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Old Jul 05, 2002, 02:06 PM   #2
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He very needed them.

Even when he didn't use to wear them in the first era... the fact he thought he looked better without made him not using them in the first times. But then brain won, and he started using them

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Old Jul 05, 2002, 10:30 PM   #4
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John needed glasses long before the Beatles ever appeared. He only wore them occasionly until he was casted in the movie "How I Won The War" as Pvt. Gripweed. His character was suppose to wear granny glasses. After that, he wore those kind of glasses for many years.

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Old Jul 06, 2002, 02:16 PM   #5
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John was shortsighted from when he was a kid but he didn't start wearing glasses regularly until "How I Won The War".

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Old Jul 10, 2002, 10:53 AM   #6
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Paul tells a great story in one of his interviews about John's poor eyesight. One Christmas John stayed late at Paul's house and walked home. The next day he told Paul that the people who lived on his corner must be crazy because they were out in the cold at 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning on their porch playing cards. When Paul walked by the house there was a nativity scene on the porch.

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Old Jul 10, 2002, 03:03 PM   #7
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I read somewhere also that when he wasn't wearing his glasses or contacts, he used to look at the wrong cameras in photos because he couldn't see who was taking the photo.

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Old Jul 11, 2002, 12:08 AM   #8
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I bet Paul thought John was crazy, until he saw the Nativity scene.

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Old Jul 11, 2002, 12:28 AM   #9
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Another story I heard about John's vision (or lack thereof) was that when he and Cynthia met, they got to talking because they both realized they were similarly shortsighted!

If you want to get sort of an idea of how bad his vision was, take a look at the photo in profile on the back of the "Imagine" album, where you can see his glasses from the side. They're pretty thick!

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Old Jul 15, 2002, 04:35 PM   #10
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I think John made wearing glasses cool. Thanks John, from an adoring myopic fan!

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Old Jul 16, 2002, 12:00 AM   #11
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Recently i read how some celebrity complained that John wasn't friendly to him, just kind of stared at him, but then it was explained to the celeb how blind John is without his glasses - he just couldn't see the person!


PS: i'm a proud eyeglass wearer!

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Old Jul 17, 2002, 06:44 AM   #12
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I love the story of John climbing up street signs to read them as a child rather than wear his glasses to see them. Or how guys thought he was picking a fight with them because he would stare at people not knowing he was staring.

I always knew John had glasses but I was so happy the first time I heard that he was in the "Coke bottle lens" club. Through out my childhood I had to stumble about blindly if I was at an amusement park or the pool without glasses on. You don't know how many times I approached my "father" in the pool only to find it wasn't him.

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omg i didnt know that it makes me feel giulty for teasing my mom becauces shes almost blind without here glasses
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Old Dec 03, 2009, 08:12 PM   #14
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I read an interesting anecdote... somewhere... possibly the Anthology book... anyway, John and Cynthia were both pretty blind when they met but neither one of them wanted to wear their glasses. Whenever they went anywhere with friends, they used to fight over whose turn it was to wear the glasses to go into the restaurant, locate their friends, and lead the other to the correct table!

I think that's such a cute story and I can totally picture it happening, too. I just wish I could remember where I read it!
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