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John Lennon Remembered -- Page 2


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 8, 1998
keenan j. "lennon" smith (winston_75@yahoo.com)
matthews, nc usa
i just have one thing to say about the man. if it wasn't for him and his music. if it wasn't for him i probably won't be here today. his life, given to us through his music, makes me realize that there is someone out there that truely understands me. it is through him and his music that i am able to keep any sanity in life. it is as if he is the best friend that i never had. keenan j. "lennon" smith

Dec 8, 1998
Keren (kepss@bu.edu)
Boston, MA
Your music will always be with me. You've changed my life, thank you John!

Dec 8, 1998
Carlos Quintanilla (li71cq@surrey.ac.uk)
Southampton, England
There's no way to describe the imprint that John has left on the world. No other rock star has ever been mourned for so much, Elvis didn't even come close. The thing about John is that he used his position in music to try to attain a better life for you and me unlike most of the greedy rock stars around today (but I won't mention any,.......... Oasis) who don't care about anything apart from their mansion and Ferrari, John realised that he could do something to change this world, and even if the world didn't listen, he still continued. He was called a freak, a junkie and just plain mad, but its funny to see the influence he has over millions today and how people carry his legacy on. I love you, John, you will live on forever, at least in my heart. Why didn't you help me in my French exam today, I fucked up badly?

Dec 8, 1998
Paul Ande (www.tyedyepauley@webtv.net)
Daytona beach
I would like to say is that we miss you John we`ll always keep the music alive. Peace

Dec 8, 1998
Roxanne (rox36abs@ipa.net)
Bentonville, AR, USA
We miss you, John. Rest in peace.

Dec 8, 1998
michael pirrung (maskmanmikep@webtv.net)
phila
i miss john so much through his music i have laffed cryed got mad and got happy this man should have never been killed the way he did its just unfair to the world he will live forever all you have to do is listen to any of his music and there he is peace

Dec 8, 1998
Jen McDermott
We thank you and miss you....

Dec 8, 1998
Anthony
Many of us are still working on what you helped to make possible. You will stand the test of time. We will finish what you had begun. We miss you. Thank you. To Everyone remembering John: LETS FINISH WHAT HE STARTED

Dec 8, 1998
Melissa (MMRH@webtv.net)
Tempe Arizona
John, Thank you for giving the gift of yourself to the world.

Dec 8, 1998
Jessica McNamara (jbmcnamara@bsuvc.bsu.edu)
Chicago, IL
Today should be a day of mourning and sadness, but also for remembering all the wonderful, beautiful things John and his music taught us. I hope that wherever John is, he knows that his influence and importance to so many people will not be forgotten. And it won't be, just as long as young fans (such as myself) keep the memory alive. Remember- In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make! John Lennon Lives Forever In Music

Dec 8, 1998
J.T. Cure (jtcure01@morehead-st.edu)
Morehead, KY USA
Just remembering...

Dec 8, 1998
PlasticOnoBand (oktv@rocketmail.com)
S.F.
SHINE ON!

Dec 8, 1998
keithp (keith1759@Aol.com)
Tucson, Arizona
Lets see, it was, it was 1964, New York City, I am five years old, in the park with my mother and brother, and on the transistor radio, I here for the first "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", Oh My God, I am hooked for life. Beautiful music. I am now 39 and have been a musician, ever since, guitar player, Beatle worshiper, John Lennon lover. What can I say. I luv u John and miss you, I curse today, the day i heard the news, OH BOY. THE GREATEST OF THE 20TH CENTURY!!!!! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. LOVE KP

Dec 8, 1998
mike pirrung (maskmanmikep@webtv.net)
dear god please tell john that we love him thank you

Dec 8, 1998
SAITO Yosinori (saito-yn@ba2.so-net.ne.jp)
Tokio, Japanio
(Written in Esperanto, the language in Utopia) John donis (ankorau donas) fortan influon al tiuj, kiuj ne rezignacias sian esperon. Ne nur al europanaoj, sed ankau al orientanoj. Mi estas tute samagha al Julian. Mi kredas, ke John estas mia patro! Mi tre sopiras lin. Li daure vivas en chies koro, "Havu esperon!"

Dec 8, 1998
PlasticOnoBand (oktv@rocketmail.com)
HMB, california
Wonsuponatime on the west coast of the United States, about 5 miles from Candlestick Park, there was tiny little town with the name of Half Moon Bay. In this town is a small house with its windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Every December 8, a candle flame burns there in memory of a fallen fellow man. A man who rose high enough that all who care to listen might hear and understand his messages. The candle also reminds others about the man, and his memory. Maybe they will light a candle in their window. Other candles also burn inside the home, to cheer up those inside. Remembering and believing in John Lennon, we see the light.

Dec 8, 1998
Susan (SEHanes@aol.com)
Downers Grove, IL
We All Shine On. Rest In Peace John, You Will NEVER Be Forgotten!

Dec 8, 1998
ChippawaJones (Barrie.Jones@sypatico.ca)
Niagara Falls,Canada
This day in December, usually falls on the day snow begins to fall. It happened this morning, very early. November drizzle turns to into large flakes that blow over the roads and accumulate in disappearing lawn. Winter has held off long enough. Its time brace yourself, for good days and bad. No matter where or when it falls the seasons first snow always me of what happened to John. The seemingly endless bliss of a childhood summer coming abruptly to a definite end. I grew up "real" fast that next day in 1980, when I learned what happened. I had just turned 13 years old. Being both impressionable and determined to be oneself, as any teenager is, the loss of my childhood and the loss John made me aware my duty to be true to myself as I grew to adulthood. I have used Yoko's and John's messages,visions,values and dreams to create my own "reality". I thank them for both for doing all they did. THE MUSIC WILL CARRY ON. PLEASE RECOGNIZE THE MESSAGES AND PASS IT ON... Always sensitive this time of year.

