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John Lennon Remembered - Page 2


Even after 17 years, Dec 8th serves as a painful reminder of the day John Lennon died. Fortunately, we also have many reminders of John's life and we can take some comfort in the knowledge that people across the world were equally impressed by his many talents.

Acknowledgements: John Taylor kindly sent in photos of his day at New York City's Strawberry Fields on Dec 8, 1997. Many thanks to Crystal for also taking a trip out to the Strawberry Fields memorial and placing a copy of our messages there. And finally, a big thank you to Paul who delivered our messages to two different locations in Liverpool, England: the Beatles memorial at the Cavern Walks and the original Strawberry Field (a forested area where John often played as a child). Paul also provided a few photos of his visits to each of these locations.

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The Cavern Walks memorial to the Beatles in Liverpool.
Our messages placed at the gate to Strawberry Field.
What a thrill...the Bagism logo and the Strawberry Field sign!

More comments are on Page 1


Dec 8, 1997
Dennis Sidelnikov (cable.guy@usa.net)
Dear John I can't find words to explain what I feel now... I'm shouting all about love, While they treated you like a dog When you were the one who had made it so clear All those years ago. I'm talking all about how to give They didn't act with much honesty But you point the way to the truth when you say All you need is love. Living with good and bad I always look up to you Now we're left cold and sad By someone the devil's best friend Someone who offended all. We're living in a bad dream They've forgotten all about mankind And you were the one they backed up to the wall All those years ago You were the one who Imagined it all All those years ago. Deep in the darkest night I send out a prayer to you Now in the world of light Where the spirit free of the lies And all else that we despised. They've forgotten all about God He's the only reason we exist Yet you were the one that they said was so weird All those years ago You said it all though not many had ears All those years ago You had control of our smiles and our tears All those years ago

Dec 8, 1997
Marie (compocom@videotron.ca)
John, tu n'as pas que des fans anglophones, j'espre que tu as a ta disposition un interprete. Aujourd'hui c'est le 17 anniversaire de ton deces. J'aurais beaucoup aim etre a New York aujourd'hui pour partager ces moments avec des gens qui t'aiment autant que moi. Mais.... bon. Je penserai a toi et ta musique bercera ces penses toute la journe. Comme j'aurais aim que cette journe n'existe pas il y a 17 ans. J'imagine tout ce que tu aurais pu faire comme chanson, comme posie, comme message... ta musique, ta sensibilit et ta voix me touche droit au coeur, jamais je ne m'en lasse. Je t'aime beaucoup xxx Marie de Qubec P.Q.

Dec 8, 1997
Ally (lovelennon@hotmail.com)
John, You are sorely missed by your fans of many ages. I might not have been around too long before your death, but the message and the impact you leave on all of us is immeasurable.

Dec 8, 1997
Ed Illingworth Sr.
Looking at all these people's comments only confirms what so many of us knew so long ago. I miss you John, always will! I used to get so excited when you two would release a new album. Just the thought of what you would have to say would make me feel so free. I miss those days.... Yoko has a great way keeping your music coming out for us all. She's been great. What more can a broken heart say but I'll see you on cloud nine someday. I'll never forget the night I heard the news in New Haven, CT. I really don't consider myself a fan, just a man who listened & heard when you had something to say. Now I continue the rest of my life saying it hoping someone else will listen & hear or hear & listen but I hope that they don't do just one without the other. You'll always be the vision of hope as long as there are people asking to be free. Thanks for helping me to make it through the life. I love you John, always did, always will. Peace & Love to you & yours. Your Bro Ed Illingworth Sr. Portland, Oregon USA

Dec 8, 1997
Reginald
Though barely 3 yrs. old at the time of his death, I've listened to him and he has inspired me to write my own music. I know my music will never be as great as John's, but at least now we have something in commmon. Whenever I perform, I will be performing the same air that John breathed.

Dec 8, 1997
Magnus Jarln (int.magnusj@memo.volvo.se)
Just listen to the voice.

Dec 8, 1997
Larry Fitzpatrick (llf@po.cwru.edu)
I know it's been said millions of times by millions of people, but John truly changed my life. All I want to say is thank you so very much for the great music and the amazing meaning behind your words. I'm 18, and I only wish that the music today would learn a lesson from you. Again, thank you John. We all miss you.

Dec 8, 1997
Paul Woodcock (P.Woodcock@Wigan-Leigh.ac.uk)
John Lennon, of all the musicians within this world John Lennon was truly the best. His music touched me and in some, maybe subtle, way he changed my life, my meaning, my whole sense of being. His death on this day 17 years ago was a great tradgedy indeed. I will allways remember John, when "I'm dreaming of the past".

Dec 8, 1997
Richard Woodall (rich@xtra.co.nz)
...Nothing to kill or die for...

Dec 8, 1997
Birgit
I miss you and I love you. See you in heaven, John

Dec 8, 1997
Ann Leonesio (magic@vgernet.net)
I miss the power of John Lennon's words and music, his stance against violence and his stance for hunaminty. Thank you for being on Earth for as long as you were. Peace.

Dec 8, 1997
Steve (wilkinso@pipeline.com.au)
Dear John, our hearts are still shattered, the silence is forever, the echo of you still within our thoughts, the tragedy unforgiveable. Peace Hope and Love, still so hard to obtain, yet we try. Thoughts and prayers to Yoko, Sean, Julian and Johns "other" family.

Dec 8, 1997
The Black Queen
and so John, love forever

Dec 8, 1997
Erin E. Hutchins (C_Girl@hotmail.com)
I was born two years after John Lennon was murdered, but I always have, and always will, see his music as the pathway to peace. Even though I never "grew up" with his music, I have grown, emotionally and mentally by listning to his words of peace. In the words of Lennon himself, "All We Are Saying, Is Give Peace A Chance".

Dec 8, 1997
Rachel Ecker-Polak
Dear John, When this day comes by every year there is a longing in my heart for you. Your love will never ever be forgotton. I will always imagine a world with nothing to kill for. I will Love you always. Your in my heart and in my head.

Dec 8, 1997
Gabor Peterdi (Hungary) (gabor@fls.reftkn.hu)
I was only 10 the day John died....I just cried and cried...Many people came together to remember him in Budapest. The police - afraid of a riot against communism - beat them...The people sang 'Give Peace A Chance'.... Me, being too young was locked into my room, trying to figure out the chords for 'Imagine' on my guitar that I only received a couple of days before from my mum... Now I'm a 27 year old Beatles fan, live in free country and play in a band...But still, there is not one day that I don't think of John...

Dec 8, 1997
Anders Gustafson (m-20281@mailbox.swipnet.se)
John, you will always be in my heart...

Dec 8, 1997
B.Calvet (Spain)
Forever,JOHN.

Dec 8, 1997
Bob Wood (Evil Blue Meanies (bob.wood@bsci.com)
The night John Lennon was shot, I was 18. I was working my first full time job as a clerk and I usually went to bed by 9:30 pm. I was a sleep when my fathers girlfriend came pounding on my door. They were aware that I was a big Beatles fan. She told me that their was a news flash that John Lennon had been shot. I was pretty groggy, and I remember asking "Is he dead?". She said yes!!! I asked again and she said YES again. I remembered thinking, I bet hes not dead and hell be alright, and I fell back to sleep. I had a music alarm clock that was set to my favorite radio station. 6:00 am came and the alarm went off and the first song I heard right at the beginning was Imagine. Right then it hit me, John Lennon was shot to death. I remember sitting up and looking at my radio, still in disbelief. Here I am, 18 year old young man, fighting the tears back. It was all over the radio and news. I went to the store and bought a newspaper. Front page of the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and it read "Former Beatle John Lennon shot to death". I then noticed over the next few weeks, there would be this big transition. The album John had just released "Double Fantasy" soared to #1. Beatles were now being played everywhere. That was not the case before. It would revive Beatlemania. Ive always said since then, that Johns death The Beatles as far as their music. They would become immortal as a result.

