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John Lennon Remembered -- Page 3


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
Masha (the_sunflower_garden@juno.com)
Berkeley, CA, USA
hey john. i'm sorry i didn't even notice it was the 8th already.... been caught up with so much these last few months, and you know what i'm talking about, too. i hope you're okay up there, i'm rather confused about everything but my music's ok. i love and miss you. *HUGS*

Dec 8, 1998
Dalou (lilcrow@island.net)
Vancouver Island, BC
Wow... what a heart-warming sight to see all these testaments of faith and love in the man who's soul shines on. I was 14 when I heard of John's death on the bedside radio... I was too young to be there for "where were you when Kennedy was shot" but that night of Dec 8, 1980 will never be forgotton for me. I was first turned onto the Beatles and John when my Dad bought me the White Album when I was 11 or 12... it opened my mind and changed my life. Goo Goo Ga Joob... Rock on, John

Dec 8, 1998
Brian
I remember sullivan, the music, the awakening, the awareness, the disappointment, the tragedy, the roosevelt, the dakota, the vigil, and you. I will always light the candle for you John.

Dec 8, 1998
Gretchen Miller (veggie@givepeaceachance.com)
Ida Grove, IA, USA
I was born a mere four months after John's death, so I didn't experience the initial pain. For many years, I never knew of the music...I knew he was dead, but it meant nothing to me because I didn't know him. Now, after I have discovered the Beatles, and realized how much John meant to everyone and how much he brought to the world. I considered wearing all black today to be in mourning, but then I changed my mind, and wore my cream Lennon T-shirt...when I thought about it, I shouldn't be mourning his passing, but rather celebrating his life. I should remember how much he gave me in the time he was here, and be thankful for that. Everyone, instead of being sad all day that he died, we should be happy he was here for the time he was.

Dec 8, 1998
Cherry (beatnikcherry@hotmail.com)
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.A.
Today, I wore all black and my button that says "I Love John". When people at school asked me why I was wearing what I was wearing, I told them "18 years ago today, John Lennon died". I love John like I knew him even though I was born 2 months after he died. It's hard to think about how John died, so we must continue to think about how he lived. I love you John, where ever you are...

Dec 8, 1998
I Know Who I Am
Canada
John... you know how to make a tough guy weep... J'te manque beaucoup cher ami.

Dec 8, 1998
Philip Edwards
Sandy, UT USA
"All you need is love." If only the world remembered and lived by this, it would be a much better place. You'll always live on in our hearts, John.

Dec 8, 1998
Jen Simmons (freebird19@mailexcite.com)
Alabama
Tonight is a very sad night for all of us. All I know to do is to maybe light a candle in Johns memory.I just wish I lived in NYC,so I could attend the vigil there. Oh well. We all do what we can...its the love that matters.

Dec 8, 1998
Michael Espinosa / Joel Kelley (valkor@amnesiac.nmsu.edu)
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
John lives on in all of us who love and miss him. I miss him everyday. You gotta believe there is something better than this, and I do...and John was the one who first showed me a glimpse...a glimpse of true love, a glimpse of Heaven. We miss you bro. Love is all you need!

Dec 8, 1998
Sarah
England
I was exactly a year and one month old when you died, but it still hurts... I only wish I could have seen and heard your work as it happened. I had written a peom for you, but I don't think it is finished yet. I haven't said all I want to say in it. You were the best as explaining feeling. All you need is love. You will live on in me, as in millions of others. I love you John xxxx

Dec 8, 1998
Josette (haskell@cookeville.com)
USA
I lost my real father on November 7, 1970. But I don't think I really felt that pain until Dec. 8, 1980. I guess that is because, when all is said and done, John Lennon raised me as much as my real father did. And all in all, I think he did a pretty good job. Thanks, John. Josette

Dec 8, 1998
Lee
Poole, Dorset, England
Still the Best Music Ever! Truly Missed.

Dec 8, 1998
lennonlvr (sheena@televar.com)
Omak, WA
Sometimes I ask myself why, why did I have to fall in love with John? Why did he have to become my favorite Beatle? Why couldn't it have been Paul, George, or Ringo? At least that way I would have been spared so much pain. Now as I listen to his music and think of his life and message I know I wouldn't want it any other way. He might not be here physically but he will always live in my heart and in the hearts of millions.

Dec 8, 1998
Jodi (JodiVB@aol.com)
NJ
It still hurts to think about that night, hearing the news that John was gone. I remember every detail of what I was doing when I heard the news... I dont remember events from my own family the way I remember this. I had the pleasure of meeting John briefly in Central Park, and have had a few chance meetings with Yoko since this time... these are memories I will treasure forever... John, you were truly loved by millions... and are still missed

Dec 8, 1998
Chris
Thanks John

Dec 8, 1998
Jodi B (Beatls1@aol.com)
Lodi, NJ
There are so many thoughts I can add to what I wrote before... I still feel the pain... I still cry when I hear many of the songs that filled my life with joy... John, the memory of you will dwell in our hearts forever... you will live on in your music, in your words, and in all that you were... I light a candle to you, and sing praises to all that you stood for. I will honor the wishes of those close to you, and never mention the name of the vile scum who took you from all of us too soon... I only wish him nothing but torment for all eternity... it is the least that he deserves! Shine on, John... Shine on...

