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Local poet Thomas R. Smith said this poster at his home was one of the beginning elements of his Beatles project. Submitted photo

Beatlemania lives on as local poet leads tribute

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Local poet Thomas R. Smith feels a personal connection to the story of the Beatles and, like many, vividly remembers the day of John Lennon's death on Dec. 8, 1980, as he drove home in a blinding snowstorm.

The 10-year anniversary of Lennon's death inspired Smith to write a poem, which prompted more Beatles-related writings over the years.

He realized the band had been a persistent source of inspiration and began to visualize the different works as a compilation.

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