Bagism: Library

John Lennon Remembered -- Page 1


Most of us never met John Lennon or really knew him outside of his public persona. But even 18 years after his tragic death, it still hurts. For many, losing John was like losing a family member or dear friend. And while life must go on after such a loss, there is no shame in remembering...

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Dec 7, 1998
Terri (misslily@rocketmail.com)
Harare, Zimbabwe
I still feel very sad when I think of how John was taken away from his family, friends and fans, in the prime of his life and music. Not a day goes by that he isn't thought about or mentioned in my home. I know December 8 is a difficult day for all his fans, but let's not forget how Yoko, Sean, Julian and the rest of his family and close friends must feel on this black day. You are truly missed, John.....your memory lives forever......Imagine

Dec 7, 1998
JSL
New Jersey
It is a shame that one of this century's greatest figures had to be taken away from the world so soon under such tragic circumstances. John Lennon may be gone in the physical sense, but even 18 years later his spirit lives on through his music with The Beatles and as a solo artist. Sadly we'll never know what could've been, had the events of December 8, 1980 never taken place.

Dec 7, 1998
Christian
Live forever John.

Dec 7, 1998
Jacqui (jlm@ar.com.au)
Sydney, Australia
You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one, I hope someday you will join us, and the world may live as ONE. Imagine no heaven, no hell, no religion, no possesions, no greed, no hunger, no killing. Imagine living for today. One man started the dream, and was taken for it. May we all keep his dream alive. Love and peace to all who remember John on this day and always.

Dec 7, 1998
Billy (tse_billy@hotmail.com)
HK
MISS YOU

Dec 7, 1998
Jon Kuhlman
Toledo, Oh (currently deployed to the persian gulf )
We miss you John.

Dec 7, 1998
Anna Carolina Fagundes (Anna of the fiel
São Paulo, Brazil
Thank you for all the joy you've given to us...one thing is for sure, we will never forget.

Dec 7, 1998
Joolz (julies@bilk.ac.uk)
Bradford, UK
Hey John, how can I miss you when you sing to me everyday ? You're a top bloke ! Love you lots //0-0\ Joolz

Dec 7, 1998
Craig Schroeder aka Sir Egg (OneWorld@erols.com)
All the World
I was 27 years old on that fateful day. There's no way to properly express the loss I felt that day. I lost a brother in music, a personal hero. I passed that night with a fellow Beatle fanatic and we stayed up all night playing your music and drowning our sorrow in vodka. I attended the candlelight vigil on the museum steps in Philadelphia with thousands beside me and I wept like a baby, as I felt your spirit truly pass in time. The years have passed but that day will always be burned in my memory as a marker in my life. This is the third year now, that this date has passed since I discovered a place called "Bagism" on the internet. The internet is Bagism as John and Yoko defined it. Here, John and Yoko's "experiment" plays out on a daily basis. It's hardly ideal, but it is an ongoing work in progress, just like people are. We ALL are works in progress. John made us think about things like that. Yes, we miss him, but we are alive and we still are trying to live our dreams Maybe someday we'll achieve our ideals, Maybe someday John's ideals will be attained. Reflect people!!!! Who do you think you are??? A Super Star? Well, right you are!!!! Shine on brothers and sisters!!!! Shine on John!!!!!! Peace to All

Dec 7, 1998
Tiffaney (mystic_dragon7@hotmail.com)
Rock Springs, Wyoming
I am only 17 years old, I wasnt even born when John passed away and yet around this time every year I feel as though I lost a dear friend. John will live forever in my heart through his music and the apperences he made on television. I LOVE YOU JOHN LENNON!!!!

Dec 7, 1998
Maxine
I love and miss you, John.

Dec 7, 1998
Tim
And so another year goes by. We're all growing older. I was in my early 20's when John died. And now, I'm almost exactly the same age he was when he was killed. And I can tell you, 40 years doesn't seem like a very long time to be on this earth. Yeah, John had a very full life. But, it was also a very short one. I guess that must be some kind of a trade off? The remaining Beatles are nearly in their 60's now. God, is that possible? And Paul has felt another terrible loss this past year. He probably could have used a phone call from John. He probably would have been the first to call him I don't doubt. Some kind words from an old, dear friend. Yoko IS a senior citizen. Sean is grown. Julian is nearing 40 himself. Time is a fleeting thing for sure. I know that 18 years has zoomed by! And yet, I still mourn John. Maybe I'm mourning my lost youth. I feel in some ways a part of my youth did die prematurely with John that Dec. night. I know I felt a lot less optimistic about things after that. To those who say we're wrong for "celebrating" Dec. 8th I would say, you don't understand. We aren't "Celebrating" anything. We are remembering a very real loss. And even today, it still hurts. Yes, I have lost members of my own family. And it hurt incredibly! But, at least I got to tell them how much they meant to me when they were alive. We couldn't tell John that. So when he died,I think a lot of us wished we could have told him. How could we love a man we had never even met you ask? Maybe for the music he made with the Beatles and Solo? Maybe it was the way he changed the direction of our youth, and by doing that our lives? Maybe it was for his wit and courage to be himself? Maybe it as simple as we just knew a lovable rogue when we saw one? John WAS one of us. A great one no doubt, but one of us all the same. Like he said; "We ALL shine on!" That's one thing you have to love about him. He was constantly being told how special he was, and all he wanted to do was tell us he wasn't any better than the rest of us. Whatever it was that made us love him, we did. And that's what counts. I suspect most of us will be looking backwards every Dec. 8th til the day we die. We lost a family member that day...a much loved, respected, and missed member of the HUMAN family. Peace be with you Johnny.