Dec 8, 1998
mike pirrung (maskmanmikep@webtv.net)
john is with GOD GOD is with john

Dec 8, 1998
Vega
USA
John is in the sky with diamonds

Dec 8, 1998
Julie
USA
I was born 4 years after John's death, but I start to cry whenever I think about him. Even though he was killed 18 years ago, his soul still lives on in our hearts. I miss you John. Peace.

Dec 8, 1998
Ed O'Donnell (odonnell61@earthlink.net)
USA
It's great to see all the Lennon fans out there pouring their hearts out over our fallen comrade. The older I get, the more I appreciate what John Lennon accomplished in such a short lifetime. I was only 19 when he died. I'm now 37. And I didn't then realize just how young 40 actually is. I think we were somewhat simpatico, he and I. At least, I get that impression from listening to his music and reading various interviews and books. He really means a lot to me, and he always will. Words fail. I don't know how much he'd appreciate all this outpouring of feeling, cynical rogue that he was. I just wish he had lived long enough to truly appreciate his contributions to the world. He was the last of the great Beatles "demythifiers." Always insisted on denying their importance: "We did some good stuff and some bad stuff." "We were just a band that made it very big." I kind of understand what he was trying to do--I think he wanted to remember who he was before he became a Beatle. And I think he was really succeeding. Had he lived, he most certainly would have come to terms and become more comfortable with his past--because he was the first to defend The Beatles if anyone dared disparage them! We lost so much when John Lennon died--but we gained so much because he lived.

Dec 8, 1998
Katie (instantkarma_11@hotmail.com)
Dear John, The world of music and the world of our imaginations have never been the same since your death. I miss you very much-- we all do. I am burning a candle for you right at this moment--and am listening to your music, which I love and cherish. You will always be one of my greatest heroes, and I will keep on writing English papers on you till I fall over breathless with a big fat F in my hands. Your death was both senseless and violent, and you certainly did not deserve to die. Your killer deserves to die--to be thrown in a room with a group of your dearest fans. We would have our ways with him. Right now, I have just listened to Howard Cosell telling about your death, and my whole body is still covered with goosebumps from it. You are more missed and loved than you ever thought you would be, and if I had three wishes, I would probably wish for you back again to fill our lives with hope and music once again. Vaya Con Dios.

Dec 8, 1998
Christopher Rubie
Hey John, my thoughts are with you on this day as I remember you for all the love you gave to the world. When no one stood up to say what they felt was right you did. I thank you for all that you have done for me by being an influence on my personality, expression, and most important, my creativity. Through your music you gave me a chance to see my creativity in art more on a wider perspective. With all my love and all my thought's I thank you in this day of rememberance. With all of God's love with you in heaven, Christopher

Dec 8, 1998
Dave
Canada
I usually boycott writing anything on this day, just because it makes me too sad, and it seems like not enough. Somehow, today I just feel that I need to say that John Lennon has been the greatest influence on my life, and he deserves to be remembered. I also want to say that I wish Julian Lennon would stop whining about how his father was such a bad person. It is 18 years after his death, and he still wants to smear his name, because he is jealous about Sean and Yoko getting all the money. He's also jealous because he will never be as brilliant as John was.

Dec 8, 1998
Ashley "Semolina Pilchard" (beatlefreak69@hotmail.com)
John, Well, Another year, a little older, and this doesn't get any easier. Each year there are a few less who remember, or care, but I can't erase the awful feeling i get in my stomach when I know what an injust place this world is because you were taken just when things started to really work for you. I suppose it's one of those things that you never get over. In the words of Elliot Mintz, "No one ever gets over a tragedy of this magnitude. You just learn to readjust, to cope, to deal with a different reality." I don't guess there's much more to say, John, except thank you. You, through your music and ideals, have helped me through more hard times than anyone else, and in that respect, you are not only the ideal of artistry that i dream of achieving, but also my closest and most intimate friend. I miss you....

Dec 8, 1998
ILoveJohn
No one is powerful enough to really take you away from us.

Dec 8, 1998
Avril
Canada
Love you forever John. Miss you, thinking about you and wish you were still alive. Lots of love today to Yoko, Sean, Julian,Cyn and the remaining fab 3. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Dec 8, 1998
Katie (kazra@unforgettable.com)
NS, Canada
When I think of John what comes to mind is what a shame. This man of peace who praised love for all humankind is gunned down by one of his fellow humans..for what? Whow knows, I guess only the man (if ya can call him that) who pulled the trigger knows. The brightest stars always seem to fall too soon. Always stop to Imagine.