Dec 8, 1998
Michele (vulnavia9@yahoo.com)
Anaheim, CA
I've cried so many times when I thought about what he did to you. I lit a candle in remembrance at Notre Dame. Nothing can bring you back...but you're still here in my heart. Thanks for all you've given me, John. I'll never forget you. Love...

Dec 8, 1998
M.Hegazy (mcca78@hotmail.com)
Egypt
Johnny,i really cant find words to write ,u r so much for me to be written in words ,maybe be i can show it in a musical piece or something sentimental,i just cant express myself when it comes to you man. I ve learned that"living is easy with eyes closed",that "all u need is love", "that a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure",that "i ve got to hide my love away",that "if i were her she would realise that i will love her more than any other guy",that"love is not just holding hand", that"pain would lead to pleasure"and that we have to GIVE PEACE A CHANCE John Lennon wasnt just another rock artist who just seeked super stradom or whatever,he was far beyond this,he went to a place where few people went there before;this was his soul. He expressed his feelings ,his human needs,his sins,his desires, his fears, his pains ,his happiness and his insecurity. John Lennon was me and u ,he was one of us ,he expressed us as humans and this is why we feel so close to him,he is a best friend and dad for so many in the world. U know john ,u made me smile,u made me feel that i m not alone, u made me feel that nothing is gonna change my world.All my young friends who dont know anything about the Beatles love u now.I ve learned guitar because of u and teaching friends your songs ,so i consider myself your biggest in EGYPT LEGENDS DONT DIE JOHN LOVE SALAM PAIX

Dec 8, 1998
ELIZABETH
Another year is over. Miss and love you.

Dec 8, 1998
Steve Hamel (shamel01@tufts.edu)
Medford, MA, USA
Although 1980 was the year before I was born, I feel the emotion, pain and anger every time I think about this day. John, thank you for what you accomplished during your life and the beautiful music you left behind. You will be remembered. Always.

Dec 8, 1998
Andrea Nargi (drsiwest@ecentral.com)
Aurora, CO
I was six years old when he was killed. I knew of his music, I knew of the Beatles. But the effect wasn't noticed until years later when I began to understand his words. At a time on this earth when inspirational and thought evoking ideas about humanity and phianthropy are desperately needed, I can only wish that John Lennon were here to express to us his thoughts. I like to feel that if he were still here on this earth, we would be better people for it. In Loving Memory always and forever...

Dec 8, 1998
Tina (fab4fan@hotmail.com)
Chicago, IL, USA
I was too young to remember when John died (I was only 3 at the time)...but I don't think I'll ever be old enough to stop feeling the loss of him. We all miss you, John--may we all see you in the next life! :)

Dec 8, 1998
Marilyn (Marilyn6@aol.com)
Arlington, Massachusetts
John, even though 18 years have passed since you were taken from us, your influence and your presence is as strong today for many of us as it was 'all those years ago' Thank you for all the joy, happiness, great music, zest for life, honesty, lack of pretense, integrity, humor, and just plain YOU that you gave us for so long and continue to give us through your music and ideas you left as your legacy. Not many heroes we can look up to in the world today....I love you today just as much as I loved you back then.... None of us who have felt your influence will EVER forget you... and even though you once said " I'm just a guy who writes songs", you were a hell of a lot more to us than that...Often I have thought over the years how much you would have loved MTV, the Internet, CD's and all the new technology we have now...Hell, you can create your own Abbey Road these days with a pc and some software - what a gas that would have been for you... wish we could see what you would have done with it!!!! Miss you more than you could ever have IMAGINED.... Remembering you with tears and love today... December 8, 1998

Dec 8, 1998
Joe Heiler (ShowBizKid@webtv.net)
Shenandoah,PA
It's hard to IMAGINE that 18 years have passed since one sick fool took away someone who had so much to give. I will always remember where I was and what I was doing each time I hear one of your songs.See You In Heaven,God Bless!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Didier Mangou (kdhama@club-internet.fr)
France
Immagine all the people loving eachother! rest in peace.A bientot

Dec 8, 1998
Mike Campbell (mike.campbell@xpertsystems.com)
Liverpool England
I will be putting up My Christmas tree tonight and getting rather drunk while I listen to your music. The impact that your thoughts, music, philosophies, your life and your death is etched in my very being. No day has ever been totally happy since the day you left.

Dec 8, 1998
ROMAN (romand36@netscape.net)
Lubiana, SLOVENIA
John you are the greatest!

Dec 8, 1998
Kelly
Fairfax, Virginia USA
I will always remember watching Monday Night Football and hearing the news of John Lennon's death. I was only 15 at the time and was a huge Beatles fan. Now that I am older and "wiser" I really understand what John Lennon was all about. His death was a huge loss to music, mankind, but, most of all, to his wife and little boys.

