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Commentary by Steve Krause: It would have been a great day in the life for John Lennon

There was never any guarantee,on Dec. 8, that had Mark David Chapman not shot him to death John Lennon would still be alive to celebrate his 80th birthday today.

After all, Lennon did a good deal of burning the candle at both ends. But it would have been so much better had he at least been given the chance. Instead of retrospectives speaking of Lennon in the past, we could be celebrating his life and his accomplishments in the present tense. 

His murder is still as fresh in my mind now as it was 40 years ago. I can still hear Howard Cosell announcing the news on Monday Night Football that Lennon had been assassinated outside his Manhattan apartment build…

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