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Anniversary of the Assassination of John Lennon

John Lennon

John Lennon

December 8 marks 38 years since an assassin gunned down John Lennon as he was entering his apartment building, the Dakota, in New York City. He was not using drugs or doing anything dangerous, just going home after work with his wife to their child. He was only 40 years old. He is the first celebrity to be assassinated.

I fell in love with John Lennon, the artist, in 1964 when I was thirteen years old and saw the Beatles live at the Hollywood Bowl. None of the other Beatles held the attraction for me that John did. And as time went on the songs he wrote proved when a remarkable talent this man had along with an incredible wit.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and biting wit in his music, on film, in books, and at press conferences and interviews. He was controversial through his work as a peace activist and visual artist. After The Beatles, Lennon enjoyed a successful solo career with such acclaimed albums as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine”.After a self-imposed “retirement” to raise his son Sean, Lennon reemerged with a comeback album, Double Fantasy. The album would go on to win the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

John was noted for his antiwar peace demonstrations. It’s so ironic that a man of peace died needlessly from such a violent act. In John’s own words, “All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance.”

Let us never forget this wonderful man. I love you John.

“In My Life” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends
I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
there is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more
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