Dec 8, 1998
Aaron (sQuiBbo@worldnet.att.net)
Okay, so maybe I was only a year old when he died. Maybe my older friends told me about seeing Monday Night Football that night. Maybe I'll never understand what the sixites and seventies were really like. But what I do know is that a man's life was lost and it is a tragedy. Learning about the whole thing, I would sit and wonder to myself, "Why would anyone want to kill the guy who sang and believed all you need is love? How could anyone be so heartless as to shoot this peaceful being in the back?" I'm sure no one really understands it today any better than they did then. I'm sure many of you remember the aching devastation you felt that night. What I feel is sadness every time this day passes without any mention or rememberance by news channels or radio stations. I get angry because many who used him to boost their lives do not repay him by remembering. I plead with you to never forget. Tell your children about the Beatles. Tell them about this night 18 years ago. Remind your friends. Call radio stations. E-mail everyone you know. Don't let his love or message fall through the cracks. Right now on my TV I see a bunch of junk about Al Gore Sr. who never did a damn thing for me in my lifetime and nothing about John Lennon who taught me and millions of others to let go of the hate inside. We all love John in our own special ways. Let him know it.

Dec 8, 1998
Patrick Powers
I never got to know John Lennon and I do not even remember his death, I was only 5 months old when he died, but I am still saddened. I am sitting here right now listening to a Lennon song right now and I just cannot believe the man is gone. John we all miss you and we all love you. Peace and Love.

Dec 8, 1998
The Advertising Police
Hollywood, CA
Well, Well, Well...Why is it that the people of peace are so often taken away so violently? One thing that should be remembered about John Lennon is that he could be both peaceful and angry, but perhaps what remains most inspiring is his unsynthesized honesty. It's something that has always been lacking in music (and in our world) -- which made John Lennon so very rare and precious, both in his time then and in our time today. Strawberry Beatles Forever.

Dec 8, 1998
Tammy
Boulder, CO USA
I wish I knew how Sean, Yoko, Julian and Cynthia get through this day every year. The pain for me is as real now as it was 18 years ago when John left this world so violently. As I near 40 myself, I realize how vibrant life is at this age and how truly tragic it was that John's life ended when he was so young. Seek peace and harmony. Do your own thing, but try not to hurt others. I think John would have wanted it that way.

Dec 8, 1998
Pat (Blondie2-56@webtv.net)
Long Island, NY
Amazing how our lives are marked by "events", good ones, bad ones...and such tragedies that we recall with that fuzzy picture of disbelief...still today. The un-imagine-able! Being old enough to remember the Beatle-explosion, I know I have grown up with Johnny and his words and music...I remember wanting to be old enough to "wanta hold your hand"..then participating in a sit-in "singing, Power to the People" then "playing those mind games together...raising the spirit of peace and love" and wasn't that lullaby for MY son? "I was dreaming of the past, and my heart was beating fast, I began to lose control, I didn't mean to hurt you, I'm sorry that I made you cry, You might not love me anymore, I was shivering insde, I didn't mean to hurt you, I'm sorry that I made you cry, Oh,no I didn't want to hurt you, I was trying to catch your eyes, Thought you were trying to hide, I was swallowing my pain..." but today, as I go along, maybe someday I'll sing "grow old along with me, the best is yet to come..face the setting sun when the day is done"....meanwhile, IMAGINE... God has blessed us all, God Bless John and His Family

Dec 8, 1998
Susie (Mamunia44@aol.com)
Casselberry, Fl
Thanks John, miss you. Love is real. Susie

Dec 8, 1998
Jason Granger (Fab4Luv@aol.com)
Kirkwood, Missouri
Here is to John Lennon. No...I never met the man. I never shook his hand or said hello to him. But I know him. I know him through his music and his message. I know him because he was/is the most honest music writer ever and was unaffraid to let us look into his life through his music. John Lennon is the greatest songwriter/singer in rock and roll, and more over, music history. There have been other great ones. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. Paul McCartney, who needs no introduction. Pete Townshend of the Who. Jim Morrison of the Doors. Yet, everyone of them would beg off when compared to John Lennon. He is my hero. He is the world's hero. He saw the oppurtunity to change the world by using his popularity and he seized it. Perhaps no one else in world history has so acted upon that force. He asked us to give peace a chance. He asked us why on earth are we here? Surely not to live in pain and fear. SO I ask all of you who will read this post to ask yourself, have I done my part. Has John's message reached me. I hope someday it will. Then the world will truly...live as one. I love you Johnny. May you be with us always.

Dec 8, 1998
Ellen Elg (polly8125@hotmail.com)
Sweden
Today 18 years ago, this planet lost somebody who was the greatest man ever. I peronally believe that John was above a human being. All he ever wanted was PEACE and LOVE. Why couldn´t we listen to him, he worked so hard for the human race. For that he got shot by some crazy maniac. But he couldn´t shoot his words, music and spirit. We still keep John in our hearts, and so will it always be. We will always remember his messages and keep fighting for a non- violent world. A happy world, where everybody can feel safe. By just listening to John´s songs we can learn allot. Today allot of people are sad and feeling allot of missery. But it´s a sorrow that can remind us that we have to do something, not to just sit back and wait. If we just try to live after a few things he said, we would be allot happier and so would others. The world will never be a paradise, but if we all get together and fight for what John believed in we can make this place much better. Love is a flower, you got to let it grow. We miss you John especially this day, but keep on rockin´ in heaven.