Dec 7, 1998
Jessica
USA
Many outsiders question us John/Beatle fans as to why, Almost 20 years after your tragic death we will never let your memory die; Because of you this world was a better place for a short while, You filled many faces with a loving and hopeful smile; Filled our minds,radios,and homes with peace,love and hope, when some of us just seemed at the end of our rope; Today as we start to venture into the new millenia with wide eyed, No one can ever take from us, bury, or disguise that you had never really died; You left us a legacy to pass on, and celebrate forever, We will never forget you John Winston Ono Lennon...never.;

Dec 7, 1998
Karen Ralphs (ellie.ralphs@which.net)
Merseyside, ENGLAND
The physical pain of losing you is still as great as it was that horrible day when the incredulous news was broken on our local radio station by a weeping DJ, who in earlier years had shared such special days on the Cavern stage with you. Oh how I wish you were still with us today. We love and miss you John. We wil keep your Liverpool legacy burning forever. God bless you!

Dec 7, 1998
Rich (Sgt Pepper) (born2bwild@dial.pipex.com)
Luton, UK
Well, here we go again.... I don't think I can really add anything else to what I wrote here last year, but I'll just say - John, I miss ya, you're the best and you're gonna Live Forever. Keep on rockin'

Dec 7, 1998
PennyLane (angel_sky@hotmail.com)
Pennsylvania
What can I say to you, John? From the moment you came into my life when I was 13, I was changed forever. Your music and message has touched a part of me that no one else ever has. It filled a void and pulled me out of a serious depression. Even though I never found you till after your physical death, you became a part of me. I love you John. People may laugh at me for it, they may mock my tears, but you will live forever in my heart and your music. Me and your thousands of other fans will never forget you. We mourn the loss while we celebrate your remarkable life. Imagine on, John.

Dec 7, 1998
samanthajo (calico_skies@hotmail.com)
you have always been a part of my life. you influenced the woman i am today. i know you probably wouldn't want us to cry and carry on, but sometimes we do. through me and the millions of others you've touched, you'll live forever. i love you, john! sammie

Dec 7, 1998
Jessica Kubiske (x97kubiske1@wmich.edu)
Kalamazoo MI USA
The power that John Lennon's message of peace and love still carries among his fans 18 years after he was taken from us is a fantastic testament to the great man he was. He will be forever loved by those who let his dream of a world without hate into their hearts. Shine on!

Dec 7, 1998
Ashley
Sewell, New Jersey, USA
John, Ugh this day has come around again. When we all remember the day when music died. But, every other day we think about your music, the peace you once spread and what you did for others. You gave us hope that someday there will be world peace. We still have that hope today. Thanks for everything, we miss you always

Dec 7, 1998
Mariana
Brazil
John, I think I don't need to say anything. You know what we all feel, and I'm sure you're watching us here. I hope you know that you did a good work on Earth. Do it good on Heaven either. Love ya.

Dec 7, 1998
joanna
Anywhere
It's amazing to read all these beautiful comments. John, I was born 14 years ago and got into your music this year, but I will always miss you and I know you're watching over all of us and I want you to know that you have influenced millions in many ways. Love you and Live Forever

Dec 7, 1998
Ana Maria Maya
Imaginai um mundo sem medo...Lennon vive em todos nós!

Dec 7, 1998
Chloe
Thank You.

Dec 7, 1998
PlasticOnoBand (oktv@rocketmail.com)
Strawberry Fields, CA
(an excerpt from the Anthology Review...) To me, a person growing up just a few years behind the Beatles, but still always aware of their music since I was in kindergarten, the Beatles were what life was, learning, growing, creating. As time went on, each Beatle developing into individuals, I too, saw this is how the world works. As John, Paul, George, and Ringo went on their own paths, I coped with the change by their simple words of “Let It Be”. When someone knocked on my door and said someone just shot John Lennon, I said “No They Didn’t”, even before they finished their sentence. When they firmly repeated it, I turned my head away, as tunnel vision sucked the walls away from me, and I became instantly dizzy. I was thinking to myself how dark the whole world had just become. (I must confess, as I write this,tears filled my eyes and I had to stop for a bit...even 18 years later!) The Devil had instantly plunged us all into a Dark Hell because mankind couldn’t handle a man of truth, peace, and love. If history is to have a second coming of the Dark Ages, they will judge to them to have began December 8, 1980. John was no saint, he was human, he did things we all do. But he did more. He new his celebrity attracted attention and he used this for good cause, the things that most people won’t or can’t talk about. His loud and clear message, a voice above all voices, rang with the messages of “love is the answer” “love is real” “real is love”. And he also said “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” and “Help” and “Beautiful Boy” This is to remember a master story teller, weaving an expression of the meaning of life for anyone who would care to listen. This was his role, whether before the masses or in the audience of a small child. This was John Lennon.

Dec 7, 1998
Joel Nanni
Canada
The years keep going by, but we'll never forget the amazing music John Lennon made and the influence he had on our culture. Thank you, John. For everything.

Dec 7, 1998
Jonathan Thomas (champthom@webtv.net)
I think December 8,1980 was truly the die rock and roll died.

Dec 7, 1998
Mat Zarolinski (mzaro4@hotmail.com)
Pittsfield, ME, USA
If You could only be, and abstract wait and see. What else could we be but everything. And if you fly away and leave the world to blame, what else could you know but the worst of it. We all shine on, but few shine brighter.

