I can't conceive of a life without The Beatles. It's pretty much a prerequisite for being part of my family, and I can't quite respect a person who doesn't appreciate them. (It must be noted, perhaps, that the mister is more of an Elvis fan, but he knows better than to ever say anything negative about The Beatles. I tried to extend that rule to Madonna too, but he has his limits and I choose not to push them.) But anyway, Lennon was a creative genius and he was taken way too soon. He would have been 70 on October 9, 2010. I'm also fairly certain this isn't news to any of you, but what the hey, I thought it was notable.