Dec 8, 1998
Frock (sexysadie09@hotmail.com)
Lidingö, Sweden
The music that John Lennon made is a huge source of inspiration to me - and to millions of others all around the world. I was only 5 when he was shot and I don't remember it. Ironically, the thing that turned me on to John's music was a tape my father had with a radio program that was broadcast at that time in memory of John Lennon. The important thing is that the music is still here! It's terribly sad that John Lennon got shot, but I - and most of you people out there - know John only through his music. I didn't know John Lennon the person. I think the only people entitled to say: "John, I miss you!" is those who were close to him, or at least knew him personally. How can you miss someone you've never met? You can still listen to "Strawberry Fields Forever", "A Day In The Life", "Jealous Guy" and all the other great songs - the music is as alive now as it was when the person who made it was living! I'd just like to say to John Lennon wherever he is: Thanks for all the great music! I love it and it means so

Dec 8, 1998
ken tillery (kentillery@webtv.net)
alexandria,kentucky,usa.
While playing a mix tape i made 18 years ago in tribute to john lennon i,m reminded of his keen sense of humour. john talking about how he could walk the streets of new york and go to dinner and how great that was. the song borrowed time reflecting on how great life is. living in a bag,hosting mike douglas for a week with yoko,talking to dick cavett,being interviewed by howard cosell on monday night football,the song beautiful boy,that great voice... you are missed sir, may you rest in peace.

Dec 8, 1998
Louise (louiselennon@hotmail.com)
Reading, Berks, UK
John was a truly amazing man, and although I was born nearly 3 years after his death, I discovered his music when I was 10, and it has touched me a great deal. I can see totally where all of his music is coming from, and it has been many an inspiration for my music coursework pieces! I personally believe that "I am the Walrus" is the most meaningful piece of music ever written. Does anyone share that view?? His death touched so many people, it is truly tragic. We may have lost his being, but John will forever be present in my heart, and I am sure in many other's too. He lives on through his music. Don't mourn a death, celebrate a life! Here's to 40 fabulous years! Good one, John!

Dec 8, 1998
Christopher Stolle (stollec@mail.estripes.osd.mil)
Griesheim, Hessen, Germany
It seems like I've been posting messages to Bagism for almost three years now, usually on Oct. 9 and Dec. 8. But I think about John Lennon every single day. How can you not? John Lennon gave this world more to think about than anyone else. I've studied music from "Jesus to Paul," and no one has had such a musical influence that outreaches what John Lennon CONTINUES to give us, even 18 years after his death. But wait! John Lennon is not dead. Only physically. We will never meet him. I was only four years old when he died, but to me, he is still with us. We have his music, his writings, his family, his love to help us through troubles times. He also gave us great romance and peaceful songs to make our shining moments - like marriage - seem even more appropriate know that John Lennon gave us something to cherish and now we have someone to cherish, like a spouse or friend. I will never forget John Lennon. How can you? He's everywhere. If you don't believe me, look at yourself in the mirror. You are on this earth because enough people care about you to make sure you are healthy, getting an education and making something of yourself. As an American working in Germany now, I am fortunate for the things I have accomplished. But I couldn't do it alone. And in his own way, John Lennon helped me to be what I am today. I think more people should listen to John Lennon ... and not just his music. I miss you John Lennon. And I love you. Peace. --Chris

Dec 8, 1998
Elyse (peacebaby@mailcity.com)
I feel I died before I was born. It's not fair that I couldn't be around when you were alive. Words cannot express the pain and anger I feel, or the need I have in my heart for you. I love you more than anything, and send my deepest regrets to Yoko, Sean and Julian.

Dec 8, 1998
Debbie & Mike
Pepperland N.J.
John Lennon will live on forever inhis music and our hearts. we love you John!!!!!!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Anders (nakimura@hotmail.com)
Sweden
...I love you - oh yeah - now and forever...

Dec 8, 1998
Kris
Canada
Just reading through these messages, makes me realize, even more, how special a person John Lennon was (and will always be). So many who were too young to remember have been influenced by not only his songs but his words and life....to me, someone who's life can have such an impact, well, that is a sign of true GREATNESS. I unfortunately DO remember that night, and how, for the first time, I knew what it was like to mourn the loss of someone. I was only 14 at the time but already a JL/Beatles fan, and I was crushed to have someone so precious taken away from me and the world. I'll never forget......John, your memory is with me always, and I will forever carry your music in my heart!!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Alejandro Gómez G (pepper1@starmedia.com)
Caracas,Venezuela
Pensaba escribir en inglés pero no puedo hacerlo.Estoy muy triste,este día del año siempre me deprime.Pienso que tal vez a John le haría gracia todos los tributos que se han sucedido luego de su muerte porque cuetionaba que se idolatraran a simples seres humanos que en vida habían sido celebridades o héroes.John era y es mágico,por eso no puede escapar de que quienes lo amamos lo recordemos siempre,de eso soy culpable. I just hope find you someday in the strawberry fields.I love you with all my soul.Bless you Winston O'Boogie.

Dec 8, 1998
Jenny (jenlyg@hotmail.com)
Orange, MA, USA
What a guy! You will always shine on, in the moon, in the stars, and in the sun.