Dec 8, 1998
Ed O'DONNELL (odonnell61@earthlink.net)
USA
Miss you and love you, John

Dec 8, 1998
mike pirrung (maskmanmikep@webtv.net)
phila pa
yoko everybody makes fun of you i always stick up for you i say say hey john was yokos husband he was one of the greatest people that ever lived and his wife was his so i tell them just leave yoko alone there is a spot next to god and john for you yoko god bless you peace

Dec 8, 1998
enigma
pittsburgh, pa
it hurts, it really does. I can feel the pain in my stomach. You died 2 years before I was born, yet I feel I know you, I feel like I was there in the shadows that nite. We were never even on this earth at the same time, but in my heart, my soul....that is where you will live forever. thank you

Dec 8, 1998
Aliceanne Linderman (alican@email.com)
Phila. PA
Today my 19 year old son told me he cried when he heard a local radio station play "Imagine" in a tribute,while he was driving home. To me, that says it all, that the children born of our generation are moved and shaken by the events that happened when they were just babies. My prayer is that THEIR children will also be moved. He changed the world with his music and his philosophy of life. There will always be a void in his absence.

Dec 8, 1998
Rajiv Satyal (satyalrk@email.uc.edu)
from "Be-Bop-A-Lula" to "(Just Like) Starting Over" "the greatest of them all..." My guess is that Life does begin at 40. I hope you're enjoying it up there. You remain an inspiration to many. Jai Guru Deva Om

Dec 8, 1998
Fernando Cordero (fcordero@purdue.edu)
Puerto Rico
You still Shine on, like the moon, the stars and sun. You are definitely the greatest John and even though you are not here, your music and your legacy will keep you alive forever.

Dec 8, 1998
Randy D. (Lennon_Imagine@hotmail.com)
Illinois
Every time I think of you, I feel sad and happy at once. You touched so many of our lives, I can't begin to thank you for how much you mean to me. I love you and miss you, John. Please watch over us from Heaven.

Dec 8, 1998
J.S (jstein6461@aol.com)
Georgia/ United States
I was 22 yrs.old when John Lennon was shot. I remember very vividly THE Sunday night The Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan. I was only 6 yrs. Two years prior, my father had died from a heart attack, the following year my big sister died at the age of 14 from a head injury. My mother had re-married to someone not so nice, ...and then, The Beatles appeared on the Sullivan show one Sunday night...I've always thought of them as true brothers to me. It was good to know that whatever else was going on...The Beatles were out with a new record! Well, as George Harrison said, 'All things must pass', and The Beatles were no more, but, they were still around, including John. All four inspired me to try my hand at being a musician, as they did millions of others. Many famous bands that have since come and gone, would have never existed had it not been for them. It's ironic to me somehow, that the night John Lennon was shot, I was sitting in my crappy old apartment, late, with the radio in the backround way down low, ...writing a new song...always when I wrote, I thought; Mr.Lennon's gonna hear this one day... The loss is immeasurable. The next morning, people young and old, black, white, green, whatever, were stunned. He touched so many lives in so many ways. We all miss you John, wish you could do an encore. We may perhaps had even seen The Four in the studio together again... who knows? Mrs.Lennon, our respects. Paul, George, Ringo... our respects as well. Thanks for it all!

Dec 8, 1998
Kelly (76521.2741@compuserve.com)
Shrewsbury, MA, USA
Today at work (I work at a restaurant), I mentioned aloud that I thought today was the anniversary of J.L.'s death. A waitress, in her mid-20s, said, "John Lennon died?" Then the bartender said, "Yeah, didn't he have a heart attack?" I couldn't believe what I was hearing! I was in high school in 1980, and was awakened by my father early in the morning December 9 with the news, having gone to bed early the night before. It was a sad day.

Dec 8, 1998
Moriel Vandsburger (mvhippy@yahoo.com)
Virginia USA
Although I was born in 1982, I feel that the efforts that john Lennon put forth towards promotting world peace did not die with him, and have effectively reached me. It was just 1 and half years ago in the summer when I heard all of Imagine for the first time. All of a sudden a new world was opened to me, and I realized what I needed to do. Subsequently, last year (as a 10th grader), I hastily gathered all of the stickers from our house on this morning of last year, and proceeded to write on them the word IMAGINE with peace signs on both sides of the word. I ran out of stickers after making 400 during the first two periods of the day (primarily during gym class). This year I was slightly more organized, and prepared 700 at home the night before. By the end of the day I had distributed all but 6 (which all ended up on my guitar case). Several people embraced the message that I was trying to send, that we need to act towards peace, and now. But others were either oblivious to the message, and just wore it because it was "cool", or even rude. Several people, some of which I speak to every day, would accept the gift that I gave them and would then tear it up and attempt to throw the shreds at me. Others would only take it if they could place it on their asses. The pathetic disrespect of some of my students makes me sick. Just to think that they are content with sitting around while other people needlesly die in a world racked with violence and hatred. These instances affected me greatly, but the worst was when I offered a sticker to one of the teachers who I do not especially respect (coincidentally the coach of the pep squad. It figures that her comprehensive IQ would be low). She took the sticker, and then folded it and tore it, and told me that whe refused to wear anything with peace signs because it was a "lost cause." This angered me more than anything. Despite the numerous disapointments, I did have some hope. I could see in the expressions of several people (primarily the freshmen/women), that their perspectives had been opened. It makes sense because I only became the way I am around that time, and I could tell that I had seriously affected several of them. This gave me a sense of both satisfaction, and enjoyment. The numerous hours that I had spent creating the stickers, and the pain that my hands had endured (they were still shaking today) had accomplished the most rewarding of rewards: exposing someone to the message of peace and love. As I now listen to IMAGINE on my radio, I can only thank John Lennon for all that he did. I do not idolize him, but rather respect him for his effort towards promoting world peace, and admire him for his music, poetry, and committment. All that I can say is that I have been touched, and I hope that others have too. Although John didn't believe in either heaven or hell, I am sure that he is somewhere comfortable, admiring those of us who listen to his message and carry it on to others. A day of peace, love, and Imagining. A day of opening minds, and finding others closed. A day of Om, and a day of IMAGINE. A day of rememberance, and a day of respect. A day of thought, and a day of realizing one's true self. Thank you John for shaping my life and inspiring me for the better. Thank you for dedicating your life for the goal that I care about so much. And I hope that I can only do the same. Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will live as one. Peace, Love, Nature, and always Imagine Moriel

