"Imagine." Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Gandhi before him, John Lennon attempted to better the lives of his fellow brothers and sisters across the globe, his fellow human beings. His messages of peace were so strong and echoing with the public that they terrified the US war machine, government and Presidency; they knew that John could inspire millions upon millions of people to think beyond the living strife that still permeates everyone today.
It was 30 years ago that John Lennon ceased to create wonder, laughter and smiles for his wife and family in New York City; it was 30 years ago that he stopped shaping notes, song and art in ways that will never be repeated; it was 30 years ago that he lived among us; but his spirit, his messages and his work linger on.
On December 8, 1980, a maniacal madman shot John Lennon in the back. It was 30 years ago, this week, that John Lennon was assassinated.
The music, the acts and the smile of John Lennon resonate just as strongly today as they did before he died; the man's voice reigns across Penn station; the man's messages form others' works of art; the man's warm smile is shown in myriad pictures and videos. The world is thankful John. Thank you.
For Yoko Ono, the family and immediate friends of John's that sorely miss him, you should know that the world is truly thankful for all that he did, and we are sorry that he was robbed from you. The moon is brighter, the books are more imaginative and the feeling of spirit is more resonant, here in New York and everywhere, because of John Lennon.