Dec 8, 1998
Ian Davison (blofeld8@hotmail.com)
Sunderland, England
A very sad day - John gave so much but was denied the chance to give so much more. RIP

Dec 8, 1998
Alan Eggers (Lennon_18@hotmail.com)
Peoria, IL
December, 8 marks a sad day in life of some people. That day is a depressing day if you ask me. John was more than just a musician to us all, anyone who followed him would say the same. he stood for peace and love and guidance. My heart goes out to all the people that mourn on his behalf. And I am realy happy to see so many people with webpages dedicated to him. All You need is love. -JL Give peace a chance. -JL Living is easy with your eyes closed misunderstanding all you see. -JL Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans. -JL

Dec 8, 1998
Terry
USA
What can I say? Where do I start? December 8 will always be a sad day indeed for millions of us-family, friends, fans. We all knew John Lennon-some very well, some casually, some only through his music. And we all loved him. What an impact he had on all of us. He was such a great communicator. And he spoke so wonderfully through the universal language of music. That is how I knew him. And that is how he continues to live on. And his music means more to me with each passing day. But especially today. I miss you John Winston Ono Lennon, more than words could ever say. But I keep you always in my heart. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, speak of you, and listen to your music. Thank you for all that you have given me. For all you have given to the world. "In My Life, I Love You More".

Dec 8, 1998
Cara (randyscs@gte.net)
Bradenton, Florida, USA.
As I write these words, I am listening to the snippet of interview recorded of John on his last day in this world. His last interview. The irony is that he was so full of hope. After a long absence, he had finally just come back to us.. he had "come through." For those of you who weren't born yet, I wonder if you can even imagine the implications John's return to the music world meant. His reemergence into the public was met with much excitement, and rumors of a possible "beatles reunion" gave everyone something to be excited about. In his final interview, John referred to the decade that had just begun as a "new chance." No one will ever know what was in his mind, what plans he had for the future, what suprises he had in store for us. His death is truly a tragedy for the entire world. I beleive John was the Philospher of the twentieth century. Many people looked to him for guidance, and through his words, and his music, he gave freely. I could go on and on about the tragedy of John's death, but I don't think he would want that. Instead, today I plan to listen to some of the cd's I havne't heard in awhile, and remember him for the extraordinary way he lived his life. Peace.

Dec 8, 1998
Jenni (freebird19@mailexcite.com)
Hello. Today is a unbelievably sad day for me.I know the rest of you out there probably feel the very same way. It has been 18 years,but it still hurts so much. Wherever john is now,I pray he is happy and at peace. "Love is the answer"

Dec 8, 1998
Jenni Savander (QueenRulez@hotmail.com)
Lahti / Finland
I just love the Beatles! I think that John Lennon was the best beatle. I like his thoughts, his face, everything... I think that everyone, any age; if you love the Beatles e-mail me! I really want that you write me something. My street address is Jenni Savander, Valjaskatu 2-4 e 74, FIN-15830 Lahti, Finland. I am 14 years old now.... 'cause the Beatles was the best, I want that somebody else who I know somewhere like they too. I think they wrote excellent songs and they're lovely... Please, connect me, if think the same way!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Beatle Guy (jsr2@erols.com)
Harleysville, Pa USA
Those of you that were too young were robbed, ripped off!! But you can still experience John as though he were still here through all of the recorded materials that are available.

Dec 8, 1998
Mitchel Garcianetti
Elk Grove Village, IL
This day is very sad. Every year is the same when I get out of bed, dress in my black John Lennon shirt, and go to school. People tell me "John Lennon wasn't so great. What did he ever do?" It makes me angry to hear all of this. They have no idea what a great man he was. They think of him as "that guy who was in that band." They know nothing of his peace activism and vision of a world without wars...without hate. It's still hard to imagine after all these years that he's gone.

Dec 8, 1998
Jenni Savander (QueenRulez@hotmail.com)
Lahti / Finland
I just love you!!! And I hope you love me too! You live forever in my mind... I'm gonna love all my life! Say hello to Jesus!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Heather Rodriguez (ImagineHeather@juno.com)
Maryland, USA
Dear John, What can I say to express my thanks? Two years ago, through an interest in your music, I met the man I'm going to marry someday. The love of my life, and I'd never have met him if it wasn't for you. Your music has touched every aspect of my life and I thank you so much. I love you and mourn your death along with the rest of the world. In death you are still alive. Love will carry on..... Love Heather WE ALL SHINE ON!

Dec 8, 1998
Juliana
Just look at all this! What a amazing person he IS to be changing lives 18 years after his own was taken away from him. How amazing it is that so many of us miss him who have never even met him. How amazing his music is to still be influencing bands today. How amazing he is to bring people all over the world together by just being himself. He's the best insperation we could have. It makes me cry just to see all these messages and all that his LIFE has created. we miss you john, you're forever in our hearts

Dec 8, 1998
Paul
John may no longer be with us in a physical sense, but his spirit and message will live on as long as people listen to the music and read about the man (I would suggest Ray Coleman's "Lennon" or Jon Weiner's "Come Together: John Lennon in his time", I have read both and both are exceptional accounts of John's life.) Love, Peace, and Happiness for all people and all time

Dec 8, 1998
Hannah Christiansson (lennon_hannah@hotmail.com)
Stockholm, Sweden
These days one must believe there's life after death. Maybe I've met Him already...maybe I past him by on the street without realizing it. All I can do is hope, because we know there will never be enough of that. We all shine on, John...and so do you! With Love...teardrop...survival...immortality...peace... Thank you!

Dec 8, 1998
Harry Wester (harwester@pp.qnet.fi)
Finland
Jesus died 2000 years ago, but the messiah died on the 8th of December, 1980!!! Love H

Dec 8, 1998
Brian
WHY?

Dec 8, 1998
Mitchel Garcianetti
E.G.V. IL
I have one more comment. The killer of John Lennon (if you are any Lennon fan, you know his name) wanted to be known for what he has done. I am following Paul McCartney's wishes to never mention his name (the killer) and deny the man of any recognition. I encourage you to follow this wish.