Dec 8, 1997
Autumn
Oh I just think it's terribly sad what happened to John Lennon, very very sad :'( :,( :'( As Paul McCartney said earlier, Mr. Chapman was the idiot of all idiots. I hope John's sons don't get too upset, though if they did cry today I wouldn't be at all surprised. Peace be with you Mr. Lennon wherever you might be.

Dec 8, 1997
Rory (roryl@orca.ucd.ie)
Thanks for everything, John. I hope people will remember the hppiness you gave them more than the sadness, which often culminates on this day. Peace to one & all. - Rory

Dec 8, 1997
Terri (misslily@rocketmail.com)
You will always be loved and missed by so many, all over the world. Peace and love, forever!

Dec 8, 1997
Anna ( from Brazil )
"IMAGINAI UM MUNDO SEM FRONTEIRAS"... SENTIMOS SAUDADES TUAS, JOHN!

Dec 8, 1997
sylvia (smak@tig.com.au)
I visited this Bagism site for the first time today, and heard the "With a little help from my son" file for the first time ... it really is so sweet and amusing! Make my heart so sad ever more. So many people have asked "Why?" on Dec 8. I was 16, just touched by his music, and couldn't understand it when it happened. Now I believe there must be some evil spirit somewhere that always gets jealous when someone on earth finds true happiness. (Well I have to make some sense out of it)

Dec 8, 1997
BEN RICHARDS (BRICHARD@MAILCITY.COM)
WHAT CAN WE SAY ABOUT JOHN. HE WAS A REMAKABLE LEADER AND AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. HE WAS A SYMBOL OF AN ERA WHEN WAR AND RAGE WERE DOMINANT, BUT HE LED THE WAY THROUGH IT PEACEFULLY. "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE"

Dec 8, 1997
Helen Gojanovich (rosemary@ois.net.au)
John you died when I was three years old but I have still grown up with you. Rest in peace. You are without a doubt the greatest musicain of our time

Dec 8, 1997
Stefanie Porter
My dear sweet John Lennon, how I love you dearly. But most of all, I miss you soooooo much.

Dec 8, 1997
Antoinette (AlexMi@aol.com)
Dear John: I miss you desperatley!!! You left us far to soon. Watch over us from heaven and send us your peace and love!!!

Dec 8, 1997
J.
So This Is Christmas....

Dec 8, 1997
Michele (043743@xavier.xu.edu)
I woke up this morning without knowing that it was the anniversary of John's death. A little bit ago, I went to my class and saw that one of my friends had written "RIP John Lennon December 8, 1997" on my message board. I was overcome by grief. I mean, you know that John is dead, it is a fact, but every once in a while it hits you...one of the greatest musicians/people who ever lived died, just like that. It was seventeen years ago, but the pain I feel today is similar to that felt when he died. I have listened to nothing but Beatles/John Lennon music today, just trying to regain my grasp of John's legacy and I all I can do is wonder how someone with so much to say could be taken from us. John, wherever you are, I hope you are happy and that I see you one day...

Dec 8, 1997
Kellie Johnson (KeljoNonnel@webtv.net)
John may have died in the physical sense, but he has not died in our hearts. John Lennon lives on in his word, music, art and our memories. God bless and keep his sons Julian and Sean.

Dec 8, 1997
kathy.....brooklyn ny
I grew up in the time the beatles first came to america..my "favorite " was always John...At this time, everyone had a favorite beatle...we traded beatle cards, beatle records etc... at one point I had more John cards than anyone else when John died, my heart broke....I asked why??? I will never forget that night nor the days that followed, I was at the dakotah for many hours with thopusands of others,,, someday we will hear his voice again, when we all meet at our final place...

Dec 8, 1997
Luis Enrique Ledezma Fuentes (llf@nuclear.inin.mx)
Como muchos, creci escuchando a The Beatles, ellos son ahora parte de mi, a la edad de 3 aos dice mi madre que "cantaba" 'Let it Be' , desde entonces su msica no se separara de mi. John Lennon me dio un punto de vista diferente de como eran las cosas, simplemente me hizo reflexionar sobre el poder de la msica como medio de transmitir ideas, sueos, vida y amor. Lennon vivio como quizo, amo y siguio a su amor, Lennon transmiti paz y me dio paz, Lennon me do alegras y msica, Lennon vive y vivir.

Dec 8, 1997
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Dec 8, 1997
Valerie Thompson (Valerie.J.Thompson-1@ou.edu)
I've always thought of December 8th as the day the music died. I was so young...only a year old when you died, but I'm so glad that I have your albums and interviews to remember you by. As long as we have the music and the spirit of peace, you'll always be with us. Love, Peace and Strawberry Fields, ~Valerie~

Dec 8, 1997
Vanessa O'Kelley (vanello69@hotmail.com)
Merry X-mas to John & Yoko. Merry X-mas (War is Over) is one of my favorite X-mas songs. John and Yoko as individual artists and as two human beings united in love, respect, and friendship have shown us all how to love and how to achieve peace. Thanks John. You are gone, but not forgotten. You continue to move us and educate us. Yoko, thanks for carrying on through the pain with dignity and integrity. And thanks for respecting John's fans. We love you too.

Dec 8, 1997
John Lennon (John_Lennon_@The-Beatles.com)
You magnify my pitifully small heart with your combined union of love.

Dec 8, 1997
Gretchen
John: I feel terribly cheated that you were gone before I even knew who you were. But your music and you words have helped me through some of my roughest times. Imagine has helped, of course, but so has Dear Prudence, among others. Your music is some of the most beautiful I've ever heard. Thank you for being who you were. Goodnight, sweet prince.

Dec 8, 1997
Yoko Ono (Yoko_Ono@The-Beatles.com)
What happened here As the New York sunset disappeared I found an empty garden among the flagstones there Who lived here He must have been a gardener that cared a lot Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop And now it all looks strange It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain And what's it for This little empty garden by the brownstone door And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more Who lived here He must have been a gardener that cared a lot Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop And we are so amazed we're crippled and we're dazed A gardener like that one no one can replace And I've been knocking but no one answers And I've been knocking most all the day Oh and I've been calling oh hey hey Johnny Can't you come out to play And through their tears Some say he farmed his best in younger years But he'd have said that roots grow stronger if only he could hear Who lived there He must have been a gardener that cared a lot Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop Now we pray for rain, and with every drop that falls We hear, we hear your name Johnny can't you come out to play in your empty garden

Dec 8, 1997
Charlie Duke (cwd4989@unix.tamu.edu)
John Lennon will never be forgotten. I do not know the name of the assassin, and I do not want to. He deserves no attention. Just think to yourself: John, Paul, George, Ringo. John, Paul, George. John, Paul. John. Heavy, isn't it.