Dec 7, 1998
Mr JeeVee (jeevee1@yahoo.com)
Bogotá, Colombia
I wasn't around on Dec 8,1980. I was born half a year later. I've been a Beatles fan for three years. But, believe me, this day hurts. It is a wierd day. It's a catholic holiday, the Inmaculate Conception, which we celbrate with special candles the night before (tonight) and no school or work on the day itself. And I can't help relating those candles of happiness with the ones of mourning outside the Dakota on Dec. 9. Truly, a tragedy. But even those who were not aropund then remember. PS: Never, NEVER should you-now-who be let out of jail.

Dec 7, 1998
Kristin Turberville (lennon4@hotmail.com)
PA, USA
I was never alive when John Lennon was....but he's definately made one of the biggest impacts on my life than anything else. Thanks John. :)

Dec 7, 1998
Lucie (amlpssck@aol.com)
It was a splendid life, my dear. I am glad I was able to see a bit of it.

Dec 7, 1998
Lisa (lennonslove@rocketmail.com)
New Zealand
You'll live on within the hearts of your fans John. I know you do in mine. We'll remember that message you brought which was so important and try to see it through.

Dec 7, 1998
Katie (crazie_54@hotmail.com)
not here
We all love you. I'd like to think of Dec. 8 as, not the day you left us, but the day you moved on. You went to a new world. You had a strong, beautiful spirit that was finally able to be free. Free as a bird. That spirit also lives on in our hearts, our minds and in the songs that you taught us that we will always sing, for you. We love you and we miss you. And wherever you are now we hope that you've found peace and happiness.

Dec 7, 1998
Jules (bmacd@dynamite.com.au)
Australia
Thankyou John Thankyou John Thankyou John Thankyou John for that music, that written work, for that art, for that mind. Remember you always, and hope to see your son in concert soon. Love, Jules

Dec 7, 1998
American Night (american_night@hotmail.com)
Harrah, Oklahoma, USA
I've read the rest of the comments left here, and it's amazing -- people from all over the world are leaving their messages to John. I hope he can read them -- I know he'd love that. While we really haven't gotten any closer to world peace in the 18 years that John has been away...maybe we're even getting further and further from it...the message of hope that John spread while he was alive still remains. John showed us that one person can make a difference. I like to call what John and Yoko did "PR for peace"...In a sense, that's what it was. They showed us that everyone can do something for peace -- stay in bed for a week and don't do anything...just do it to draw attention to non-violent solutions. I've heard Yoko put up the old "Happy Christmas, War is Over..." signs this year. I'm so glad. Maybe they'll motivate people to do something...anything...to promote peace. As long as we continue his fight for peace, we can keep John's memory alive. Happy Christmas, John. We love you and miss you.

Dec 7, 1998
Laura
Pittsburgh, PA
John, I don't know if words can say at all what I'm feeling. You are here. You always will be.I guess we can't forget it. Noone can. Although the actual body is gone, you are here. The music is here. If you could only see how much you are still doing to effect our world. Yoko released an anthology of all your works. It's beautiful and everything you would have wanted it to be. I guess Linda is with ya. After all is said and done in 1998 you're jamming with Mac's wife. Wow. The way irony works.1998 was a great year for your son. He released a fabulous album. You'd be so proud. More tomarrow, darling. Love Always, Laura

Dec 7, 1998
growing star (areijix@hotmail.com)
thanx John!!!You changed my life forever...ROCK'N',ROLL!!!!!!

Dec 7, 1998
Dave Beckner
Well John you are surely missed. I dont know what else to say but it is pretty amazing that you still make good albums even after you die. A box set that is better than most bands new releases including Paul's last album. But the question remains Johnnie, are you personally going to see these posts oh well, "when in doubt, fuck it." see ya someday.

Dec 7, 1998
joanna
I forgot to say Thanks. Rock On!

Dec 7, 1998
Jamin Dean (super911@hotmail.com)
Tampa, FL USA
always in my memory, terror and sadness...but fully, i'm so glad your message was made. peace on earth and peace to you and all you love. jamin dean http://members.tripod.com/~slennon

Dec 7, 1998
Jen
Crap Town, U.S.A.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down and, a time to build up. A time to weap, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. -Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

Dec 7, 1998
Laura W (tomw@coredcs.com)
Plover, WI USA
John- Although I never was alive during your life, you still play an important role in my life and the lives of others. A man may have silenced your body of December 8, no one can silence your voice. You will always be missed. Laura

Dec 7, 1998
Amanda
MA
I was going to go to New York tomorrow to see the place where the angel of my life was taken away from me.But I cant miss a day of school(my parents wont let me). I may not have been born until 4 years after he passed away, but he is such an incredible person. He has changed my life in so many ways. I love you John, and I know you're still looking over us all. Your beautiful voice will always be with us, love you.