Dec 8, 1998
Jacob Hammond (hammond@post11.tele.dk)
Sløjfen 32, 3060 Espergærde, Denmark
Dear John All You Need Is Love! I love you music, i love you Imagine! I hope you will love me, and my own music. I miss you... Help me please!

Dec 8, 1998
Clara
Take care, John.

Dec 8, 1998
Mr. K (dakoobs@aol.com)
Raleigh, NC
18 years ago today, I was getting ready to see the concert of the year. It was a red letter day for me in my love of Rock n' Roll. Going from the heights of seeing the E Street Band tear it up, including the Xmas season opening rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," to the depths of personal loss that followed has hung with me each year on this day since. Calling in a concert report to my college radio station, I felt as if hit with a hammer in the chest as the station manager, unexpectedly on the air on a Monday night, told me the news that Cosell had stunned a nation with just a short time before. As I stood, stunned, I saw the similar expressions along the row of pay phones at the Spectrum in Philly that night. For many of us, the most unthinkable had happened. A man, sharing a message of love, had been stolen from us all. That night driving home in a car filled with family and friends, in stone silence, listening to the radio station play the music that had changed our lives, my young daughter asked why my brother and I were so sad. She had never seen this in me and Uncle Joe. Years later, she also shares my love of John. The next morning, I sucked it up and made my way to the radio station, where I grieved thru the airwaves with a large number of people who had not heard, or had fallen asleep, the night before. It took years for the deep funk of the date to begin to lift, despite pulling positive inspiration from John's music and life. Every year, my holidays started with a bout of depressing feelings...how could this have happened? Finally, over the last few years, the fog has lifted, all that remains is the love of the man, what he stood for, and of course his music. We may not see another who shone so brightly in our lifetime, but no one can ever take away what John Winston Lennon gave to us...no one, not ever...there's comfort in that. Sometime tonight, I'll be alone with my thoughts, it will creep in, and the tears will come. He was the shining light, the purveyor of "Instant Karma," the late great Johnny Ace!

Dec 8, 1998
John Mill
Love Is Real Real Is Love The World Shall Know Yours Forever

Dec 8, 1998
Mercy
USA
This day is the day, the world's heart was broken. Never will exsistence be the same. Without John Lennon what's the point of trying. His influence was much like the sky. It goes on forever but some people don't look up. Love you Lennon. I'll never forget you.

Dec 8, 1998
Marc Mortek (mortek@oswego.edu)
Manlius, NY 13104
I attended the memorial in central park last year and it was the most amazing thing I ever attended. People were there all day long and they sang his songs lit candles around the Imagine circle. They wrote poems to him. It was the most touching thing I have ever seen. I am amazed after 18 years how important John is in music and peoples lives after 18 years. I hope wherever he is he is having a good time and making music for all of us to here when we get to where he is. Peace & LOVE, Marc Mortek

Dec 8, 1998
mike
What a cool guy he was. Someone who really cared about people and who really believed in love. Maybe his death serves as a reminder of how much more we need to do for one another before we can know true peace and love.

Dec 8, 1998
Jim Palmer (jdpalmer@flash.net)
Albuquerque, NM USA
John Lennon, You talked of death so often and in your lyrics too. Did you know? Your statements like: "Death is like getting outta one car and getting into another" "Everybody loves you when your six foot in the ground" "Last night the wife said, Oh Boy, when your dead, you dont take nothing with you but your Soul" "If I ain't dead already, you know the reason why" #9 Dream: "Someone called out my name, as it started to rain, two spirits dancing so strange..." Now that your dead... what's it like? Like your son Julian, I seem to feel your presence when I am playing your music on my piano. Are you still out there? Thanks Yoko for re-issuing the Lennon/Ono billboard announcing that "War is Over, if You want it", and for the recently released John Lennon music. I wonder how your musical style would have evolved, and which issues you would address with your Beatle-hold on the media. Julian and Sean are great legacies. They seem to recognize your love for the world and for music. 12/8/80 I was at the grocery store, when the checkout lady heard that John Lennon (or Jack Lemmon) had been shot. Unbelievable! The next night many students + collected @ John Lennon Park and listened to your music, wrote sympathy notes to Yoko, Julian and Sean. I caught such a bad cold that night, that I blew my final exams, (and I'm still shivvering). I read all I could about your killer. Was this a govt. plot or was he just crazy? His interviews in People Magz seemed to indicate the latter. What a waste! I hope he has healed and shown remorse. But like others who are led by the dark, he changed the world for me. Not just for your music, but your unwavering call for us to love one another. All you were saying was to "Give Peace a Chance" and "All You Need Is LOVE". This world is a darker place without You. I miss You. Jim

Dec 8, 1998
Rocky McDaniel (Rmcdaniel@prodigy.net)
Memphis, Tenn.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. I still remember all of the beautiful things I learned from you John. You're the big brother I never had...from teaching me Rock and Roll when I was only 13 in 1964,to lessons in how to love mankind later on. The world just isn't the same without you. In my heart, you're still with me everyday. I just wanted to tell you this, on this saddest of sad days.