Dec 8, 1997
PAITOON KHOSKITCHALERT (NTHISREAL@YAHOOMAIL.COM)
JOHN, I'M SO TIRED. I TOTALLY HATE THIS WORLD, BUT I CAN STAND LIVING HERE BECAUSE THE LOVE YOU MADE AND SHARED.SOMETIME I SEE NO FUTURE IN THIS NOTHINGLESS WORLD.I TRY TO BE STRONGER AND NEED NO THINKING ABOUT THE NIGHTMARE. I DON'T KNOW WHY SUCH A GOOD MAN LIKE YOU HAVE TO GO AWAY FROM THIS WORLD.MAY BE HERE IS TOO DIRTY TO LIVE. ANYWAY, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE AND YOU ARE NOT JUST A DREAMER. IF I COULD CHANGE THE HISTORY, I WOULD BE KILLED BUT YOU. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING,JOHN. I DO LOVE YOU FOREVER. MY FRIENDS,THANAPA,DALAD AND WARANYA ALSO MISS YOU WITH LOVE FROM US TO YOU.

Dec 8, 1997
DENISE
imagine. . . . . . .there's no heaven

Dec 8, 1997
Felipe Daniel Mariano (marianos@satlink.com)
John tu fuiste, sos y sers el mejor compositor , cantante y persona en toda la historia, gracias por habernos dado tu musica que nos motiv a lo largo de esta vida, pero aunque yo no viva en esos tiempos, yo he crecido con tu musica y la de los Beatles todos estos aos.Descansa en Paz.................

Dec 8, 1997
Paul McCartney (P_McCartney@The-Beatles.com)
Can love withstand the weight of all their expectations?

Dec 8, 1997
Geordie
We all shine on. Keep on keeping on, so long..

Dec 8, 1997
George Harrison (G_Harrison@The-Beatles.com)
Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup, They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind, Possessing and caressing me.

Dec 8, 1997
Ringo Starr (Ringo_Starr@The-Beatles.com)
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns

Dec 8, 1997
bill chancellor
hey johnny..what can i say except we love you and miss you! wherever you are....

Dec 8, 1997
CAROL
SUCH A SAD DAY -- REST IN PEACE, JOHN. MISS YOU AND YOUR MUSIC YOU WOULD HAVE GONE ON TO WRITE AND PERFORM . I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT WOULD BE.

Dec 8, 1997
Heather L. Rodriguez (janis_joplin@rocketmail.com)
What can I say, John?? You've enriched my life so much... your songs have given me inspiration, your love for the world has given me hope.... 17 years ago today, we lost you forever. This generation that I belong to can never experience your talents and genius as the last generation did. Now, we must cherish reminders of you in the form of your music, your words, your art. I decided to be happy today, that your legacy lives on, but I cannot. I miss you, John. I can't help the tears, they are a natural reflex. I would have loved to have seen you, known you, loved you.... John, we all love you and miss you terribly. I know I do. Someday, we will all be united in heaven. Yes, I am a dreamer. And I will continue to be a dreamer until the world can make the dream a reality and live as one. Goodbye, John. I Love You. In loving memory, Heather L. Rodriguez

Dec 8, 1997
Leslie (leslie@mail.howells.esu7.k12.ne.us)
You died before I was born, yet you have touched my life a whole lot. I sometimes feel that the world would be better dead, but then I remember the words you wrote and the ideas you had and I think that if you could stand it, I can too. I hope you have found love and peace. We wil always miss you.

Dec 8, 1997
Debra Ramos (DJRamos@yolo.com)
17 years ago, one of the most brilliant minds in the history of the world was brutally ripped away from us. John's death leaves a hole that no one will ever fill. I miss him today and always.

Dec 8, 1997
Jeremy Webber
John, your spirit lives in my mind, and my heart. If we all carry on your ideas, and beliefs then you are still on this earth. Peace and Love.

Dec 8, 1997
Katie Madsen
Your songs are an inspiration and I know that as long as we remember the good times and you as you were when you were full of life, you will live forever in our hearts. I miss you and hope that you found true peace and happiness in your Strawberry Fields.

Dec 8, 1997
Brad Gunnell (bgunnell@wvu.edu)
I have been a Beatle Fan for a long time and a Lennon fan for just as long. When society remembers deceased dreamers, such as Kennedy, Dr. King, and Mother Theresa, it good to see there are people who don't forget one of the greatest IMAGINERS of them all: Dr. Winston O' Boogie. Happy XMas. Peace and Love. Brad

Dec 8, 1997
Mark J. Mahal (mmahal@pottsville.infi.net)
When John finally achieved his "chance at Peace" his physical presence was taken away from the world but his soul and his spirit can never be denied. John Lennon Lives!!! For the rest of us we should all........ "Give Peace A Chance"..... Mark J. Mahal

Dec 8, 1997
Sharon Irons, Boston, MA (sharon_irons@inc.com)
In my life, I love you more.

Dec 8, 1997
Ashley Gulick
I was born in 1983. Not vary fair if you ask me. My mom says I was born in the wrong time. I totally agree. There with never be another John, but he will always live in us. We love you John

Dec 8, 1997
himamurat (himat@mx2.nisiq.net)
hi!john how do you feel? i'm think.....i'm just think all you need is love. thak you john your spilet in my mind.

Dec 8, 1997
David Singer (None@none.com)
On this, the 17th anniversary of his passing, John still lives on through his lyrics. A lunatic may have taken away John Lennon but that lunatic will never take away the memories that John provided for us while he was physically on this earth. To John Lennon, one of the finest lyricists who ever lived.

Dec 8, 1997
Ashley Gulick
Words can not express tears

Dec 8, 1997
Pam Mooney
Its been 17 years, and I still feel like someone has punched me in the stomach each time I think of John Lennon and the way he died. This date in history will always be my Pearl Harbor.

Dec 8, 1997
Alison (cjrs_4ever@hotmail.com)
gee..i really don't know what to say...I wasn't even around when John was alive..i'm only 16..but i believe that john lennon was the GREATEST & MOST INSPIRANTIONAL musician that ever lived. I wish i could have been around to see him in person. he is my inspiration, and i know his music will never die in my heart and in the hearts of others, i hope he could hear me when i pray to him and let him know how much i miss him and love him even though i wasn't around to meet him. i'll never forget you~love always and 4-ever~Alison R.

Dec 8, 1997
Stephanie Rife (jennon14@hotmail.com)
John Lennon was a beautiful person and the world lost a wonderful man on dec.8. Eventhough he may be gone his message of peace and love is still reaching billions of people. He will never be forgotten.

Dec 8, 1997
Eric Whitt (s428742@urgrgcc.edu)
Today is a day that is of great sadness for me. The world lost one of the greatest song writers in the world. I have devoted my day to remembering John's life, music, love, and peace. I have wept for sometime now, wondering what it would have been like if John had not left this world 17 years ago?!? I share in all the sorrow and grief of the fans of John and his family.

Dec 8, 1997
~*Betsy Ingram*~ (peace3232@aol.com)
alright... let's see, what can i write that hasn't already been written.. well i can first say that, lennon, he was indeed a great man, as you all know. his music was real... let us show his inspiration in us by persuing his dreams.. be kynd to one another.. remember.. all you need is love... lennon, jam out with garcia and hendrix.. make a tape for us.. and, of course, ~~~~~~~~******((shine on Lennon))******~~~~~~~~ * peace & love* betsy

Dec 8, 1997
Sara Schmidt (cusks2@pen.eiu.edu)
Today I am overwhelmed with saddness. I love John Lennon. He is a very important person in my life, and I miss him very much. Today I am wearing all black, with a little John Lennon button on my sweater. To some, they think I am silly for mourning after 17 years, but to me it shows the world that John didn't have to die, and that guns need to be controlled. I will always love John, and his memory will live on forever. All you need is love....real love Sara

Dec 8, 1997
Stefan Liljemark
To get the message that John Lennon was shot, was like loosing a brother. He was so impressive during his days, such a symbol of his time, that I and the youth of that time actually grew up together. The wooden CD-box with all The Beatles CD:s I bought last year is not just great music, it is my happy childhood concentrated in one box. God bless John Lennon.