Dec 7, 1998
Karen (karen_beth65@yahoo.com)
Bristol, VA
"It just was a gradual development over the years. I mean last year was 'all you need is Love.' This year, it's 'all you need is Love and peace, baby.' Give peace a chance, and remember Love. The only hope for us is peace. Violence begets violence. You can have peace as soon as you like if we all pull together. You're all geniuses, and you're all beautiful. You don't need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you'll get it as soon as you like." - John Lennon

Dec 7, 1998
Keljo Nonnel (eclecticjohn@hotmail.com)
Orem, Utah, USA
I find myself in you. //oo\

Dec 7, 1998
Robyn (peace4lennon@hotmail.com)
MA
You're always in my heart, John. Your music will always make me think, live, realize, dance, love, sing, and be. Peace always come first. I LOVE YOU ~Love, Robyn

Dec 7, 1998
Ivonne (nowhere_girl40@hotmail.com)
Texas
How can I put my feelings into words...I don't believe there is any that are suitable for what you did. You changed so much in such little time. I can only imagine what the world would be like if you were here today. So many people were deprived of living in a world that had you in it....a time when you fought for things...things that had value, and things that have become reality today; in a world that suffers depression and sorrow. You helped so many people through difficlut times, even now people are getting through their hardest times just by listening to your words. I, myself have overcome many things by your music and beliefs. John Lennon, you changed the way people thought back then and the way people are thinking today. Your legacy lives on and will remain even through the years. There will never be someone like you again, I agree with the many people who have said it. John Winston Ono Lennon was a unique person, someone that had a purpose in this world and indeed proved to be one of a kind. Your spirit lives within us and I will always remember what you gave us, what you have given us...and what you will continue to give. I love you John Lennon... *Peace and Love* Ivonne Macouzet

Dec 7, 1998
Deanna Howarth (Abbey) (sistrgimpy@hotmail.com)
East Rockaway NY USA
Dear John, We miss ya down here, but you live on in your music. Give Peace a Chance! Love, Deanna PS-My thoughts go out to Yoko, Sean, Julian and family

Dec 7, 1998
Carly Worland (drowse317@hotmail.com)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Where to begin? John touched the lives of so many people, and he's not an easily forgotten man. His quest for peace still lives on, through his music, his writings, his life. He wasn't just a Beatle, he was also a wonderful man, who is sorely missed, and always will be. Some day, we all will join him, and the world can then live as one.

Dec 7, 1998
Miles
Give peace a chance and remember John

Dec 7, 1998
Angie (groovie_chic67@yahoo.com)
OH
I love John.. You will always be with me, and I pray to you every night. I look up to you like a god. Maybe someday, when I die, I will get to see you. I LOVE YOU ~ANGIE~

Dec 7, 1998
Anastasio Cortes
Merida, Mexico
and He still shines on...

Dec 7, 1998
Maryann
Michigan
I still miss him as much today as I did 18 years ago. The pain never goes away. I will never forget the morning that I found out he died. I remember everything very clearly. I had just gotten up for school (10th grade) and my mother told me he was shot and killed. My heart just sank. I cried and cried, then I went numb. I had to go to school that day. Being only 16 years old at the time, I didn't know how to handle the pain. I had loved the Beatles for 3 years up to that point. During the late 70's, the "reunion" issue was a very big thing (even though it still is now, it was different back then). When John died, the Beatles died. It's hard to explain this to younger fans. As a result of John's death, I subconsciously separated myself from everything that had to do with the Beatles from that point on. It was too painful to deal with at the time. Sometimes, I think this separation was a blessing in disguise. I don't think I would have had a very easy time finishing high school and college. This separation lasted for about 12 years. I was traveling on business, and there was a special on Paul on MTV. They showed old Beatles clips. I broke down in my hotel room. Today, I still miss John more than anything. It's not so much the Beatles issue anymore. It's the fact that he died too young, Yoko lost a husband, and Julian & Sean lost a father. We also lost the best musician that ever lived.

Dec 7, 1998
Ron
JOHN LENNON FOREVER!

Dec 7, 1998
Sarah (maniac219@hotmail.com)
Michigan
Johnny, You showed me the world now show me a smile, hide the fear inside, and be happy for awhile, don't forget how much I loved you, don't forget you loved us too, people show love in all different ways. I wish you could be here just one more day. Come on, Johnny, show me a smile, show me the peace inside your heart, you showed us your love and that's a start, now come on Johnny and show us a smile Johnny, dry that tear, we loved you for more than just eight years, God sent us a dove of peace, much more than just a press release, we won't forget the love you shared if you won't forget how much we cared you made us sing, you made us dance, you made us beleive. Give peace a chance. Come on, Johnny, show me a smile, show me the peace inside your heart, you showed us your love and that's a start, now come on Johnny and show us a smile

Dec 7, 1998
Alissa (GlitterAl@Aol.Com)
member of the human race
12-07-98 John, It is very hard to say goodbye to you, but I guess I really shouldn't. Instead I will say "hello" (I don't know why I'd say goodbye, I say hello). And I look forward to meeting you in the far future, on a higher plain. But for now I will tell you that I thank you for coming into my life, and thank you for you. I willl be thinking of you all day tomorrow, and I will be wearing my Imagine shirt. But when I am thinking of you, I will mourn, but mostly I will be thinking of all the wonderful things you brought into my life, and into the lives of many others. There is no way to explain how much we all love you, John! We will all stand by you and we will never forget you. Your spirit lives on forever. Although you will never read this, I know that you listened, and I know that you are right here with me always. Alissa (and Janette, Dave, Anastasia, and Cookie)

Dec 7, 1998
Bernardo Quiroga
Rainbow City
"Tomorrow Never Knows", so "Remember" to "Give Peace A Chance", and "Wait" 'til we all "Come Together" with John's peaceful message. "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night", take a bit of your "Borrowed Time" and "Make Love Not War". "Nobody Told Me" his music was so beautiful, and the day "I Found Out" it, I felt all those "Mind Games" slipping thru my soul. "All You Needed Was Love", that proves "Baby, You're A Rich Man", a really wealthy person, wealthy in "Love". Pitifully, there is "Not A Second Time" to meet you, but I hope "It Won't Be Long" 'til God sends us another "Nowhere Man" like you. Thank you for your careness, and don't forget we love you. "God" "Bless You", "Dear John".