Dec 8, 1998
PlasticOnoBand (oktv@rocketmail.com)
s.f. california
Hey John, another comment I thought you might like...I wrote a note earlier and got a note back from someone in Liverpool, said they saw you most everyday from '59 to '62...It is quite amazing he and I hooked up on the net and what we had in common was you...I live not far from the site of your last Beatle's concert in 1966 here at Candlestick near San Francisco, and he lives in your hometown...absolutely amazing...thought you might like to know what a great job you're still doing...we're thinking of you...pob

Dec 8, 1998
Juan Carlos Negrete (jcnn@geocities.com)
Viña del Mar, CHILE.
Hi everyone, today all of us have John in our minds, but John is alive... Yeah, he is close to us with his songs, with his thoughts, with his life style for ever. Somewhere in some place John hear our voices saying "Give Peace a Chance".

Dec 8, 1998
Eddie Lee (ChinaRydr@aol.com)
I was barley 15 years of age that day when I woke to find that some heartless bastard had taken the life of one of the only people I saw as a hero. That morning, 18 years ago I hichhiked over 1000 miles to NYC to morn the loss of perhaps the greatest thinker of my generation. Standing outside the Dakota, tears in my eyes and blisters from the candle on my fingers. I knew that a special era had ended. Today, as I listen to the Lennon Anthology, I am so happy that John's voice will never be silenced. That his message of love, peace, and hope is alive and timeless. John,I pray the love you could take, was equal to the love you made. I know my life was made richer for your being here. Thank you Yoko, for keeping his love and light still shining. Thank you John, We still miss you painfully.

Dec 8, 1998
Richard Daly (Eurotrim@Compuserve.com)
England
I'm only 16 so I wan't even alive when John Lennon died. When I was about 12 or 13 I first heard his music. He's now my hero, the one person I can say I really respect. His music and ideas mean everything to me. John Lennon set my world on fire and his music helps me when I feel my lowest. Thank you John! I love you for who you are. PEACE, LOVE AND EMPATHY FOR ALL!!

Dec 8, 1998
B.Calvet
Barcelona (Spain)
IMAGINA! John vive!!! (en todos nuestros corazones)

Dec 8, 1998
Alexis Waters (flymetothemoon@mailexcite.com)
USA
John, I can't tell you how much I love you and your music. Currently, I am listening to a tape that put together full of your Beatle and solo music. I put that tape together for a vigil I put together on your birthday this past October 9th!!! =) Even though I was only 2 years old when you died, I still feel very connected to you. I have loved the Beatles for almost 3 years now and besides getting to know the Beatles as a group, I got to know each of you as an individual. Each one of you have become a part of my life, like a family. John, you are like a best friend to me, my brother!!! I miss you... =( Here's hoping you are finding peace wherever you are in heaven. Hopefully, you are there Rockin and Rollin!!! =) Please take good care of Linda... I love ya, John!!! JOHN LENNON FOREVER... Your fellow Beatle friend and sister... Alexis

Dec 8, 1998
Christine Paldino (CPaldino@Neumail.com)
Clifton, New Jersey, USA
I've been keeping relatively up-to-date on the messages left here today. I placed a message to John here early this morning. I just HAD to add to it, after what I've seen today. It is a great testament to John and his life and work that so many of us have chosen to write our feelings here today. I am seeing messages from those who remembered John and the Beatles and experienced the magic firsthand. I see them from those like me, who were too young for Beatlemania, but old enough to discover John while he was still with us in a physical sense. And finally, I see many thoughts from those who were born several years after we lost John. So many years after we lost him, he is still such an integral part of so many of our lives. I surround myself with his music every day, even if just for a few moments. He is as much a part of my daily life as my family, my friends, my work. We are all fortunate to have found this beautiful bond. Not only have we found John, but each of us has found all the others who have come here today. We each understand what everyone else is thinking, feeling, experiencing, remembering. His song is in my heart today and every day. And having visited Bagism today, I see that his song remains alive in all of us. God Bless you John. And those of you who will be traveling to Central Park tonight to remember, light a candle for me.

Dec 8, 1998
Tammy Loney (jlennongrrl@hotmail.com)
Waynesville, MO USA
John, even though you've been gone for 18 years, your music still touches us all. I love you

Dec 8, 1998
bath (sror4@internet-zahav.net)
israel
even though I'm only 15 years old I realy love john lennon and that day, I think is very sad specialy nobody realy know what realy happened(the whole story with the fbI) us a great fan I'm very sad for all of us and I hope that we wo'nt forget him.we can't!!! (how someone can forget this great musician???) I write thos words while hearing one of his songs and that whay I sound that way.

Dec 8, 1998
Shelley Gayler
I know this sounds crazy but I feel that we will always be together forever. I love you with all my heart. P.s. your music was not crap!

Dec 8, 1998
Cristina (isis5_5_75@yahoo.com)
NY, USA
I'm only 14 years old, but I found John through my mom who is a long devoted fan of John + the Beatles. Today was absolutely horrible-- not to mention every year on this day-- words can't express how much I cried..... You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us + the world will live as one. I LOVE YOU JOHN

Dec 8, 1998
bath (sror4@internet-zahav.net)
israel
john, i love you deeply not like a foolish fan I think I know aboat your life and all I can sayis you were'nt a dreamer and i can say you're not the only one you all shine on!!! hell with you chapman!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Lynn
Liverpool,England
What do you write in 'rememberence' of John Lennon ....I do know he would wonder what all this fuss is about. He is Liverpools Legend the years pass by but the story of John Lennon his works, his music, indeed his travel through this life is passed onto generation. A city mourns the death of it's child tonight. Peace on Earth

Dec 8, 1998
Garth Welch
On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman assasinated John Lennon. Who knows what evil thoughts went through Chapman's mind as he fired the gun that killed Lennon? Why would anyone want to kill my hero, a man of peace? If there is a God may He bless the soul of John Lennon. This is for you John-ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.

