To readers: Ahead of 40-year mark, contribute your memories of John Lennon and how his death affected you

John Lennon of the Beatles at EMI Studios in London on June 24, 1967. (Tribune News Service)

John Lennon of the Beatles at EMI Studios in London on June 24, 1967. (Tribune News Service)

All John Lennon was saying … was give peace a chance.

The message remains valid today. The messenger, however, is gone.

Many yesterdays have passed since Monday, Dec. 8, 1980 — the night singer Lennon was shot and killed in New York City.

Members of other generations vividly remember dark days and nights in America’s past, times when President John F. Kennedy, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy all were killed during the 1960s.

The Daily Gazette compiled stories about all three men, using memories submitted by readers who remembered what they were doing and where they were when the news broke.

Now we’re hoping people also will contribute memories about John Lennon and how the former Beatle’s death affected them. We’d like to know what you were doing when news began spreading that late Monday night. What was your reaction? What were your emotions? What are your thoughts about John Lennon?

We will publish the memories around the anniversary of Lennon’s death. Please email your short stories to Jeff Wilkin at [email protected] You can also drop them in the mail and send your written memories to John Lennon Remembered, care of Jeff Wilkin, Daily Gazette, P.O. Box 1090, 2345 Maxon Road Extension, Schenectady, NY 12301-1090.

Please remember to include full names, cities or towns of residence and telephone numbers.

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