace and love out to everyone around the world. Today, 16 years after your passing, more people than ever before know about your message. When I hear "So this is Christmas... and what have you done?" I get all choked up. There was so much more you wanted to do... We all miss you so much John. Love to you, Yoko, Sean, Cyn and Julian. Andrew


Dec 8, 1996
LennonFan#1
Comments: JOHN LIVES!!!!


Dec 8, 1996
Joan Lennon-Torpey (tjt82590@voicenet.com) from Philadelphia, Penna. USA
Comments: The 8th of December 1996 (USA) / 9th of December 1996 (UK) marks the 16th anniversary of John Lennon's assassination. Despite the fact that more than one and a half decades have passed I still mourn his loss. I miss him greatly and his absence has left a void that can never, ever be filled. I'm certain that I can safely state that my feelings are shared by all of those who genuinely loved and admired him. He was a rare human being, truly one of a kind. John Lennon was an infinitely and a profoundly gifted person. His genius shone forth brilliantly in everything he did. Musician, lyricist, singer, artist, actor, humourist, political and peace activist, and writer. all of which were accomplished with sterling precision and golden perfectionism. He never did anything half-heartedly but rather put his entire self into all of his work. He was indubitably a dedicated man who sincerely cared about humankind. He was the leader of the '60's and the peace movement. Young people at that time looked up to him and many fans considered him the 'messiah' of that changing, turbulent, and radical decade. He was greatly admired and loved by people from every nation and from every walk of life. Some of his unique characteristics that endeared John to us were his delightfully weird and hilarious sense of humour;his comic facial expressions ----John Lennon was a natural-born ham; his penchant for the absurd; his political candidness; his trend-setting style of music; his succinct writing ability in lyrics and literature; his handsome voice; his distinctive artistic flair; his eccentric clothes fashion; and his avant-garde hair styles. All of these and much, much more are what made John Lennon, John Lennon. John Lennon shares an equal position on the pinnacle of success along with the virtuosi, Charles Dickens and Wolfgang Mozart. He, like they, achieved the status of master artiste and legend in his own time. It is said that the Beatles changed the world. Yes, that is to a certain degree true but since there would be no Beatles without their founder and leader, John Lennon, who as a result of his belief in them and himself and his promise "to take them to the top" single-handedly changed the world, not just the musical world, but the entire world. The world is a much better and more beautiful place for having known John Lennon. And so are we. We love you, John, and we miss you. Thank you for enriching our lives. God bless you and now you are part of God and therefore eternal. As with Dickens and Mozart, John Lennon belongs to all the world. The week following his assassination, Time Magazine's cover was a picture of John with the words, "The Day the Music Died". That was a most tragic day for all of us and even though that has left deep scars, we can take consolation for on that day John Lennon and his music commenced living on in our hearts and souls. He would have wanted it that way. IMAGINE.


Dec 8, 1996
pam mccarthy (harmony@poetic.com) from Southern California
Comments: i light a candle, i say a prayer. you sang "give peace a chance." a tear falls. your song lives on in our hearts, when we remember you.


Dec 8, 1996
Jessica H. from Livermore, Ca. USA
Comments: I'm only 17 years old, and a singer/songwriter myself. sometimes when i'm singing I know that a little piece of John spills out on me. When I write a song I know John is right there with me whispering lyrics in my ear. Even though I never met the man, I can feel his spirit with me everday blessing me with his inspiration. I know for a fact that every generation from 1980 on will have a little piece of John lennon inside of them.


Dec 8, 1996
yael from israel, kibbutz afikim
Comments: dear john! it's all like... i can't tell... it's so weird for me. just as we lately did to our peace warior prime minister rabin. you both strived for peace, and... so hard to write. john, i want to to know that you helped me to become hipie, you inspired me, made me laugh, cry, think and mostly love. love all. love everything. i felt like your little sister, as if when i'm in trouble or depressed i can come to you. i felt, i knew, that you've always loved and understand me when nobody did. i was born exactly 40 days after you've been taken so violently from the world that you tried so hard to make better. so i didn't knew you but i know that you're watching me from above with smile.dear john, my john! words can hardly tell the feeling in my heart. just the tears that falling down my eyes and my bleeding heart. you haven't died, oh no, you're just somewhere else and one day "the world will be as one" and you'll be there, right? so many things to say... so little can BE said. we'll never forget you, john, we gonna keep your way and we gonna make this world better. LIGHT, PEACE and mainly LOVE!!! I lOVE YOU, JOHN... BUT OF ALL THIS FRIENDS AND LOVERS, THERE'S NO ONE COMPARES WITH YOU...


Dec 8, 1996
Rebecca Bauert (ian@ca.com.au) from Perth, Australia
Comments: When I woke up this morning and checked my calender, great waves of emotion filled my body and left me in tears. Although I wasn't alive when John was murdered, like many others, I feel as if I know him like a friend through his music and work. All of us must carry his message of peace and love to those that we meet, so that one day our world will be one without pain or fear, prejudice or hatred. John - I don't really know what to say to a man who has given me so much. You have changed my life forever; if it wasn't for you who knows what kind of a future I would have made for myself. Thank you and I hope that you are at peace, wherever you are. Your spirit will not be forgotten. I LOVE YOU!


Dec 8, 1996
smadar
Comments: I hope that the song Imagine will someday become reality and that will be the best memorial for Lenon legacy.


Dec 8, 1996
Adam Maher (amaher@pcug.org.au) from Canberra, Australia
Comments: JOHN LENNON, well what more can the world ever want? Unfortunately it was a want that was so bad it lead a man to kill him. John, I think, touched us all, some without even realising it. But me and probably you love him, his music and today, being the 16th anniversary we may even cry and be sad but look to the good things the best things that made the man a man, a family man, a music man, and a beatle man. But all we need is love and so we love you John Winston Lennon and your songs and life will be forever held in our hearts. I hope one day to meet you at the big pearly gates, I think I'll give you a hug then. From Adam and Friends. (please feel free to email if you want to)


Dec 8, 1996
CAROL BRAUN (bbraun@dana.wanet.com.au) from PERTH, Western Australia
Comments: In Loving Memory of a Great Man: " Johnny can't you come out to play in my empty garden". I think of you every day especially today (8th DEC.) Your music Views and wit changed my life, thankyou, maybe one day we'll meet on a higher plain. LOVED AND REMEMBERED CAROL


Dec 8, 1996
Kent Andre Skibstad (skibstad@online.no) from Stavanger,Norway
Comments: I think he is the greatest ever,and he will forever live in our hearts.


Dec 8, 1996
Kengo Okamoto (cisum@k-brand.co.jp) from aioi,hikari,yamaguti,japan
Comments: I am japanese. So,I can't write greatfl masage. But john give me english. I shall never forget his english. and it will makes me a bigstar someday. I miss the chance to tell him of word is I love you. solly,I can't english.


Dec 8, 1996
MBE/Katie Preissner from Wisconsin
Comments: "Half of what I say is meaningless...But I say it just to reach you..." Dear John, What can I say? You gave so much to us in so many ways. I hope you are happy wherever you are. You were a beautiful person and I miss you very much. I always imagine what it would be like if you were with us today. Your life was so short, but yet you accomplished so many wonderful things. We are praying for peace and hoping that someday soon we will get it. "Hold on John...John hold on...it's gonna be all right..." God bless you! Love, xxx ooo Katie Preissner


Dec 8, 1996
Tina & Bridget from US
Comments: John...WE LOVE YOU. You will ALWAYS live in our hearts and your spirit continues to live as long as your music is around. Thank you for entertaining us and making us THINK.


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