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    1. Single quote read syntax ....

Here is a stronger reason for leaving ' the way it is.  If you
change it, then (*QUOTE* ...)  would be the only example in Lisp
of a form whose CAR was neither a "magic symbol" or a form that
evaluated to a function.  Any program that walks over code would
have to treat this case specially.  This pain would outweigh the
benefits (if any).