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Remembering John Lennon

On Saturday, people around the world will mark what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. In Los Angeles, fans will gather at noon outside the Capitol Record building at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In a recent Calendar story, Randy Lewis writes about a number of memorial projects and releases, and talks with Yoko Ono. The story begins:

Fourteen years after Pete Townshend dismissed the very idea of growing up when he wrote “Hope I die before I get old,” a 40-year-old John Lennon sang a very different tune.

“I can hardly wait to see you come of age,” he sang in 1980 to his then-5-year-old son, Sean, unabashedly anticipating the future. And to his wife, Yoko Ono, he borrowed a sentiment from poet Robert Browning and crooned “Grow old with me / The best is yet to be … whatever fate decrees, we will see it through.”

Fate, however, had something other than old age in store for Lennon, who died at the hands of a crazed fan just a few months after recording those songs and many others that signaled the start of a new chapter in the ex-Beatle’s life.

“It’s hard to believe he would be 70,” Lennon’s friend Elton John said last week. “It’s hard to believe he missed out on the computer, on Twitter. I wonder what he would have made of it all? I have a feeling he would have grabbed and run with it. John Lennon, who gave so much; he would still be at the forefront.”

Three decades after his death, in some respects he is.

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