Dec 8, 1997
J. Michaels
No matter what's going on in my life, simply hearing the voice of John Lennon takes me away.

Dec 8, 1997
Alison Riedel (cjrs_4ever@hotmail.com)
John Lennon..the greatest musician that ever lived..even though i never got to know him cause i'm only 16..but still..it's a very sad day..i feel like someone is stabbing me with a dull knife in the heart since i never got to meet him i wish i could have been around..he means so much to me and changed my whole way that i look apon life.."IMAGINE" i love you john lennon and miss you dearly...~alison~

Dec 8, 1997
Strawberry/Melissa (Strwbery67@juno.com)
I write as if I am talking directly to you, John, because I know that you are inside every person that reads this message. We all do shine on; inside each other. Like many other people who have shared their thoughts here, I was not yet born when you were snatched away from the world. Most days I would express bitterness at this, but today I feel only pain. Your life meant so much, you were not perfect, which makes you even better. But unlike many, you worked to rise above your imperfections. And by doing so, you have shown the rest of us that maybe we can too. Maybe someday we all will join you, as dreamers and do-ers. I love you deeply John, more than words can express. I feel your presence inside of me, persuading me to let myself be free. Peace and Love, Strawberry

Dec 8, 1997
Chris
He was simply a man with great ideas and the forum to influence the thinking of others. His legacy will endure.

Dec 8, 1997
Valerie (vkeller@mindspring.com)
I always expected a lot of tears, a profound insight or two, SOME sort of revelation, but instead it's completely neutral for me. All week I've been like "Oh my God, it's only on Monday," and now I'm going, "Is this IT?" Somehow I feel sacreligious or something. But, anyways, I still am really sad that John is actually gone forever. It always seems like he'll be coming out with a new album any day now, you know, what with "Flaming Pie" and that. We all miss you, John. *peace & love* -- Valerie

Dec 8, 1997
Mark Burtis (hawkeye@iland.net)
Dec. 8th truely is a very sad day in our short history....John will be remembered for all the good things he did...for his music,,lyrics, writings, and love that he gave Yoko and family...His Spirit will always be with us through his songs and I would like to thank Yoko for keeping his Spirit alive in our hearts.

Dec 8, 1997
Tony (tonysm@mail.cybase.co.uk)
What a sad day for the whole world and the city in which the great man was born, here in Liverpool. We we're all proud of what the Beatles done for our city and the man behind that was the great John Lennon who is by far the greatest musician song writer that has ever walked this planet and altough im only 17 the fact that i know who he was and what he stood for goes to show in itself that John Lennon was a genious.

Dec 8, 1997
Kaleidoscope Eyes, Lauren (hellolauren@hotmail.com)
I've already signed this...On Saturday, I think, but I'm so absolutely saddened today. Why was he taken from us? I'll remember John forever...His Love, his Music, and his Legacy will live on always. When I was upset at school, people didn't understand why the seventeenth anniversary of "the witty Beatle" could upset me so. It's nice to know there are other people out there who understand. We love you, John.

Dec 8, 1997
Ashley Terry
For a man who touched our lives in so many ways he had to go so soon.He gave us hope when there was none . His poetic messages went straight to our souls. John Lennon we love you ! Thank yooooou for cleansing our souls the way no one else could. THANK YOU SOOOO LOVE AND WISHES!!!!!!!!

Dec 8, 1997
Veronica
I love you John. You were a great person and your memory will go on forever and always.

Dec 8, 1997
Alicia Vaden
John Lennon- a man I hardly knew or listened to touched my heart even though I didn't know anything about him except for his name. It's not as much that he touched all of his fans, but it is an accomplishment that he could touch people who couldn't pick him out from a group of pictures. he will live forever in our souls and spirits only if we allow his presence. He will always be remembered and missed. We love you John!

Dec 8, 1997
James / Toronto (TheDooleys@compuserve.ca)
God bless John Lennon. Love to all

Dec 8, 1997
Sophie
Imagine there's no heaven...... Okay, but if there is, we know thats where you are. And we hope someday we will join you.

Dec 8, 1997
Mat Zarolinski (matz@mci.mint.net)
Through Simple Simon's eyes, they were just another day. A pie-man's pompous propaganda can not push the pride away...He hears just what they say, every word they say, but the dreams won't go away. The dreams will thrive through Simple Simon's eyes.(The Dream is never over.)

Dec 8, 1997
Christina Racanelli
I don't think I can write anything other than what most already know. His music was legendary. He accomplished more in 40 years than most dream to. John Lennon will live forever in our hearts..

Dec 8, 1997
Tina (kuklattn@email.dom.edu)
We may never have the chance to personally meet John, but he's still alive... any time we think about him, hear him talking, or listening to one of his songs. God bless you, John!

Dec 8, 1997
some girl
OH, JOHN! we love you so so so much and, wherever you are, i'm sure you'll feel the vibes. WE LOVE YOU!

Dec 8, 1997
I'm just a guy (nakimura@hotmail.com)
...in difference from you. You were everything, John, and you still is. What happened a night 17 years ago wasn't supposed so happen, and I wish I could travel back in history and if necessary sacrifice myself to let you live on and bring even more love to/between mankind. I wasn't even a year old when you died, and I never had the chance to to see you *crying...swallowing my pain*...I LOVE YOU JOHN! Tonight I'm going to be DREAMING OF THE PAST, and just let my tears flow...John Winston Ono Lennon...

Dec 8, 1997
Ian Summers
Cheers John, for giving us some great music and being a cool guy. The Beatles were great, and your music in the 70s really kicked butt. Wherever you are, keep on keepin' on. Thanks again, Ian.

Dec 8, 1997
Samuel Dylewicz (Samd@club-internet.fr)
I've discovered John Lennon and the Beatles one year ago, It's new for me,but I've loved every part I've heard. For me,John Lennon is everything,his music is not only music but also poetry,something living. in this point of view,thanks to his music,John Lennon still lives in our souls,in our hearts. From France,I claim it,we miss John Lennon samd@club-internet.fr

Dec 8, 1997
lennie (chelsied13@hotmail.com)
all we are saying is give peace a chance. tbr!we love you john

Dec 8, 1997
Andrea Thorne
I think that the most unfortunate thinig that has happened in my life is that I was born four months too late to be alive at the same time as John. That's got to say a lot about my life, that in most cases its a lot better then other peoples. I believe that John was right, that all you need is love. If we only learn, as a human race to give peace as chance love will suceseed in all cases.

Dec 8, 1997
Blanca Lizbeth Lugo (bebalugo@RocketMail.com)
I have been reading all the messages for almost an hour. We all know what were John's messages: Love, peace, love, peace, and more... So it is our responsibility to pass on to the next generations such meanings; to tell his story to our children and their children. John's messages are the only hope we have to make a better world. If we continue to tell HIS story, John Lennon will live forever.

Dec 8, 1997
Rama Gecas
Dear John, I was born four years after you died. Who knew that I would grow to love you so much. There is not a day that goes by that i don't think of you. People at my school just don't understand how sad this day is. I wish i could have stopped Mark Chapmann, and gotten in the way of your bullet, anything to have kept you alive. Anything. I love you soooooo much and I want you to know that. .....Imagine.......

Dec 8, 1997
Beba
Don't ever forget John Lennon. Don't ever forget his words: "All you need is love." Hold on to his story, because HIS words are the only messages that can change this world.

