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?age 22-Wednesday, December 10, 1980-The Michigan Daily
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LONDON (AP)- The murder of John Lennon
sunned his fellow Beatles, deeply saddened a world
o fans, and yesterday drew eulogies and expressions
of disbelief from commentators and Beatle lovers in
A1 walks of life.'
A former British prime minister praised the slain
rock musician.as a mighty force for good. The gover-
nment radio of communist Yugoslavia called him
"one of the greatest artists of our time." The grief of
John Chambers, head of the Beatles fan club in
.iverpool, the group's birthplace, was more bitter.
"THE BASTARD," he said of Lennon's killer. "It's
bloody terrible, bloody terrible. The Beatles always
.expressed so much love."
Much of the reaction focused on the murder as the
-latest display of uncontrolled violence in the world.
Commented record producer George Martin, the
so-called "fifth Beatle" who worked closely with the
quartet: "There issso much senseless waste of life
,stoday that the lesson must be driven home to all
;responsible men, particularly to those in the media

that invades our homes, that we must curb the por-
nography of violence that is callousing our sen-
sibilities."
THE THREE surviving ex-Beatles were all repor-
ted in mournful shock in the first hours after Len-
non's murder late Monday in his adopted city of New
York.
Newspapers in England printed special editions,
and radio and television stations canceled scheduled
programs to pay tribute to Lennon.
In an editorial, the London New Standard
newspaper said, "His meaningless murder is in-
creasingly typical of New York and of the United
States in general, where the freedom to carry guns
has brought forth monsters."
IN JAPAN, Keisuke Ono, younger brother of Yoko
Ono, Lennon's wife, said he would try to persuade his
sister to come home so "she doesn't have to worry
about gunshots anymore."~
Among the tributes to Lennon was one from former
British Prime Minister Sir Harold Wilson, on whose

recommendation Queen Elizabeth II awarded the
Beatles the Member of the Order of the British Em-
pire medal in 1965.
"HE GAVE THE kids something to think about. He
kept them off the streets and did more than all the
forces of law and order could have done put
together," said Wilson.
Communist Hungary's government newspaper
Esti Hirlap praised Lennon for his music and for his
"commitment to the cause of world peace," recalling
his chant-song of the early 1970s "Give Peace a Chan-
ce."
Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones,
closest rivals to the Beatles before Lennon, McCar-
tney, and company broke up in 1970, said he was
"shattered",by the news. He spoke in Paris, where
the Stones were recording.
Record stores around the world reported a rush for
Lennon's discs. Callers at one London shop were in
tears.

Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
THIS EPITAPH TO John Lennon, tacked to a tree on East William street in
front of Douglas Memorial Chapel, is one of many statements of mourning
posted around campus.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Soviet
Union has sharpened communications
with its military forces and has moved
trucks toward the border in preparation
for possible intervention in Poland, U.S.
officials said yesterday.
Also, some military reservists have
been called up in the Soviet Union, East
Germany, and Czechoslovakia, and a
number of Russian units normally kept
in garrison are engaged in field exer-
cises, the officials said.
These developments were cited by
the officials, who asked not to be iden-
tified, as further explanation of the
White House announcement last
weekend that Soviet preparations for
moving into Poland have been com-
pleted.
MEANWHILE, reports reached
Washington from Warsaw that the
Soviets have asked the Polish gover-
nment for permission to move four
military divisions across the country
into East Germany.
That could lay the groundwork for the
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Like many of those who purchased
the albums yesterday, LSA student
Lisa Schechter said she bought the
Beatles' White Album "in memoriam"
of John Lennon.
Several radio stations played a series
of Beatle and Lennon sets in honor of
the former Beatle. WWWW in Detroit
played Beatles and Lennon music for 24
consecutive hours.
"It's kind of surprising to ie that
more stations around here aren't doing
anything special," said the station's
assistant program director Laurie
Converse. "Politically, socially, we
thought he deserved some kind of
tribute," she added.
In Ann Arbor, rock and roll nightclub

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Some painted peace signs on their
foreheads. Radios blared old Beatles
tunes. It was a nostalgic pilgrimage in
honor of the man who first won fame in
the, 1960s.
IN HIS FINAL interview hours before
he died, Lennon said he had started the
1980s headed "into an unknown future,"
but "while there's life ... there's
hope."
The optimistic superstar,tin an inter-
view with the RKO radio network Mon-
day afternoon, thanked God "or
whatever is up there" that the world
survived the turbulent decades of the
'60s and '70s.
"The whole world's changed," Len-
non said. "But I'm still all here, and
still while there's life there's hope.".
THE SHOOTING death of Lennon
brought renewed calls yesterday for
stronger federal gun controls, but there
appeared to be little prospect of
congressional action.

"Why can't we in Congress pass a
handgun control bill, 'not because we
believe it will end crime but because it
will save a substantial number of
lives?" asked Rep. Peter Peyser (D-
N.Y.).
"What are we waiting for? The next
life we save could be our own," he ad-
ded. _
PRESILDENT-ELECT Ronald
Reagan, who was in New York yester-
day called the slaying of Lennon a
"great tragedy." But he said his
position against gun control.-legislation
is unchanged.
Asked whether the murder was an
argument for passage of gun control
legislation, the president-elect replied:
"I have never believed that. I believe
in the kind of handgun legislation we
had in California. If somebody commits
a crime and carries a gun when he's
doing it, you add five to 15 years to the
prison sentence."

Ex-rocker stalked Lennon
in premeditated execution
(Continued from Page 1)

Second Chance closed yesterday to
honor Lennon. "The nightclub will
remain silent (yesterday) in memory of
the passing of one of the greatest mem-
bers of the rock and roll community,"
said a recorded statement delivered to
those who phoned the establishment.
This story was written by Daily
Managing Editor Mitch Cantor,
with reports filed from City Editor
Patricia Hagen, Features Editor
Adrienne Lyons, and staff members
Claudia Centomini and Pam
Kramer.

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