John Leszczynski is a 5-year-old coping with a level of autism that has delayed his verbal and sensory processing skills. That means he doesn't talk. He isn't ready to read. His idea of play is a little different than others.
It doesn't mean he can't appreciate the music and lyrics created during the Beatles era, almost 45 years before he was born. I heard about the little fan of the Fab Four when I wrote a story about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." His grandfather, Bliss Olsen, told me about his memory of the night when the mop-topped quartet made history. And he suggested that I meet John. "I don't really know when it started, but now [when he visits Bliss and grandmother Sheryl's Kankakee home], he spends 90 percent of his time listening to Beatles music down in my memorabilia room," Bliss said.
The Daily Journal, Kankakee, IL