Dec 7, 1998
Ship (ShipOfoolz@aol.com)
The sunshine state
What Hunter wrote sums it all up I think. From Down the Road: Driving down to Fiddler's Green to hear a tune or two, I thought I saw John Lennon there, Looking kind of blue. I sat down beside him, said "I thought you bought the store" He said "I heard that rumor what can I do you for?" "Have you written anything I might have Never heard?" He picked up his guitar and strummed a minor thrid. All I can recall of what he sang, for what it's worth: "Long as songs of mine are sung I'm with you on this Earth" I'll sing those songs as long as I'm on this Earth,.

Dec 7, 1998
Laura Astorian
Atlanta, GA, USA
I wasn't even born when John died (I was born a year after), but it still feels like I lost someone close to me. I know that seems odd to those who do not know John or his music, but to those of us who do- to those of us who his music has touched- it's something we all feel, no matter how old we are. So, I guess this is just to say thank you, John, for everything you've given us.

Dec 7, 1998
Victoria Tanski
Tualatin, Or. US of A
I wasn't even born until a year and three monthes after he was murdered, but he means the world to me. I always wondered why no one was there to take those bullets for him. If I had been there, I would have taken those bullets. There's no doubt in my mind. None whatsoever. If I could have traded my life for his, I would have. Well, wherever he is, I hope it's peaceful there.

Dec 7, 1998
Ashley Lange (Cynlennin@aol.com)
Newark, DE, USA
I recently returned to the Dakota and Strawberry Fields- Central Park in late fall is an awe-inspiring thing. And the park happens to be filled with ginko trees. Japanese trees with fan-shaped leaves that turn bright gold and flutter down in great showers. When the wind picks them up and shuffles them around in great, sparkling masses of colour dancing in the light, you can still hear the music.

Dec 7, 1998
Denise Cadena (dclennon@yahoo.com)
Texas
I was only about a year old when John Lennon died and it wasn't until about two years ago that I actually became a big John Lennon fan. And now I fully understand why he was so admired by millions of people, he was the hope of a decade filled with turmoil and striving to find identity. And I only hope that 20 years from now his legend will still live on... campos de fresas para siempre...

Dec 7, 1998
jesus torres hernandez (purayeska@hotmail.com)
monterrey nuevo leon mexico
lennon, es ya un mito, una idea, un ejemplo a seguir. lo que hay que hacer por el el recordarlo, seguir su ejemplo, intentar conseguir un mundo sin fronteras, con PAZ. que eso era lo que queria el. denle una oportunidad a la PAZ jespit98

Dec 7, 1998
Jacque
California, USA
You still talk to me, Johnny. I don't know where I'd be without you.

Dec 7, 1998
Ursula (ulala2269@aol.com)
Syracuse NY
There is nothing but remorse in my mind as I look at what almsot 18 years from right now (12 hours, and counting). I'm not old enough to have remembered loosing John, nor am I old enough to be missing him, but there is no doubt in my mind that his is the greatest loss society could face. He wasn't just a musician or a poet or a peacemaker or philanthropist; He was a real person. Without his realism and integrity, we would never be where we are now, as a society and as individuals. John, we miss you, we love you, we owe you.

Dec 7, 1998
Dominique
Wisconsin
John, even though I was born a little over three years after you died, your music is still important to me and you are an inspiration. I admire the many ways you did your peace activism, and I think the concept of your idea of Bagism is realy cool. (I've been teased for many years for various reasons, and I think if everyone just stopped and used the Bagism concept for awhile, the world would be a better place.) Anyway, I think your music is wonderful, John, and no one can do it better than you. It is really unfair that you were taken away from all of us fans, and can't make any more of your wonderful music. (Last year, I was really angry over this, and was really sad, and all I thought about for awhile was your death, and even had 11 nightmares about it. I was kinda messed up. I am happy to say that I am over this now, and havne't had a nightmare about you for a year now.) This doesn't mean that I don't miss you--I miss you a *LOT*, John, but I'm just under control and over the anger. (Well, most of the time.) I love you and I miss you. Dominique

Dec 8, 1998
Alley (babylon19@aol.com)
Mt. Tabor, NJ
its odd.... out of all things john lennon had ever said and written one comes to me as a paradox - "nothing's gonna change my world". i look at the past 17 years of my life. i look at what i have loved and what i have lost and what i have gained and everything in between. and although i am eternally thankful for all i have, i must digress and agree with what john said in that song. because no matter what, absolutely what, even if the world around you changes drastically, if you have something to hang on to, as i have with the beatles, nothing's gonna change your world. i hope to see all who can make it tomorrow at strawberry fields....

Dec 8, 1998
"raisin and precious and poopster"
usa
Dearest John, for all the things youve said that were also what I thought and all the things you did that we all should have done and should still do, thank you from both of us I'd like you to know that my life is going fine, were still deeply in love. And I will be moving there soon. It hurts me so much to think of all the things that you and your family and all of the world lost 18 years ago, but you do live on in our hearts and always will in mine, you truely are one of my bestfriends, and i know your smiling down on us all. Your boys are fine they grew up right, but you know that already dont you, Yoko is still alone after all these years. I dont think she'll ever get over it, neither will I. It's still stuck in my mind and I dont think it will ever go away I miss you everyday, I wish I could see you smile just once more, be good. Thank you brother. I love you too, s, m, s

Dec 8, 1998
Laura S
John, I remember that awful night 18 years ago. I was listening to the TV and writing in my journal when I suddenly heard that you had been shot and killed. My whole world turned upside down at that moment, and my belief system was shattered. I went through a rough time back then. Yet, I know that your spirit lives forever, and I will always love you.

