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What if John Lennon Lived?

John Lennon

By Jeffrey T. Guterman

This site addresses the question, "What if John Lennon Lived?" We begin on November 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy embarked on a political trip to Dallas, Texas. (See What if JFK Lived?) The machinery that was supposed to kill Kennedy was halted. The motorcade went to the luncheon as planned and Kennedy flew back to Washington later that afternoon. Kennedy's trip to Dallas, designed to win votes in Texas for his re-election bid in 1964, was a huge success.

Since Kennedy was not assassinated, the U.S. was not grieving the loss of a slain president. Hence, the U.S. did not need an outlet such as Beatlemania. The Beatles were popular, but they were not a sensation. Accordingly, Mark David Chapman became obsessed with and shot somebody else. Although Chapman was not obsessed with Lennon, he was interested enough to take a trip to New York to meet the ex-Beatle. Lennon is shown in the photo below signing an autograph for Chapman. Chapman thanked Lennon and left New York the next day.

Mark David Chapman gets autograph from Lennon on December 8, 1980.

Lennon was never assassinated. Kennedy was not assassinated. Lennon, like so many others, was on Nixon's "enemies list" because of both his anti-war protests. FBI agents began monitoring Lennon because they (wrongly!) believed that he might try to disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention. Nixon was nominated in 1972. Nixon used Lennon's prior drug charges as a basis from which to start deportation proceedings. Lennon's deporation hearings were held in 1972. In 1974, coiniciding with the end of the Veitnam War, Nixon was instrumental in dropping the deportation effort and allowing Lennon to remain in the U.S.

The charity event of the century was held at Yankee Stadium and all over the world.

In 1989, The Beatles reunited during a charity AIDS event. The concert was held at Yankee Stadium (shown above). (Check out this 360 degree paranoramic view of Yankee Stadium.) Numerous entertainers (e.g., musicians, comedians, actors), religous leaders, politicians, and other famous people appeared during this day long event called "Live Aid for AIDS." The event also was shown live throughout the world in movie theatres and television. The Beatles did not appear at Yankee Stadium during the event but, rather, performed seven songs from Abbey Road studios in London, England. The songs played were Help!, All You Need is Love, Hey Jude, Don't Let Me Down, Get Back, Here Comes the Sun, Old Brown Shoe, and I Can't Hide (a new song co-written by Lennon and Mccartney especially for the event).

Although all four of The Beatles never played together as a group again in public or on record, they helped individually with each other's solo albums from time to time. Today, Lennon Lives! with Yoko Ono in the Dakota in New York City.

On December 30, 1999, Michael Abram, a 33-year-old Liverpool man, broke into ex-Beatle George Harrison's residence, stabbed him in the chest, and attacked his wife Olivia. Harrison died in a London hospital on Decemebr 31. Olivia Harrison received only superficial injuries and was not hospitalized. The mother of the intruder Lynda Abram said her son has schizophrenia. She said: "He hates them [The Beatles] and even believes they are witches and takes their lyrics seriously."

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