Dec 8, 1998
Trudeau
Canada
I love you, John. Thank you for the way you reach me every day. Your words will never rest.

Dec 8, 1998
Angel (lennon98@erols.com)
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Well, it's been 18 years. 18 years full of chaos. I still think of you as a wonderful man although alot of people saw you as a drug addict and only that. I feel that there will never be a musician as talented as you. You did so much for the world, John. You loved Yoko and you didn't give a damn about what anyone else thought. You loved your sons as well. We all miss you and the day you died, we all lost a friend. Your music will always live on. Peace, man.

Dec 8, 1998
Valerie (vkeller@gte.net)
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Has it really been only 18 years? I'm too young to have ever coexisted with John on this earth, but...wow. In the seemingly short time since his death, too many people have forgotten what a wonderful and popular musician he was--a feat he managed along with being an icon for peace and a great visual artist. John, if you're up there somewhere, I can't tell you how much you've affected my life--but I can say thank you. Thank you with all my heart and I promise to try harder to "spread your Beatleness upon the world"... :..) Love always...Valerie

Dec 8, 1998
joel
San Francisco, CA
The death of John Lennon makes less sense to me than anything else I have come across in my 34 years... We still have the music, of course, but what the planet lost 18 years ago was one of the most open, talented, and productive channels to the human experience. His charm, chrisma and appeal come not from who he was necessarily, but from how alive he could make each of us feel. In my life to this point, the thrills I have felt while taking in his songs and his words have been unmatched by my encounters with any other person. And I never even met him!

Dec 8, 1998
Sharon
Dallas, Texas, USA
I've been a Beatle fan since I was three years old. I remember the night of December 8, 1980, very well, and I will never forget the events that happened that tragic night. My sister called me from college to tell me that John had been shot. At the time, it was not confirmed that he had died. And, when I got the second call from my sister, I couldn't speak. I hung up the phone, cried and stayed awake all night until I could hear the morning paper hit the pavement outside. I didn't want to open up the paper at first, but I did, and there it was in the headlines. I was watching the movie, Bless the Beast and the Children" at the time John died. For those who don't know the movie, it is a story about a group of "misfit" boys who fight to free the buffalo. One boy is shot and killed in the process. Hence the name, Bless the Beast and the Children. As many did, I wore a black arm band to school-- I was a junior in high school. I didn't go to classes for three days. I remember the candlelit vigil at Lee Park in Dallas, and the minute of silence in honor of John. I miss you, John. You and your music live in my heart and always will.

Dec 8, 1998
Mike (El Nino@aol.com)
CT
All I can really say is that we all have to "Imagine" what the world would be like with John, Not only did he charectorize the perfect life in the song imagine, but he expressed ideas that were not exactally what most americans thought it should be. But John proved to the world and to himself that he was to live life to the fullest by all means, and if it wasnt for that one man, he would have. He is one man that id like to shake his hand. I will always remember him. Mike

Dec 8, 1998
Sara Schmidt (cusks2@pen.eiu.edu)
Charleston, Illinois, USA
It has been 18 years, and I miss you John just as much now as I did then. I pray for Yoko, Sean, and Julian tonight as they grieve the lose of the man they loved the most. John, we all love you and miss you, and I hope to see you when I am in paradise. Sara

Dec 8, 1998
Bruce (windsor@worlchat.com)
Ontario, Canada
Peace on Earth. Good Will Towards Men. Thanks John