Dec 8, 1997
AbbyRd (abbyrd777@aol.com)
John Lennon could have changed the world, if he was only given the chance. He had so much of an influence on everyone, that people got scared. All of the people who critized him never knew the real story of the man. All Lennon ever wanted was a world of peace and love. What was so wrong about that? If only everyone had the same aspirations today, maybe the world could "live as one". I Love You, John.

Dec 8, 1997
John Marshall LaPrade
Dear John, You have been a mentor and spiritual inspiration to me. Having been born only a year after your passing I feel blessed to share your name and a passion that only you could understand. Never having met you, I still feel a connection to you. Thank You.

Dec 8, 1997
brad risboskin (grint@hotmail.com)
John even though i was not even born when you were so wrongely taken away,i miss you dearly.your music,words, and peace will alwaays be remembered in my heart and hopefully everyones. we miss you dearly john.. brad "Some say I'm a dreamer,but I'm not the only one, I hope some day you will join us (again) and the world will live as one"

Dec 8, 1997
sarah leinicke
dear john even though i was not born at the time you were wrongly taking away from us i still miss you dearly your music and the meaning of your songs still make me cry i wish you could be here right now you mean so much to everyone especially me I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 8, 1997
Daphne Vezina (dvezina@mediom.qc.ca)
Hi John! 17 years ago today, we lost you. I still can feel the pain and can only imagine what it's been like for Yoko, Sean, your friends and close colleagues, not to mention your old buddies from the Beatles days.... As fans, we really miss your wit and inspiring music in this day and age. All the Bonos and Gallaghers of the world cannot replace what we lost on a Monday night in 1980. You see, in my eyes and in so many others, they're just young loud-mouths who cannot compare to you. Well, they are good but they miss that certain spark, that certain ambiguity, that certain contradiction, that certain drive that made you who you were. Oh well... You still shine on. Thanks for having been real, not just another millionaire monkey just in for the cheap thrills... Peace!

Dec 8, 1997
Meggi (flowerpower23@hotmail.com)
What can I say? I think everyone has said everything there is to say. I love you, John. Thanks for brightening up my life. *Meggi*

Dec 8, 1997
Chela Selpuveda C. (freak_tiger0@hotmail.com)
Llevo 2 aos de haberlo conocido y he coleccionado informacion a cerca de el porque hay algo que atrae, si, todo mundo lo sabe, se drogaba, era un hippie, no hacia nada por complacer a los demas, devolvio una medalla al imperio britanico... incluso se comparo con Jesucristo, pero despues de todo era humano y amaba la paz, su unico enemigo era la violencia, la cual termino matandolo, me he dado cuenta que a traves de el muchas personas solo ven los aspectos negativos de aquellos que brillaron y que su luz continua despues de 17 aos de que lo sacaron del mundo. Te extraamos...

Dec 8, 1997
Jacque (ddshq1.jramsel@hw1.cahwnet.gov)
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Thank you for all you gave us while you were on earth. Your influence will forever be felt. "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together."

Dec 8, 1997
Melanie Pohl (GroovFlowr@aol.com)
I've always felt, as does my mother, that I was born thirty years too late. I was born late June of 1980 and all my life have felt more of a connection to the era of my parents. Certainly life was not always as groovy as we'd all like to believe. There was war and mis-understandings, hate and violence; but there was love, peace, sharing, understanding. John very much stood for the good and fought against the bad. That fight will always continue. Unfortunately, we lost one of our greatest soldiers the night of December 8, 1980. We remain though. His message remains through his music and the way he chose to live his life. It is up to us to carry on where he left off. We owe him that much. Thank you John for helping us to get this far. May we have the strength to continue the fight.

Dec 8, 1997
Justine
Even after 17 years, one lingering question goes on in my mind: WHY? Why John Lennon? Why him? If it had been another rock star, I would have said: "Oh gosh, it's horrible"... and then move on. But Lennon hit me right where it hurts. In my love for humanity and peace. That crazed individual who killed Lennon did not just kill a remarkable human being, with all his frailties and all: he killed the dream. Which dream? The dream that through his music, he would have been what he has always been all his life: real, moving, provocative. And the dream that he had for humanity with Yoko would have come into reality. Peace for all humans... Fortunately, we still have his music to share. Let it shine on and on and on and on...... POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Dec 8, 1997
Bill Campbell (ConchoBill) (bcam@wcc.net)
I was so sad when I heard that John had been murdered. He was like an old friend. It is one of those moments, that unfortunately, I will never forget. I was listening to the "classic rock" radio station, which rarely plays any of his solo work and "Mind Games" followed a Bad Company song. It showed how lyrically eloquent John always was compared to the rest of rock'n'roll. He was a poet who often had something to say, and even when he didn't, he could say something that made you think. Music suffered a great loss the day that Lennon died; the night he was tragically murdered. God bless all of his family.

Dec 8, 1997
Melissa (melissa@jibboo.com)
You said it all though not many had ears. You had control of our smiles and our tears. We love you, John. Best wishes as always to Sean and Yoko.

Dec 8, 1997
Janis (glass_onion@hotmail.com)
John, you don't know how much you helped me in life, with your music, and your words. I love you. You make me whole. I hope some day you'll join us, and the world will live as one. may you always be strong, Janis

Dec 8, 1997
Stephanie (Wafflism@AOL.com)
John, I don't know what to say. I miss you man, you're the guy I've always looked up to, the guy who's always seemed on my side. It hurts that you're gone, even seventeen years later. I love you, John! You'll always have a place in my heart. Shine on, Walrus man, Shine on.

Dec 8, 1997
Kate Morris (hellokate@hotmail.com)
I must admit I try to never sign these things because most of the comments are so sappy and pathetic. But I'm going to sign this one for John. Johns whole death was so awful. Everything about it. Besides the fact that it was another field day for the media, it was so incredibly stupid. Why would anyone kill someone so full of life? John was the epitamy of brillance and he had many wonderful years ahead of him. He was taken from us too soon and it was horribly sad. Yet, on this sad day in the hearts of millions of people, we should not be depressed. We should think of John's many accomplishments and be happy for what he contributed to this world. We would all be different without him. I'll see ya John. Peace.

Dec 8, 1997
anomos666 (anomos666@aol.com)
dear john,recently i met the woman of my dreams,we are very much in love."imagine" is our song,thank you for that.and for encouraging peace in our time,you are a musical genius,a modern day poet,a gentle,funny,witty,insightful man,and the world needs more of your kind.i remember that day like it was yesterday.the feelings of shock,saddness remain.wish i got the chance to meet you and thank you for all you`ve done for me,your words touch my soul.and opened my mind.a song changed my life.you know which one we miss you john even though your still here.thank you for being you,i miss you,rest in peace,this is from dark and myself love you,miss you"and in the end,the love you take is equal to the love,you make",p.s. steph says"your great dont ever stop singing"

Dec 8, 1997
FRANKLIN CATAO CASTRO (fcc@uniquindio.edu.co)
Hola jhon han pasado 17 aos desde que no estas, pero te sigo recordando y cada 8 de diciembre seguire sentado todo el dia escuchando tu musica como hasta ahora lo he hecho, seguire viendote en cada video que has hecho. Espero que donde estes sigas cantado y componiendo, TE RECUERDO SIEMPRE!!! DESCANSA EN PAZ DONDE QUIERA QUE ESTES !

Dec 8, 1997
Dan Fredrickson (kippy@snd.softfarm.com)
I Am 15 and wasn't born when he died and I still wonder why he was assasinated. Alot of kids hate the beatles but I don't care they were original and wonderfull as well. I just wish kids would realize peace love and happiness like john tried to give us.