Dec 8, 1998
crystal
Im thankful that I've had the chance to listen to you, I've learned so much. You were someone that I really agreed with, someone I could relate to. I could never put it into words all of my thoughts or beliefs, but you always could, and it forever summed up exactly what I was trying to say. I know you are out there somewhere John and I want to thank you, I wish you happiness, and I love you.

Dec 8, 1998
Erin (rockon97@hotmail.com)
Minneapolis, MN USA
What can I say? It's been 18 years ago since your life has been senselessly taken away from everyone. I have always wondered what you would be doing now if you were still around John. Though I was only 4 when you were killed, I now know who you were. And, even if I never met you, I can attest that I miss you as does the rest of the world. I love you and miss you. May you be in a better place now. We all shine on. With love, Erin

Dec 8, 1998
Maranda Smith (marandaj@hotmail.com)
Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands, US
I wasn't around when the Beatles made it. And I wasn't here to see them influence that first generation of fans. I hadn't been born to be hurt by the break up. And I wasn't breathing when John told the world to Give Peace a Chance. I didn't exist that night John was shot in front of the Dakota building. And I wasn't living when swarms of people gathered in sorrow and rememberance. Even so....I have been influenced, I am hurt, and If I could I would be there in Strawberry Fields gathering with others in sorrow and rememberance. Though John was not perfect, he was a great man. He is greatly loved and missed.

Dec 8, 1998
June (mintygoddess@hotmail.com)
Oregon
Words aren't adequate..... A moment of touching another's soul leaves an eternal imprint on their spirit...John has touched my soul-many souls. I will never be the same. I will never forget John. I still feel him. John and his music is still with us in our souls, minds, hearts, spirits.... and so, we all shine on.... love you John.

Dec 8, 1998
Heimann
Hey Johnny! You stupid rock ´n´ roller! Why did you have to turn 30 before you learned to cry? I love, man! I´ve always known your pain. Felt it myself. Been wrecked apart like you. So happy we both made it! And thank you! Thank you for showing and striving for the eternal truth: Love Is The Answer! Thank you for insisting on it! Thank you for walking that path though so many wanted you to walk the other way. We all have pain. We have sorrow. We have hatred. We have fear. But it´s allright. Love is the answer. You showed us. Forever thankful. Where´s the fucking bar, John? Let´s go have a pint!

Dec 8, 1998
Mobeena (92khanm@busheymeads.sch.herts.uk.com)
Watford, England
We love him, yeah yeah yeah Always and forever

Dec 8, 1998
Deb Marquette (djmarquette@earthlink.net)
Kalamazoo, MI, USA
From the first US visit and still today, your music has touched me. You are missed John, and I hope you're at peace.

Dec 8, 1998
Brendan Gavin (mrmustard77@hotmail.com)
I don't think any of can describe in words what this man means to us. Phenomenal is a word that doesn't even get close to it. The memory of his life is remembered everyday, all around the world, by millions. All they need to remember is a song. We will always remember, he left beautiful footprints on our hearts and we live better lives from learning from his music. I love you John.

Dec 8, 1998
Shannon (dshannon@mastnet.net)
Houston, Texas
So sad to wake up to this anniversary date of such great loss, my thoughts are with John's two sons - I wish them and everyone peace and goodness and precious memories of John and all the beauty he gave. The world is a better place because he lived and shared himself with us all.

Dec 8, 1998
Johnnie (jfxe@stratos.net)
Cleveland Oh
I was awakened 18 years ago this morning by my sister telling me "John Lennon is dead". I thought...what a cruel way to wake me up for school. I turned on my radio and heard John's voice and right off I new she wasn't being cruel. Shaved Fish still sat on my turntable from the previous night. I can't believe it's been 18 years. I'm still in shock. Im just glad that his message continues and people still share his dream. Peace in 99

Dec 8, 1998
pain
what can we say about today?I LOVE YOU JOHN, I LOVE YOU

Dec 8, 1998
KARMELINA
SLOVENIA
HERE IN SLOVENIA WE LOVE YOU, AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET YOU.

Dec 8, 1998
Susan Mayo (onoyes@webtv.net)
Louisville, Ky. US
My father and I fought over John Lennon for 15 years, Dad was the Police Chief in our city and didn't quite understand...Yet the night John died and my Dad came to tell me, I saw him cry. This spoke volumes to me about how the whole world felt that night....everybody hurt!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Briana Lennon (mrsLennon1@aol.com)
Louisville, Ky USA
john has been a constant companion for the last 6 years of my life. i am as inspired, awed, and fascinated by him today as i have been for those 6 years. he is a constant reminder of how achingly beautiful, witty, and tragic life can be. his music, his writing, his artwork, his political ideologies are still as poignant today as they were when he was alive. you don't know what you have until you lose it. when we lost john, we lost part of ourselves. "the dream is over. what can i say? the dream was over...yesterday. i was the dreamweaver but now i'm reborn. i was the walrus but now i'm john. the dream is over." let's not dwell on the details of his death, but rather, his life. let's celebrate john today, and everyday, with love, peace and understanding all over the world. i love you john.

Dec 8, 1998
nowhere person (beatlesdylan60s@hotmail.com)
Ontario, Canada
what can I say that hasn't been said before? Hhmmmm. My feelings and thoughts match exactly really so it's just a confusing tragedy that nobody will ever understand. We should celebrate his life, and we do, with Bagism and other sites, books, new releases and such. It'll be a sad day for many today, and an even worse day for Beatle fans. John was one of smartest people of this century and whose genuis, a bright flaring candle, was snubbed out all to swiftly. I wonder what he thinks, you know, off wherever lost souls go to after death, of all this mourning and weeping, I really wonder. But there's a secret no mortal shall ever know, such a pity. So, love to John, love to everyone.