Dec 8, 1998
Steve Andrisevic
Kansas City,Missouri
Dear John:Much has changed in the 18 years since you had to go away.I have grown up in so many ways and now I have a woman who I have taken for a wife and I know now how you felt about Yoko.I remember the night you were shot.I went into a total shock and proceeded to get drunk.That lasted for a period of 6 years.Iam now sober and have been that way for over a decade.Thinking back on where the world was in 1980 as opposed to 1998,I think you left this world a better place for having done what you did.Many folks have tried to discredit you in books and God knows you were never perfect,but,you tried and were successful at so much more than other people in your sphere of influence have done.Though this day always makes me sad,with every year that passes I learn to celebrate your life for what it was.Thanks John for showing us all how to shine on!!! PEACE!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Colleen
Rhode Island, USA
Although I was only 9 when John was senselessly taken from us, this day affects me deeply. When I fell in love with The Beatles about two years later, and reading everything I could get my hands on about them and John, I remember wishing I was there that night, and if I could have somehow done something to stop that tragedy, I would have. I know it was just a fantasy I had at the time, but thats how much I wanted him back. I remember when Imagine: John Lennon the movie came out, I knew I had to see it--by myself. It was just too personal to share for me. I just read the first page of messages and it's so awesome that all these fans from around the world have been touched by this man. I had the honor to visit London and Liverpool in August of last year with the "Magical Mystery Tour". I dreamed of it since I became a fan, and it was well worth it. I'm watching Legends on VH-1 right now as I'm writing this, and it's almost over. So sad....God bless you Yoko, Sean, Julian, Cyn, I know John is up there watching on all of us. Give Peace A Chance. John, I'll always love and miss you!

Dec 8, 1998
Christopher Giganti (csorin@juno.com)
John, I never knew you and I regret that so much more than you can ever realize. I never knew firsthand the effects you had on the world during your life, though I've seen them since, the effect you had on people, your true ability to imagine...a world of peace, a world with hope of a better tomorrow, where all are truly equal. This day, since I've know of you, has been one of the saddest of my life. The first I learned of what today meant, tears came to my eyes with the thought of who you were, and how it was destroyed. I know you are at true peace wherever you are. Yes, I know you weren't perfect. But nobody is. It is not any attempt at perfection that people try to give your thought. What people see in you was your compassion for the world, your thoughts and feelings towards the world, your open-mindedness, your ideals of true freedom in a world that more often than not seems to be completely enslaved by materialism or governments, or one thing or another. Any way that one looks at you, John, a true believer in you, beauty is seen. Love is felt. Even so long after your passing. Your ideals are still viewed within our own ideals. We will always love you, John. Your words, your wisdom, your contribution to mankind in all ways. I can only hope, wherever you are, whoever you might be reincarnated as, or whatever Nirvana or paradise you have found, that you truly know how we feel and how much you have helped us through it all. Perhaps someday your lovers and friends will be with you for the first time, or once more.

Dec 8, 1998
Jessica
Canada
John: I have never met you really, but it seems as though there is a bond between us. I know you must be very happy where you are, and that makes me happy. Maybe what happened to you was a way for you to be everywhere and touch eveyone, because you have. My heart is with your family and friends, and all the other kindreds who have Heard. I love what you have done...

Dec 8, 1998
Eloise Costello (rcostell@home.com)
Fanwood, NJ USA
John, I miss miss miss you every day. You gave the world your songs, your poetry, yourself. Thank you. Love and peace forever...Eloise

Dec 8, 1998
Tammy Loney (jlennongrrl@hotmail.com)
Waynesville, MO USA
Well, I was 10 months old when John was shot, but I feel as though I know the man. I find it wonderful that he still touches people after being gone for 18 years, but it also saddens me every year they immortalize the man that shot him on this day also. Why do we even remember him? Every time we think of him, or say his name, he kills John again. I've read through alot of these messages and I am sickened that they even mention his name on a page dedicated to the memory of JOHN. Let's forget about him! Remember John and his music. Also remember Yoko and Sean and all of the people who were close to him. Don't remeber that slug of a human being. Anyone who shares my belief, write to me at jlennongrrl@hotmail.com

Dec 8, 1998
John Lennon Forever
John is the greatest. He'll always be alive.

Dec 8, 1998
Garrett "Walrus Sterculius" Gilbertson (walrus@weirdness.com)
Black River Falls, WI
I may have not even been alive in his lifetime but that does'nt mean he can't live for my genereation as well. THanks for everything John

Dec 8, 1998
Stacey
I believe that everyone that has had a chance to have known and heard of John knows the power he had over our lives. I never had the chance to meet him myself, he died 3yrs. before I was even born. Nevertheless I still feel as though I knew him for who he was, all his life, the troubled childhood, completeing his most wildest dream (becoming a musician/singer), and finally finding the happyness of the family he had always looked for. John, you must have packed at least 80 yrs. in the very short 40 you had lived. If I ever have the chance to meet you in heaven it will be my most ultimate dream come true, I hope that day isn't for awhile but I want it to happen. The legacy that John has left behind has changed us all, for who we are and are going to be, and I hope that the future generations will feel the same. John, you were born before your time and taken to soon. . . . . WAR IS OVER if you want it. peace and love to all who read this.

Dec 8, 1998
Suzanne (carolp@fcs-net.com)
Buffalo, NY
John Lennon/John Legend....Most of us never even met you. But we love you and will never ever forget you. Thank you for your beautiful music and your beautiful life. Your memory will be with us forever.

Dec 8, 1998
Walter Wilde (gripweed@earthlink.net)
Marin County, CA. USA
Tonight, I'll listen to the music. Tonight, I'll play and sing the music. Tonight, I'll watch the "special." Funny how these "Tonights" never seem to end, and tomorrow is within an earshot.