Dec 8, 1997
Lyla Durham (grokky@yahoo.com)
John, I know that I am only 16, and I wasn't even born until March of 1981, but your music has been a significant part of my life for years. I guess that it could be said that i was born a lover of your music. It has been the lullaby that put me to sleep as a baby, and it has comforted me during sad times while making cheery times even happier. The thought that anybody could take your life saddens me. Though this message won't make it to Strawberry Fields, I hope that ( wherever you may be) you know how much your music means to a new generation, as i am not the only one my age to feel the same way. Bless you, John.

Dec 8, 1997
Cyn Lennon4
We love you and miss you terribly John! You'll always be a very special person to me and to the rest of the world! Love you, Cyn

Dec 8, 1997
Katey (fergusons@earthlink.com)
To John, you are my inspiration. A single wavering candle stands below your picture in my room. Merely by living you changed the world and thousands of peoples lives forever. Our thoughts are with Julian and Sean on this sad day. I know that your wish to see Sean come of age that you sang of in 'Beautiful Boy' was never fulfilled, but we will all watch out for him for you. Wherever you are, you are not forgotten. -Katey

Dec 8, 1997
Carolyn (LwottP@AOL.COM)
You know even though I wasn't born those 17 years ago, I was there. I think I and half a million other people miss you terribly. John you were a person we could all look up to. Someone that only comes around every hundred years or so. I know you'd want you're dream to survive, I'm sure many people are willing to help it along. We'll always rememeber you. Peace and Love

Dec 8, 1997
jo
Cher John, Je n'ai jamais vraiment la chance de te connatre de ton vivant car j'tait trop jeune mais j'ai quand mme grandi avec ta musique par mes parents. J'adore tes chansons. Elles sont une source d'inspiration pour moi. jo

Dec 8, 1997
Melanie
John, wherever you are, please know this, you had a wonderful dream of people living together in harmony. If only people would be more open minded! I can't beleive that someone would shoot you for trying to make the world a better place. You are my idol, and biggest inspiration. You're an example to us all. ///0-0\ -Melanie

Dec 8, 1997
carmen milliken
We miss you very much. My heart goes out to Yoko, Sean, and Julian. There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.

Dec 8, 1997
Peaceguy (peaceguy@peaceday.org)
Dearest John, Thanks for pointing me in the right direction so long ago,... Friday, I leave for Santa Barbara, California for a meeting to plan a Millenium Peace concert. If it comes about, I am determined to honor you by getting all the musicians together to sing Give Peace A Chance. Wish me luck fellow Baggists. Peace and Love Always, Peaceguy

Dec 8, 1997
Paul
Still keeping the dream alive..........

Dec 8, 1997
Kimberly R.
I was only 10 years old when he was killed but even then I had alot of lp's of the group and of your solo stuff. in fact 2 days before your untimely death I had gotten your last album. I can't play it anymore for it always cry over how you were killed.The same night you died I was singing in a solo in school and for some strange reason I stop singing forever.I hope you are finally at peace my friend.

Dec 8, 1997
Maharishi Christie (CWalsh2000@aol.com)
Thanks, John, for all you've done for the world. There are many people here who will still keep your spirit alive. I love you.

Dec 8, 1997
Missing John (Btlecrazy@aol.com)
Dearest John, You and I were never alive at the same time since I was born in Feb. 1982. But all the same, I feel you and your presence through your songs, stories, and legacies. My heart goes out to Yoko, Sean, and Julian. I hope that wherever you are, you are still thinking that all we need is love, because you were right and I just want you to know, that I will promote giving peace a chance. All my loving, F.R.

Dec 8, 1997
Maya
My hero's dead. I can't get it through my head... Though it's been so many years, my hero's dead. I can't explain... So much pain.

Dec 8, 1997
Alison Riedel (cjrs_4ever@hotmail.com)
Your never going 2 be forgotton..we all pray for you

Dec 8, 1997
Peter Pap
Miss you...

Dec 8, 1997
Deyanira Blanco (dblanco@gcc.com.mx)
Hi Iam Deyanira from Monterrey, Mexico. Today is unfortunately a very sad for me. I am 18 years old, and John is for me everythin. But he is with us yet, I know it, I would like go to New York to see the Strawberry field and the Dakotas Building. John is only with me in my dreams, when I am working, when I am crying, when I am laughing, he is the love of my life. I love you John, Dont forget me, My complete real love for you....................... I am sorry for my english

Dec 8, 1997
Ivonne Macouzet (Ivonnemac@usa.net)
I can't express the thoughts that are running through my mind and heart. Even though I was born after John Lennon died, I still feel as though I met him by listening to his music. Many people in my generation feel that John Lennon and The Beatles are "has-beens", but frankly I disagree totally with those comments. John Lennon has touched many peoples hearts with his music and philosophies about life itself. I just want to tell him that he has touched my life in a way that I can't explain it. I want and NEED to tell him how much he has influenced my life and wish to thank him even though I know he won't receive it here, in this world, but will surely read this message in Heaven, where he belongs.

Dec 8, 1997
A life you touched...
Wow, what a day, as I sit here listening to Come Together, I am deeply saddened. I was born eight months after John's death, and I feel somewhat cheated by the fact that John was taken away from us. I want to say something meaningful, but the words just won't come to me. All I can say is, John, I miss you every day, it was a profound loss. You were intelligent and your songs have taught me a lot about life. I will continue to listen to your music and tell other people about your dream of peace. John, you may not be with us physically, but you're message lives on in the hearts of everyone you touched. I love you and miss you. Bless you.

Dec 8, 1997
Dan (dobyrne@mindspring.com)
John's concept of Bagism was for people to exchange ideas and know each other through those ideas. Too often appearance dictates how will we receive one another. Isn't this very exchange a technological realization of John's dream? Imagine that!

Dec 8, 1997
Valerie (valleygirl@mailcity.com)
Tears run down my face as I sit here listening to "Give Peace A Chance" thinking of the right words to express how much I miss John everyday. Although I was born just two years shy of that awful night (Im only 15) I felt as if I grew up in those great years of the 60's, because I carry on the Beatle tradition as if I had. I read in a book somewhere that on December 8, 1980, this girl said "I can't believe he's gone. He kept me from dying so many times" and that is exactly how I feel. My life hasn't been the greatest of times lately, and the only thing that can make me feel better is listening to the voice of John Lennon, and his fellow beatles belt out a tune that I know so well. Rest In Peace, John Lennon, I'll you forever and i miss you so much. "Children, don't do what I have done, I couldn't walk and I tried to run, So I got to tell you, Goodbye goodbye" All you need is love... //o-o\

Dec 8, 1997
anonymous
John Lennon's dead, I can't get it through my head Though it's been so many years, John Lennon's dead I can't explain, so much pain. I could never show it John Lennon's dead. Bye,John

Dec 8, 1997
Sky
JOHN, WE MISS YOU!!! You will never die, for you will always be in people's hearts, FOREVER. John was a flower... :)

Dec 8, 1997
Emily (ejp@the-beatles.com)
I sit here, and I think about John, and I keep thinking, Why???Why did this wonderful man that we all love so much have to be taken from us? I don't think there is anyone who has made such an impact on my life as John. If only he were still here.He was so young, and at the happiest point of his life. I guess I just want to say, John, I love you and miss you very much. I wish more than anything that you were still with us.

Dec 8, 1997
Michelle (sparrow@gte.net)
I was born 2 years after John passed on. Music has such a way of letting you into someones soul, I feel as if I've known John personally all my life. Only his physical body is gone, his being remains in his music and our hearts.