Dec 8, 1998
MB
Haverford, Pa
On such a sad day it is so good to see how many people love and mourn him still. I still cry when I think of the horrendous waste of a such a wonderful artist. I find myself wanting to cry out,"No John! Don't go back to the Dakota just now!" I went to the Dakota and to Strawberry Fields and wept. I listen to his music and feel joy. I have turned on my son to his music, so he'll never be forgotten...I love you Johnny rotten.

Dec 8, 1998
Stephen (stephen@bagism.com)
Baton Rouge, LA
The Beatles, and most especially John Lennon, changed my life. I was 11 when The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, and the world suddenly became a much richer place. Then, in 1980, the world became so very much poorer. Such tragedy is beyond any understanding.... I'll never forget John.

Dec 8, 1998
John Hampton Jr. (johnfh@hitter.net)
Lecanto FL USA
I remeber John from the early days, being almost 40 myself. I never looked up to anyone in music before he came along. After the Beatles split was when I got to know him more. His songs about Peace and Love were what really made me turn on to the "hippie way". I loved the bagism concept, and I still try to live it to the fullest I am able. If not for John I could have been a completely different and much less-tolerant person. He had such an influence on me that I even named my only son Sean back in '78, after I heard that John had a son named Sean. I have to believe that John is looking down on us from time to time, and I hope he and his family know how much he is loved and missed by many of us. Today isn't the *only* day I think about this, but today is always the darkest day of the year for me. May he Rest in the Peace he taught us all.

Dec 8, 1998
Tish (hippiechick_23@hotmail.com)
Its weird, i didn't even remember that today was the day until i recieved the email this morning. once i remembered, it hit me so hard. i was only just turning one when John was shot, but he still makes such an impact on my life everyday. I wish i could have gotten to know him better as an artist, and seen him doing what he loved. What he has left me is the best thing anyone could ever leave another human being, the legacy of his words and peace. THANK YOU JOHN

Dec 8, 1998
matsu (frodis_@hotmail.com)
Michigan, USA
John... every year we say goodbye to you, but we never really get to say hello. I can't tell you how much I love hearing your music on the radio. I play it a lot myself, but on the radio it's different somehow. It's like a thousand people, or however many, are listening to you all at once. Your voice and message are still alive. *You* are still alive. You wanted to bring everyone together. Well, this is one day when millions come together. We all need to support one another on this tragic day. I just wish it were about something better. I wish you didn't have to die. Even if you went off somewhere and never sang another note and we, the public, never heard another word about you I wish it. I wish you could have found some peace in your life and enjoyed it for fourty more years. I wish you could have finally established a wonderful relationship with Julian and that you could have been there to watch Sean "come of age". The world is a better place because you were here. And the world will never forget you. I love you, John. You were a flawed but beautiful man. You didn't deserve this. I just hope you're happy and comfy wherever you are. You are now truly "of the universe".

Dec 8, 1998
Erin (beatlefan@homemail.com)
Tulsa,OK
I will spend today thinking about the wonderful contribution John made while he was here. It always reminds me to be a better person. People often ask me why I am always so happy and how I stay stress-free and relaxed. I tell them that having The Beatles and John in my life make every day a great day. Nothing lifts my spirits like hearing the wonderful music. I keep a picture of John on my work PC. He is always with me. The main thing that makes me sad it that we have missed out on 18 years of his music, his wisdom, his humor. I have Yoko, Sean and Julian in my thoughts today as well as many others in the world who share the same spirit today. I love you John! Awlays and forever...

Dec 8, 1998
pratik majumdar (patmaj@cal.vsnl.net.in)
Calcutta, India
We love you forever John. Thanks for everything. May you rest in peace.

Dec 8, 1998
Selby Smith (groovyselby@yahoo.com)
Silver City, NM, USA
This is such a sad day. We will always remember you Johnny! John Lennon touched so many of our lives, through his music and philosophies. Let us never forget how important he was, and how he changed our world.

Dec 8, 1998
Sunshine (Sunshine84@mailcity.com)
nowhere land ohio
Only one think to say, We still love you John

Dec 8, 1998
Beatle Guy (jsr2@erols.com)
Harleysville, Pa USA
I'm crying to myself. We have all seen the ugly face of murder. Someday soon we will all see and be with John again. John was like a dad to me. He now knows the answers to the mysteries we all are still pondering. I'm sure you are better off than all of us John. I wish there was some way for you to be physically in our presence. We are so limited by these stupid human bodies. Help us, Reach us, Touch us. I sincerely love you.

Dec 8, 1998
Helena
Moscow, Russia
We still love you. The candle is burning and I can hear your voice singing "Nothing's gonna change my world..." It's cold outside, but it's warm and peaceful in every home as long as your voice can be heard. Thank you. Wherever you are, we love you.