Dec 8, 1998
Jessica McNamara (jbmcnamara@bsuvc.bsu.edu)
Chicago, IL
I posted some of my thoughts on here earlier in the day, but I just had to come back and say how wonderful all the messages I have read are! I'm sure John knows, and is very happy, that his messages of love and peace have not been forgotten! Jai Guru Deva Om, John. Peace and Love to all true Lennon fans.-Jessica

Dec 8, 1998
ELVIRA JUĀREZ (virele@hotmail.com)
Venezuela
John I met you but you didn`t meet me, you have changed all my life, you made me more human, you`re still alive in my heart but we need you in the earth, here there and everywhere! love you forever xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx i`ll never forget you!

Dec 8, 1998
Arlene Patcyk (arpat@alltel.net)
Kittanning, PA
John, The world misses you, we grieve for ourselves in a world with you no longer in it, yet we know that you have made it a better place for all of us left behind. One cannot imagine what the world would have been like had there never been a John Lennon. Your memory, your music and your messages live on in all of us. Let's work together to make John and Yoko's dream of peace a reality.

Dec 8, 1998
Tony
Somewhere in Nutopia
JOHN: THANK YOU FOR BEING "IN MY LIFE"... THANK YOU YOKO FOR YOUR WONDERFUL GIFT TO US THIS YEAR, "THE ANTHOLOGY". UNTIL WE ALL MEET AGAIN... LOVE & PEACE TO ALL

Dec 8, 1998
paul (led@zepp46.freeserve.co.uk)
woolton LIVERPOOL ENGLAND
AND WE ALL SHINE ON. MISS YOU, PAUL

Dec 8, 1998
mela alexian (parakeet@netbird.com)
this year i've been playing the beatles christmas records a lot... and john, good old john. it seems only a short time since i was seven and watching the beatles on ed sullivan. it makes me feel so good to see all the younger guys who weren't even born when john died, holding his dream and keeping the spirit alive. stand up forever and win... don't let your love grow cold... never surrender. love, mela

Dec 8, 1998
Chris Lee (christophelee@sprint.ca)
Montreal
John, My idol, my heros and my model. By your music you had changed my life and my thought on people. Peace and Love John!!!

Dec 8, 1998
PAUL CHARLES PAYNE (led@zepp46.freeserve.co.uk)
liverpool
missing you John

Dec 8, 1998
Libby (niyteLyte@aol.com)
pittsburgh pa
I love the music that you wrote, the feeling that you put in it...May you rest in peace and you are dearly missed.... Libby age 21 Pittsburgh pa

Dec 8, 1998
Michael Sciulo
Atlanta, Ga
Dear john, We love u and miss u very much. On ur death we celebreate ur life Peace and Love and restore power to the people. Also to anyone that reads this, tongiht for John play the song imagine and look up at the sky, and the stars, and if u look hard enough u can see the lyrics in the sky. its all there its so easy. follow his lead. live love. love life

Dec 8, 1998
Rach (rach721@nni.com)
Pennsylvania
John- Thank you for saving me. Thank you for giving me your music, your dreams, and your everything. You sacrificed so much to achieve what you did, and although it seems as though your work was left unfinished, in many ways it wasn't. I actually had a beautiful (as beautiful as cyber can get) moment this evening. I was in a chat room and it was just me and matsu and torkynez. We all lit candles, turned out the lights, put on Imagine, and cried together. Well I cried. I don't know if they did. Things like this sometimes make me wonder if Lennon's goal was acheived. That people who don't know each other can come together (although on such a horrid topic) and comfort each other. It really is a beautiful night. Today in school, I spoke to a friend of mine. We were discussing tattooes (for no reason imparticular) and I mentioned that I want a drawing of John Lennon on my shoulder blade. I don't know if any of you think that is senseless, but that is what I want and you can keep your thoughts to yourself about that. At any rate, she asked me why I wanted a tattoo of John Lennon, and she made one of those "you're a moron" faces. I told her that he is my hero in more ways than one, that he was a beautiful man and his time came to soon. I told her that I wanted it and that was all she really had to know. She laughed at me and said "Why on earth do you like John Lennon?" And I told her, because I did. I went into this big speech, and she just gave me this disgusted look. I got offended and told her that it was the anniversary of his death and she didn't care. I know I have no right to be mad, but it still irks me that no one is sensitive enough to think that I am going to care. All those little jerks who were so upset about Kurt Cobain's death. He wasn't around half as long as John (in the "business" i mean), and he wasn't nearly affective. But they have the nerve to laugh when someone *I* love is dead. They have the nerve to laugh at the fact that a dreamer died and when he did half a million souls went with him. And so, I'm here to say goodbye. 18 years ago, the voice of The Beatles was silenced, destined to forever be only sleeping. That night the world grew a little colder, we grew a little angrier, but John will always survive in our hearts.

Dec 8, 1998
HAPPY!
As i sit here and read these i feel very happy because i know i am not alone in this world of hate. there are people like me people that love. and the man that we owe this all to is him. why? Why john? why they have to take me hero from my heart. :(

Dec 8, 1998
linda (you know)
CT U.S.A.
thank you John. You still are changing my life. I L Y. see you when i get to heaven.