Dec 8, 1998
William Tyma (tyma@ctllc.com)
Virden,Il,USA
When I first saw the anthology series on ABC I didn't know who The Beatles really were, but after sitting down with my father and watching them I knew that these four men were the best in music. My favorite Beatle was John because he was very intelligent and outspoken, like myself. After listening to my father's records I decided to go get some albums of John's solo work. John Lennon is the best songwriter, the only exeception is Paul, and musician that rock music has ever seen. I always wish that he could of lived long enough that I could experience his presence other than watching old videos. We all shine on...

Dec 8, 1998
Franklin Cataño Castro (fcc@uniquindio.edu.co)
Calarca, Quindio, Colombia
Hola Jhon: Otro año mas, cada vez es mas dificil saber que el tiempo pasa y que nunca estaras nuevamente con nosotros, te recordamos y te recondaremos siempre y en todo momento! Gracias por dejar tu musica que es un legado de felicidad y de motivacion.! DESCANSA EN PAZ JHON. DONDE QUIERA QUE ESTES! I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Julie Brydon (jbrydon@uci.edu)
Irvine, CA
I was only a baby when John Lennon was killed, yet his music and actions have had a huge impact on my life. His music is some of the most beautiful and powerful music ever written. His words move me like no one elses. His efforts for peace will not be soon forgotten. It saddens me that John was gone before I even discovered him. He lives on in my heart and the hearts of others forever.

Dec 8, 1998
Jenny (nowhere_girl9@hotmail.com)
John, Although I am only 13 and wasn't fortunate enough to know you during your lifetime, I am still sad today. Just because I never knew you doesn't mean I'm not crying. You changed my life. Without your music, I wouldn't be alive right now. Yes, I would be physically alive, but my soul would be dead, even more than it was before I first heard your voice. You showed me how to live. There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said before, but I will say it again.. I love you. I hope you have peace, where ever you are. .... Thank you John. Prudence has opened her eyes.

Dec 8, 1998
Linda (BEER999999@aol.com)
New York
John, We are "Together Forever" Words can Never express our Deep Bond! I Love You Beyond Forever, Linda

Dec 8, 1998
Craig Toomey (Toomey@sprint.ca)
Quebec, Canada
Reading all these comments is comforting to me on one of the saddest days of my life, just knowing that so many still treasure John's memory. When John was taken from us, it left a gaping hole in our life experience. I try to fill it with his music and words but things have never been the same since that gunshot rang out in the night at the Dakota. Thank you John for the incredible music you left behind. We'll never forget you! Shine On!

Dec 8, 1998
Paloma
Eso de hablar con los muertos nunca me ha gustado, pero... John: eras un tipazo. Sólo espero que estés en el cielo porque eso del infierno ha de ser muy feo. Hasta un día de estos (muy lejano, espero) Amén.

Dec 8, 1998
Roger Nilsson (doctoraftershave@hotmail.com)
Los Angeles, California
I can still remember it clearly. I was seven years old, living in Minnesota. My parents owned Beatles albums but I was more into the Beatles as solo artists and didn't listen to them much (the Beatles). At the time, I only heard of John's work with the songs that were from "Double Fantasy" and other songs I heard at the time on the radio. I can remember hearing "(Just Like) Starting Over" when it first came out and I really liked it. About a month later I was watching the 5:00 news when the top story came on. It was about the shooting of John Lennon that happened the night before. I sat there puzzled, not really understanding the whole incident. I'm not really sure what my feelings were at the time. For the rest of the week, the radio kept playing Lennon/Beatles tunes and I would lay in bed listening to music I had never heard before. Soon after, I started to play my parents' Beatles albums and wondered why this man had such an influnce on society. As I played the albums over and over I realised slowly that the world had lost a truly powerful man and things would never be the same. Soon after that, I was becoming more and more obsessed about the Beatles. My mother saw how intrested I was about the Beatles and bought me three of their albums for a christmas present in 1982. As the years went by, my obsession for the Beatles turned into love and I felt sad and cheated by the fact that there was no John Lennon around to make great music. After all these years, it still upsets me that he isn't alive. I still get the chills when I hear his music from "Double Fantasy", because that's when I first realised that life is not forever and that happiness can be crushed like a bug. John will always be my favorite entertainer and human. May he rest in peace.

Dec 8, 1998
shawna (sheena@televar.com)
Omak, Washington
I was only 3 years old when John was killed so I didn't know of him when he was alive but I feel as if I did. It was only two years ago I became a fan of the Beatles and it was only a matter of moments before I fell in love with John. He means very much to me and I cry every time I think of what happened. His music will always live on and he will never be forgotton.

Dec 8, 1998
Randy Blazak (randy@ch1.ch.pdx.edu)
Portland, Or - NUTOPIA
John is alive in our dream of peace. For the world to have peace, each individual must have peace. Confront the anger and bigotry in your self. We all shine on. John, we miss your music and energy more every day. You are here.

Dec 8, 1998
Sarah (sarahluvsbeatles@hotmail.com)
Illinois
John, I love you and miss you so much. I wasn't here when you were, I came 2 years after, but I still love you and miss you the same. It gets worse and worse each year. We all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun....John, you shine the brightest, I love you and miss you with all of my heart!! Love always, Sarah

Dec 8, 1998
Martika (Martika@hotmail.com)
Hi John, Just wanted to say that I love you man and your always going to be in our hearts, will never forget you!

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