Dec 8, 1997
Sofa G.Q.
John s que era un tipazo. Simepre ser recordado por lo que hizo, y por lo que dijo, todas esas cosas irreales y de una importancia tan grande que nos hace recordar nuestros propios sueos. John siempre fue universal y siempre lo ser, si alguien pudo en este siglo hacer por un momento que el mundo fuera slo uno, fue l. Fue un 8 de Diciembre de 1980 de una forma increblemente cruel, pero lo hizo. Gente tan genial como Lennon siempre ser una pena perderlos. Adios Jonnhy, y buena suerte...

Dec 8, 1997
Ricky
Hey John! You always seemed to want to do more for the people.. Which you did. You were a martyr on Monday, December 8th of 1980. I wasn't born, but I am one of the deeply touched fans.. God Bless you, Mr. Lennon. And thanks........

Dec 8, 1997
Nina (paullyanna@rocketmail.com)
I love you John-- what you were, what you stood for, and what you'll always be in my eyes. RIP!

Dec 8, 1997
Sarah Smith (sarah.smith@virgin.net)
And we all shine on... Like the moon and the stars and the sun... Thank you for your wonderful life. I was only 1 year old when u died, but I love everything u did... I Love you xxxxx Imagine... Sarah Smith, South Yorkshire, England Age 18

Dec 8, 1997
Phil (Mighty_Galactus@webtv.net)
I was only 14 years old when he was i heard the news of his death. It broke my heart. It's hard to believe this happen 17 years ago, seems like yesterday.

Dec 8, 1997
Kathy (dutchessofk@hotmail.com)
Seventeen years ago, a mad man took away one of the greatest things to happen to the twentieth century...Sweet John, I miss you and love you. Your music, your words have touched me in a way that nothing else ever has. Just listening to your songs has made me a better, more compassionate human being. When everything is going badly, all I have to do is listen to a Beatles song and I feel better. You helped me discover the magic of music and even the magic of life...THANK YOU!! Seventeen years ago, your body left the earth but your spirit will be with us always. //o-o\ Lennon Forever...

Dec 8, 1997
Tara Bradford (dearestprudence@hotmail.com)
John Lennon has touched the lives of so many, even my own. This may be the anniversary of his murder, but he can never really die as long as we keep him alive in our hearts and pass his legacy on to future generations.

Dec 8, 1997
Rodrigo Martinez Rangel (rodrigo-martinez@usa.net)
The biggest musician in the world with a long and winding road, walkin ever in our minds.Thank God

Dec 8, 1997
Esther (r.malo@orbit.qc.ca)
John wasn't a god but a man who said the true and who was himself.He was a incredible poet and musician.Today, december 8th,i remember John with all my heart and i think i don't need more word to say i love him and i respect him for what he made and what he was. Forever John, Esther xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Dec 8, 1997
LENKA
It's been now 17 years since John was killed. All I can say is "IMAGINE" John's alive. We miss you.

Dec 8, 1997
Shannon (breenia@geocities.com)
John, Thank you for all your positive outlooks on life. Your music will always touch me. I love you and I hope doing fine up there in heaven. How's Elvis?? chuckle. Anyways, you are my inspiration. You are such a brilliant person and will always be remembered. I love you! Love, Shannon

Dec 8, 1997
Kelli/Supersonic (supersonic@skyenet.net)
John i love ya like there's no fuckin tomorrow man. Keep on smilin and shaggin em rotten okay? Luv, kel

Dec 8, 1997
Bernardo A. Rodriguez Salcedo (bars@hotmail.com)
John, siempre estaras en nuestros corazones. Para toda la vida. Alli esta la evidencia de que tus canciones lograron lo que mil guerras no han podido hacer. Bien lo dijiste hace ya bastantes aos: todo lo que necesitamos es amor. Descansa en paz.

Dec 8, 1997
Ocean Child (dino@webzone.net)
It is comforting to know I am not the only person thinking of John today. He is still alive in my mind and heart. I choked up reading everyone's thoughts and feelings. He brought so much joy and inspiration to us all. He would truly be amazed how long his legacy has gone on and will continue to endure. I am also glad to see the kind thoughts for Yoko and John's sons. We all put aside any bad feelings towards her and remember her loss is greater than all of ours combined. John taught me about what true love is and that it doesn't matter if you are not perfect. Love is real.... My comforting thought about John is that he is sitting in heaven having coffee and cigarettes with those he lost too soon in his lifetime. He and Stu had a lot to catch up on.

Dec 8, 1997
John Molinari
Winston; We'll never forget you. It's a fucking dark world without you, but I'll tell you what. They thought they won. They thought they could take you out and no one would get in the way of their new world order. But they were wrong! Your words ring true now more than ever and the powers of the 80s are nothing but cynical impotent, incontinent, senial and out of work old men. We'll never forget your message. We grow in numbers as your influence continues! We know the truths they try to hide! We'll keep shining the light in their beds! We're out there shouting Power to thre People ! Love will conquer, you were right! You live on forever, while those who tried to silence you are the Living Dead. We will always remember you. You made the world better!

Dec 8, 1997
Jen McDermott (jen@rli-net.net)
I have but one thing to say: thank you, John.

Dec 8, 1997
Elijah Olson (mr_sucker@hotmail.com)
I sit here on the computer listening to the John Lennon Collection and just think of how much the world needs your voice right now.You had something good to say and if not that then it was always a song to pleasently take our mind off our troubles for at least four minutes.All this music we got today has a meaningless thought put into it and and nothing helping the world.Always about heartache or criminalism.you taught us that we help ourselves to help eachother.Well your up with your idols Buddy Holly and Elvis say hi to em for me.when i get up to heaven you gotta give us a concert of yours.Possibly a beatle reunion.take care Johnny.

Dec 8, 1997
Bobby O'Brien (lennon@givepeaceachance.com)
Imagine.

Dec 8, 1997
abby (abbyroadme@aol.com)
John, Though you were gone before I was born. You will be remembered in our hearts now and forever!!! MISS YA!! Luv, Abby

Dec 8, 1997
Tim Trumpy
John, Although I never knew you, everyday I wish I did. Your words and your actions were very powerful, and in a way they speak for all of us. Thank you for what you did, thank you for who you were, thank you for what you belived in. I love you, and miss you very much. Tim

Dec 8, 1997
avril
John you are deeply missed by all the world. I still can't believe you're gone. I hope you left with fond memories of your time on earth, especially those of your dear friends, Paul, Ringo and George. Would you do it all differently if you had another chance? Sometimes you don't know what you got till it's gone. I love you forever John. Take care.

Dec 8, 1997
A Devoted Fan
All though I was born after John's death, his music will live forever within me. He is my ultimate hero

Dec 8, 1997
Tony Gentilcore (rushmac@starnetinc.com)
John, as you rest in peace you will always be remebered.... You were an innocent one. Death of an Innocent I went to a party, Mom, I remembered what you said. You told me not to drink, Mom, so I drank soda instead. I really felt proud inside, Mom, the way you said I would. I didn't drink and drive, Mom, even though the others said I should. I know I did the right thing, Mom, I know you are alway right. Now the party is finally ending, Mom, as everyone is driving out of sight. As I got into my car, Mom, I know I'd get home in one piece. Because of the way you raised me, so responsible and sweet. I started to drive away, Mom, but as I pulled out into the road, the other car didn't see me, Mon, and hit me like a load. As I lay there on the pavement, Mom, I hear the policeman say, the other guy is drunk, Mom, and now I'm the one who will pay. I'm lying here dying, Mom...I wish you'd get here soon. How could this happen to me, Mom? My life just burst like a balloon. There is blood all around me, Mom, and most of it is mine. I hear the medic say, Mom, I'll die in a short time. I just wanted to tell you, Mom, I swear I didn't drink. It was the others, Mom. The others didn't think. He was probably at the same party as I. The only difference is, he drank and I will die. Why do people drink, Mom? It can ruin your whole life. I'm feeling sharp pains now. Pains just like a knife. The guy who hit me is walking, Mom, and I don't think its fair. I'm lying here dying and all he can do is stare. Tell my brother not to cry, Mom. Tell Daddy to be brave. And when I go to heaven, Mom, put "Daddy's Girl" on my grave. My breath is getting shorter, Mom. I'm becoming very scared. Please don't cry for me, Mom. When I needed you, you were always there. I have one last question, Mom, before I say good bye. I didn't drink and drive, so why am I the one to die?