Dec 8, 1998
Michelle
Florida
John risked his popularity and reputation for what he thought was right. May we all follow in those large footsteps and make a difference to the world and our next-door neighbor. What matters in life is what we are remembered for. Though we never lived at the same time, the torch of peaceful revolutionaries will never burn out! Long live that legacy! (All you need is) Love, Michelle "And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make" -The Beatles "He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." 1 Cor. 9:6

Dec 8, 1998
C. J. Rogers (MZLENNON@aol.com)
Northern California USA
I saw John smiling down from the Moon. The stars were especially bright with all the hope of a new day. THE SEASON OF GLASS came with no warning, and cut down deep to our very souls. It is only through your eternal love, spiritial guidance, and yor prayers for the human race, that we have come to know that NOW you are part of EVERYTHING that is BEAUTIFUL. Where ever you are, you are here. I will smile back and be at peace. Thank you # 9. IMAGINE, A #9 DREAM......... I welcome any e-mail. I'll tell you about my John Lennon tattoo! This is my 26th year anniversary as a HUGE J.L.fan!!!!!!!!!

Dec 8, 1998
Phil (pm28if@bestweb.net)
New York, New York
Happy Christmas in Heaven John, you are loved and missed.

Dec 8, 1998
Gary Jackson (gary@tisd.net)
Port Lavaca, Texas
Over 9 MILLION minutes have passed...The loss doesn't seem to ease with time.

Dec 9, 1998
matsu (frodis_@hotmail.com)
Michigan, USA
This is my second post this year. I'm glad to see how many people from all over the world John has touched. Tonight I was at work and we have these angels. Each one represents a different virtue. As with beanie babies and the like, it has a "birthday" on them. The one I saw said "Became an angel July 27, 1998" It really made me think and almost cry because John became an angel December 8, 1980.

Dec 9, 1998
christie
Pennsylvania
I was only 3 months old when you died, but I still feel that your death was a tragic loss. Your music made people think, feel and believe, some things that most songs lack. Thank you for filling me with inspirational and motivational music. I know you are looking down on me, and the rest of your fans.

Dec 9, 1998
Deejer (TheRealDeejer@yahoo.com)
John...you still shine on...like the moon and the stars and the sun....I miss you. Wishing you peace....

Dec 9, 1998
Morgan (tbtl@yahoo.com)
California
Like a lot of people who have commented on this page, I too was not born when john Lennon was taken from us so senselessly. This is deeply upsetting. I was born seven months after he died and yet i didn't truly learn about him until I was fourteen! This is also upsetting. He should be here for my generation too. He should be here to see his son Sean begin his music career. He should be here to make more music or just be himself in public. I never saw him alive but I have sen his effect on the world. It is inspiring. John--thanks for your inspiration. Much love goes up to you from me. I hope you are happy and making music. Hope to see you someday. XXXOOO Morgan

Dec 9, 1998
Bob
Ontario, Canada
LOVE & PEACE..........LIFE.....Oh LIFE

Dec 9, 1998
Jennie (jemork@badlands.nodak.edu)
Fargo, ND USA
December 8 is a day to Remember John especially, listen to his music, think about his words, recognize his contributions to us as people and to this world. I never think of the word 'peace' without also thinking of John. He has inspired many, and will inspire many for generations to come. There are not enough words to describe what John has given us. We are better people for knowing him, as we can. He makes us Imagine what the world can be like if we all Give Peace a Chance. I feel better knowing there was John Lennon, and knowing he is still here with us in words and in song. His words and thoughts and hope of peace make me feel that one day we will all live as one........I love you John, thank you for all you have done...............Peace, Jennie

Dec 9, 1998
Keith Jo Jo Jones (cottoncandysky@hotmail.com)
Baltimore, MD USA
Today is a very sentimental time for me. John Lennon came into my life a few years ago, and saved it in the process. Just when I needed something I couldn't put my finger on, there it was. There will never be another inspiration in my life quite like John. He came at my lowest point, and came through for me when love, life, and happiness was obscured by misery. His confessional songs touched me, and made me feel less alone in my vulnerable state. Isolation, How?, Nobody Loves You, Instant Karma, Starting Over...they all rang true when the clouds were rolling in over my life. I feel that this is a day for paying homage to a man who brought me hope. I feel satisfied in knowing he helped keep me alive and happy to make tomorrow even better than today. I love you John. May your undying spirit live on in the hearts that need it most--those that are filled up with hate and confusion. As for a certain Mark Chapman, I hope death brings you more peace than life did.

Dec 9, 1998
Michael McGrath (mcgper@msn.com)
Florida
I'll always remember the day the news came across the world...my mother, a first generation fan, was in tears as if something irretrievable out of her past were forever gone...John was lost to us, gunned down by the ultimate pathetic, a born again christian! An army of born again christians could try to kill our hero but he lives on forever! He was a deep soul with a sharp sincere wit...a seeker of Truth, whom thru the Anthology we can see that he ridiculed those who professed to have all the answers...Lennon's message was to "serve yourself" and it is only for weak minds to follow other people's answers instead of living their own questions...John, thanks for the music, for the dreams, for letting me "imagine".................

