evening. I sure wish I could be here with you tonight. I am in spirit and
writing this in the hope it gets read out. Hopefully this letter will
make you feel that I am here.
Well it's been two years now since John left
us in his tragic accident. I must admit it hit me hard losing my friend like
that. John will always have
a part of my heart that no one else can have. I guess it
has a small sign there saying Private Property. John Denver owns this space.
John taught me so much and he helped me through some very tough times in
my life. We did laugh together but we also cried together. I never thought
of John as a star. John was just like you and me. So down to earth. He had
emotions like any one of us have. He was not stuck up, he did not have a big
He would stop and talk to anyone & even stop
to pick up rubbish. There was a time I saw John change a tire. Yes John
did do this. I should know as it was my tire he changed. It was late after
one of his shows. I was glad he stopped & helped me not that I could
not change it my self, it was just
very late & I was a bit scared.
John had a big impact on my children. My son Chris
learned so many things from John, he even embarrassed some people aged about
30 years old. You see Chris was about 3 years old, we were at a park for
the day, Chris saw the couple throw some trash on the ground , he then walked
over picked it up & told them they were naughty & they should put
it in the trash. The guy looked at Chris & said go away you little brat,
Chris just turned around & said MY Uncle John says that if we all put
our trash in the bin we can have a clean world, so please put it in the
trash. Boy they turned so red by being told off by a 3-year-old. John was
so proud of Chris when he heard
My oldest son was 18 when he heard the news of the
crash, Chris called me and said, "Uncle John's plane went down mum" my
son was crying his eyes
out. I tried to tell him it was not for sure John was in
it. But I knew in my heart that it was John. I had this confirmed by another
friend of mine
Kris O. I remember saying to Kris please tell me it was
not John. Kris could have easily told me they were not sure at that time.
But Kris would
never lie to me. When Kris confirmed it was John I just
cried & asked Kris to please take care of himself. And seeing we had
been friends for 25 years
I also said can we please keep in touch. Kris said
sure. After 25 years we say we are family. Let me speak of John Denver the
man, not John Denver
the singer songwriter. John was too honest for his
own good. Like the time he admitted smoking pot to the Australian
press. Boy did they have a
field day on him. Front page news. John asked me if he
had done the wrong thing by telling the truth well that was a catch 22.
John had not done the
wrong thing in my eyes so I told him no. John feared he
would lose some fans over his honesty. When John came out to Australia just
passing of his dad & his final break up with Annie
he sang Annie's Song & it really broke him up. After the show he said
to me do you think any one
noticed what happened & would they turn away from him.
Well I was honest saying there was no way anyone could have missed how
he sang Annie's song. And that just showed people that he was no different
to all of us. He had ,had some rough times like we all do. John could have
stopped singing Annie's song but he knew that people loved the song very much
so he kept singing it, of course the emotion was going to come out as he
sang. After all he never stopped loving Annie.
Now before Harold closes
this letter to you all. I have one more thing I
want to share with you. In 1986 I had moved from Sydney
to Melbourne. John went to Perth from Sydney. I called him on the phone
& the first thing he did was say, Where were you? You see I was not at
the airport to see him in. John was upset with me at first until I told him
I had moved states. He then gave me his flight details so I could be at the
airport in Melbourne when he came in. I then told John I was glad he
was not on the space
shuttle that had blew up. John said he wishes he had been
on it. Well that started an argument between us, it went on for 2 &
* hours. Mind you I was on a pay phone. John wanted to know why I was glad
& I told him I loved him very much, & so did the kids & that
we would miss him. He said to me that he loved us all very much too. He
then said the kids & I were the only people that would miss him. I said
no way you have plenty out there that love you & that would miss you.
He said he was only a singer/ songwriter & people would forget him in
no time at all. Well after arguing about this & some yelling on both
parts I just lost it & told John to pull his head out.
In the end I think he was starting to believe me, but he
said one day Lynn you will see I am right & you are wrong.We made a
Well John I guess you can see now I won the bet.
me John was & Still is my best friend. I still do not know to this
day why he picked me for a friend but I sure am glad he did. John opened
my heart to allow me to find so many
wonderful friends I thank you for that John
& Miss you my Friend Lynn & Kids.