Dec 8, 1998
Christine Paldino (CPaldino@Neumail.com)
Clifton, New Jersey USA
Few memories are as vivid to me as the ones I have of the events of eighteen years ago today and tomorrow. An impressionable fifteen year old girl - suffering a loss so monumental, so personal, yet so unique that she could not begin to share it with her friends. The anger, the pain, the emptiness from the loss, finds its place, but it never goes away. How can it? John, when you left us so suddenly, so violently, and so without reason, you took with you so much. You took your words, your music, your unique perspective on life, your passion, your VOICE - the voice that wasn't afraid to speak out, to ask for the truth, for love. You took from your wife a husband, and from your boys a father. The losses are immeasurable. But this should not be a day simply for sadness and mourning. No doubt that must be a large part of it. But it is also a day to celebrate the life of a person who has given me so much, who has enriched my life in a way that so few have done, and so few ever will. John, your music, your guiding light, has been there for me through every phase of my life...like my life's soundtrack. It is a special gift that I feel incredibly fortunate to have received. Today I will smile when I remember you, stepping off the plane in New York, awed at the sight of Beatlemania. My heart will be warmed by the memories of your wit, your warmth, your infectious smile, your beautiful voice. I will laugh, I will cry, but above all, I will remember, and I will thank you, and I will miss you. John, I love you. You live forever in my heart, and I will carry you with me always. When I look up towards the stars tonight, I will see you smiling down. All I can say is, thank you. Thank you for allowing all of us to share in your life while you were here.

Dec 8, 1998
Carole
USA
Such a sad, sad day. Wish you could come out and play, John.

Dec 8, 1998
Eric Whitt (s428742@urgrgcc.edu)
Gallipolis, Ohio
This is such a sad day for many. A day to remember one the great writers, and voices of are time. John, whereever you are, I miss you so much!! But, I know you live on through your music. We all truly miss you!!

Dec 8, 1998
himad (himat@stones.com)
tokyo.jp
we still love you. i her your music now and forever. love love love i hope love & peace .thanks!!

Dec 8, 1998
Mike Warden (glasspar@cinci.infi.net)
Cincinnati, OH USA
...I didn't hear the news 'till I got home late that night and my brother told me. I guess I was about 19. I hadn't heard yet because I'd been playing Double Fantasy repeatedly in my car. And I'd been at a great party, and obviously no one there had heard, either. I went to my room and stared at the Lennon pic on my Let It Be album poster for a long time. Saying good bye, I suppose. The next night, a spontaneous gathering took place at Fountain Square, our city's "living room." That, too, was a great party, and we celebrated John's life.

Dec 8, 1998
Lanier Gazaway (anivus@bellsouth.net)
Atlanta, Ga.
I just wanted to say that no matter where I am and no matter how stressful my life is, when I hear a lennon/beatles song, I know that there's nowhere I can be that is'nt where I'm meant to be. That gives me a feeling of assurance. Bless all of them.

Dec 8, 1998
Carole
USA
This is such a sad, sad day. Wish you could come out and play, Johnny.

Dec 8, 1998
Jennaphur Syd Lennon-Zappa (blue_meanee@juno.com)
ChattaNowhere/Murfreesboro, TN
When I went to the John Lennon Wall in Prague in 1997, I signed the wall and left something there at the base of the wall. It was something that reminded me of a lot of pain, so I left it there to get that pain out of my life. When I found out that I was going to Strawberry Fields in NY this summer, I began gathering all the things I had at home that reminded me of some pain I'd felt in the past. I took all those things, wrapped them up, sealed them with my blood, and left them there in NY. It was a kind of self-therapy to rid myself of those memories. It didn't work immediately.. After a while, though, without those objects there with me to remind me of those memories, I slowly began to forget.. I left my pain there with you, John. You don't know how much that means to me. //o-o\ Love is all- Jennaphur

Dec 8, 1998
Heimann
Denmark
Hey Johnny! You stupid rock ´n´ roller! Why did you have to turn 30 before you learned to cry? Why did you have to carry that cross? I´m thankful that you did! I love you, man! I´ve always known your pain. Felt it myself. Been wrecked apart like you. So happy we both made it! And thank you! Thank you for showing and striving for the eternal truth: Love Is The Answer! Thank you for insisting on it! Thank you for walking that path though so many wanted you to walk the other way. Though so many rediculed you. We all have pain. We have sorrow. We have hatred. We have fear. But it´s allright. Everything is going to be allright. Love is the answer. We can have - if we want to. You showed us. Forever thankful. Where´s the fucking bar, John? Let´s go have a pint!

Dec 8, 1998
Lil (beardsle@siu.edu)
I'd just like to say that I've shed my tears this morning because of the terrible, horrid thing that happened 18 years ago today. But I can also thank God that there are people out there like me who remember.....really remember what it was like to have been through it all with John.....from the beginning (Beatles) to the end (with Yoko and Sean). He left a wonderful legacy for all of us. While we mourn his loss we should rejoice in having had the privilege of sharing his short and very public life in the first place. Peace, Lil

Dec 8, 1998
Jeff
Madison, WI
As long as we remember who and why John Lennon was, he will always be with us. Some things end, some things never die. Hope you're having one heck of a show up there tonight John...if you have a tapers section, anyone know where I can get my hands on a copy?

Dec 8, 1998
Tiffany (tipperteal@hotmail.com)
Minneapolis, MN
Honestly, John, I forgot that today was the day. I wasn't even thinking about it. I stopped by Bagism to check out the poll and it hit me, along with that weird black background and different format. First question was "Why does it look different?", the second, "Why did it have to happen to you?" I know that each life has its own path, starting with birth and ending at death, and I know that your physical body is now ashes, but your soul is still here. Your soul as "John Lennon" is definitely here... it's a part of everyone who's heard your music, and especially those you've touched as deeply as those of us here. Thank you for the music, and the laughter, and the stories, and the fun, and the pain, and the tears, and for Sean (thanks, Yoko, too), and for existing. I love you. WE love you. Blessed be.

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