Dec 9, 1998
purple (gvpeace@aol.com)
what is a country? imagine none...
beautiful all things spoof and remember right you are free yourself the dream is over LOVE

Dec 9, 1998
Kim A. Merrill
San Diego, CA USA
Remember the music, the life and the man. "Picture yourself on a boat on a river ..." We'll continue to celebrate the man and the music, and ponder over the "what could have beens." That's the toughest part of all of this. God bless, John.

Dec 9, 1998
Brian (kucheran@Home.com)
Burnaby,B.C.,Canada
I think it only be fitting if there were words, music and actions for John, his family and friends on a day such as December 8. I know I light candles, not only for John, his family and friends, but for myself as I remember his life. I wish John was here to write the words, sing and play the music, and walk his talk with us. If only he were here to help Sarah, the person with the unfinished poem, finish the poem, with one more line... Then I would truly know I could be at peace. He left us much too soon, as so many of our friends have, with things left undone, lives unlived and love torn from us. My peace always be with you.

Dec 9, 1998
Andrea Hyde (diamond_w_@hotmail.com)
Calgary, Canada
Death is not an end, but a new begining. Everything is transient. To live is human, to love, divine. Thank you John for showing us the path to divinity. Diamond Walrus

Dec 9, 1998
James Kane (JohnYoko@prodigy.com)
I am to young to remember when any albums that John Lennon finished came out for the first time, but that really doesn't matter. His work transcends the boundry of time, no one even comes close to his musical genius.

Dec 9, 1998
Colin Ryono (ryono@lclark.edu)
Portland, OR, USA
Your impact on my life cannot be expressed in mortal words and I try to honor your legacy every day of my existence. Your images hang in my room as a constant reminder of your brilliance and all that you have contributed to my life. When I first realized you were no longer with us (as I was first discovering the Beatles around when I was 10) I laid down on my bedroom floor and looked up at the ceiling trying to understand. And failing. How could this wonderful man, whose voice and words expressed were more beautiful and moving and joyous than anything I had heard before, be gone forever? As I grew and learned more, the tragedy of it all only deepened. A man whose name can never be spoken, a warped confused alone man, took you from us just as you finally found the love and peace that you were yearning for all your life. Your lover and wife, your children, your friends and your music. And then it was over. And that man in front of the Dakota with the scarf over most of his face holding a sign with an image of you on one side and a peace symbol on the other expressed it best in the one word that was on it in bold black capital letters: WHY? I will never stop honoring and loving you. The world will never forget the love, beauty, understanding, and wisdom that you gave us.

Dec 9, 1998
Brian (captvid@earthlink.net)
Marina Del Rey, Ca
It was just about this time, 18 years ago when I found myself outside the dakota arms apartment off the park, with about five hundred other people. We were deeply hurt and somehow, we all found ourselves at the foothills of john's final moment. We sang beatle music, that was being played on WPLJ and we cried into the early hours of the sunrise. The night was uncommonly warm for a NEW YORK December but the rains made up for it the next day when all we could see were the flowers and pictures left at the game. And throughout the entire experience, I remember a candle burning in John's apartment. We shall always miss you John.

Dec 9, 1998
Helen Gojanovich (helen64@hotmail.com)
Perth, Western Australia
Dear John. Every year I read everyone elses comments before adding my own and i always end up crying. On Dec 8 1980 the world lost the greatest musician of our time. You would be proud of your boys though, they are continuing to be a insiration to others. It was a very sad day when you left us, I may only have been 3 and so i didnt get to see you live but i have always loved you.

Dec 9, 1998
Seppo (seppo.sepeteus@saunalahti.fi)
Finland
I lived my childhood with Beatles music in the 60:s, especially with Lennon songs. I'm 44 now and I'm still listening your music and allways will. Thank you John.

Dec 9, 1998
Adria (mcgowans@open.org)
Silverton, OR USA
I was 5 years old when John Lennon was murdered, listening to Sesame Street albums. Yet, I remember hearing the news and wondering why people were mourning. It wasn't until four years later that I began listening to his music and the Beatles and I began to understand. Like many other people in this world, John was an inspiration to me. He entertained and informed. He was not just some celebrity, he was a man. He is missed by everyone, fans and non-fans alike. Love to all, love to John.

Dec 9, 1998
Robin White (Robin.White@alltel.com)
John, Your talent allowed you to connect with people in very powerful ways. Thanks for always keeping it positive and for not selling your soul for success. Your final message to us in "Free As A Bird" was that you knew you were being called on, and you'd soon be "home, home and dry." How fitting that you're still changing lives from somewhere out there. I'm living proof. Love, Robin White Little Rock, AR

Dec 9, 1998
stuart small
miss em

Dec 9, 1998
Sally
On behalf of myself and my four bandmates, I'd just like to say that I really miss you and am thinking of you always, and that we will always love you even if the rest of the world condemns us. Thanx for all the fun, love, laughter and sadness alike. And for my 325jl.

Dec 9, 1998
Jewl Thompson (ObiWan821@aol.com)
Galveston, Texas, USA
Dear John, We Miss and Love You!!! Carole my spirtual advisor and myself are hearing you, keep speaking to us and we will listen. May John live forever within our hearts!!! Love, Jewl Thompson

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