Dec 8, 1997
john ferguson (jferguso@cadvision.com)
Even after 17 years it hurts like it was yesterday. I can still remember being asked 2 days before "If you could be ANYONE in the world who would you want to be?" and I said John Lennon, without even a thought. "Why?"I was asked "Because I can't think of a single person who has contributed so much joy to the world" was my reply 2 days later the joy, and an enormous part of my youth, innnocence, ability to trust people, and faith died with john outside the Dakota. I get tears in my eyes even now. God bless you John. I know you are out there...Across the Universe somewhere.

Dec 8, 1997
Scott (Scott.D.Phillips.38@nd.edu)
John, Thankyou for the silliness in the film "HELP" ("Aw, why don't ya just chop it off Ringo!") and for the mind-opening experiences of "Strawberry Fields" and countless others. And thankyou for teaching me to never Hide my Love Away. Imagine if we could all Come Together and Give Peace A Chance! Scott

Dec 8, 1997
Brenda (ABeatleTot@aol.com)
Oh, I thought it might be easy, to sit in front of my computer and tell the world what John Lennon means to me, but now I know I've proven myself wrong. John Lennon means discovery. When I first heard his music, it really filled a spot in my life. Whether he was with The Beatles or not, whenever I heard him I felt better. John came to me at a point in my life when things were going really badly. My friend was terminally ill with cancer, and it struck me hard. John Lennon means non-conformity. And he proved it was a good thing, too! But most importantly, John Lennon symbolizes a generation where peace and love were what was important, and where drugs were taken to discover the world, not to hide from it. I love him, and while it's a simple and generic thing to say, is the best way to describe it, but I'm sure you all understand.

Dec 8, 1997
Chris McIntyre (amazing_bob@hotmail.com)
What a day. I just got back from Strawberry Feilds in Central Park. John, you'll be happy to know that your influence means just as much today as it ever did. As I stood there, I could feel you there. I knew that you're all around us, somehow. I can't begin to describe how you've changed my life. But now you're gone, and we're all left here to imagine...

Dec 8, 1997
kenn washer (severus@monad.net)
John, while everyone was outside... stunned by the news of your death, I was home, alone, inside my apartment... crying, and writing a song for you. Here I sit, 17 years later, and I am crying once again. At least i've finally, these past few days, gotten up the nerve to share the song I wrote by putting it up on a website. I'll forever miss you. To honor the Bagism web sites' request for no html markup, I have left the code out of this message, so you will have to retype it into your browser if you are interested. The song is at top.monad.net/~severus/atomic3d/index.html#music Please note that my song is not for sale or commercial use or anything like that. Only John's fans may copy and do what they like with it... free of course.

Dec 8, 1997
Kirsten St. Clair (Beatlefr3k@aol.com)
Dear John, Theres so much I can say, but most not just in words. I can't start to describe the feelings your music and voice give me and how much they really touch me. I can some it up in 6 words by saying, *I Love You John Ono Lennon* and just kick back listen to your wonderful music, read a great poem or story written by you and crie my eyes out. What you and Yoko promoted and did was great, you guys symbolised the meaning of Love and Peace for generations to come. And still the magic is there. We love you, you live in our hearts forever John! Peace and Love, Kirsten St. Clair

Dec 8, 1997
Stephen
I'm so tired, and nothing makes much sense anymore. But when I hear Lennon's music, his voice, then I find that I can still be a dreamer.

Dec 8, 1997
Anne (allo7oll@hotmail.com)
Oh John, what can I say, what can anyone say to really show what we are feeling? You mean so much to me, to all of us, too much for you to ever know. Just thank you, John, thank you for everything you and Yoko have done for the world. For the poems, the drawings, the witty comments, the laughter, the tears, the MUSIC, and most of all, the PEACE. I only wish more people would listen to your cry, not just hear you, but really listen. And in memory of you we try our best to live your beautiful message and to pass it on. Tonight I will light a candle for you and Imagine. I love you, John Lennon. Anne.

Dec 9, 1997
M
I miss you John, but I can never forget you. Your music gives me both happy and sad memories. Thank you.

Dec 9, 1997
Winston Caldwell (wsc3227@edge.net)
I followed you throughout my life. I tried my best to get it right. But then you left I was alone. I did'nt know the time had come. So many words I had to say. Somewhere before another day. No way to turn the hands of time. Old memories fade as days go by. (Wait on me please, I can't run no faster.) You taught me things I'd never known. I always had some where to go. While others race through life with haste. You gave me time to find my place. I saw your strength as you grew old. Still writing stories yet untold. The words were real and gave you life. A lantern burns beyond the night. I feel a change a new days come. And somethings lost forever gone. But through this loss I shall proclaim. Another day to be attained. For what is gained if all I find. Are flowers from another time. And what is real has been passed on. You were the gift you are the songs. (Wait on me please, I can't run no faster.) Tomorrow never comes. We miss you John.

Dec 9, 1997
Todd Engle (c714390@showme.missouri.edu)
John, I can't believe it's been 17 years. I can't believe I first was a fan only a year ago. The videos of Hey Jude and Two of Us turned me into a fan. Then I got my first Beatles CD.... what can I say? You're still a better artist than 99% of the people that come out today. Still today, after 27 years, the Beatles are still popular. And 17 years after you were taken, you are still remembered. That defines greatness. Almost all music can touch individuals, but yours touches generations. It stands the test of time. That is proof that your still with us. As long as the immortal first chords of Imagine are playing somewhere on this Earth, you will not be forgotten. You are remembered. You got at least one more fan over the past year. The music lives on..... what more can be said? Rest in Peace John. You are loved. --Todd Engle

Dec 9, 1997
John H (willieD187@aol.com)
Um, should I address this to John? Ok, uh... John? I feel that if somehow Mr. Lennon could hear all of these comments, he would feel greatly flattered. But, don't you think he would kind of laugh at some of this? Dont get me wrong, but we are making this seem like Dec. 8 1980 was the sequel of jesus christ dying on the cross, do you think? He has been my idol for my whole life, but i feel that he would think that we are taking all of this a little too far. It was just some words, that already existed, that he repeated and wrote down on paper, with Paul. Just a big pile of words, he selected some, grabed them, put them in his own order, layed them out, and people think that John Lennon is some kind of saint. Please, dont anyone take this the wrong way, but I know that I myself have heard of some suicides that took place, and the motive being because their life was empty without John, or they had no purpose of movivg on with their life, if John wasn't alive. People, if you were a beatles fan, and knew a little on how John feels, (not that I know everything) wouldn't you think that John might feel that all of that is a little ridiculous? Imagine that...

Dec 9, 1997
Sergey (from Russia) (serbian@chat.ru)
John! You still alive in our hearts and minds. You made a revolution in the world with a little help of your friends and your music. A very Merry Xmas, And a happy New Year, And you is the best one, - ! ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE & PEACE

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