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West 72nd Street John Lennon Blvd. petition
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 03/31/09 2:41 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Toni Diffley was a Beatles fan ever since she was a baby, and ever since the beginning, she had a crush, not on the "cute" Beatle Paul McCartney, but on John Lennon. She turned 17 in September, 1980 and was planning on going down to the Dakota with her sister to try and meet John, but never got the chance.

The Dakota

She says, "On the date of John's original vigil in 1980 I stood approximately where John and Yoko stood on the back of Double Fantasy with two other friends. My heart was absolutely broken. There was a man next to me who held up "Meet the Beatles" for the entire 10 minutes with his head bowed and tears running down his face. That image made such an impression on me. I never forgot him."

Now, she visits the Dakota every year on John's birthday with her daughters and son. This last year, her littlest daughter, 7-year-old Danielle, wanted to know why John wasn't at his birthday party. It was then she realized that it's been in her heart for a long time that the street where fans go to remember John should be named after him, as she says, "so that when little kids look at the sign and ask who is John Lennon in many years to come, he can never be forgotten or what took place there."

If you'd like to help Toni make this a reality, sign the petition to have West 72nd Street where John lived and died re-named to West 72nd Street John Lennon Blvd by clicking here.




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