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Stephen King Is Going Blind
Internet Movie Data Base ^ | 5/10/02 | World Entertainment News Network.

Posted on 05/10/2002 12:50:57 PM PDT by jalisco555

Horror writing superstar Stephen King is going blind, after developing a condition called Macular Degeneration. The Green Mile novelist - who was severely injured in an car accident in June 1999 that left him in critical condition - claims he has a hereditary disease and that he could lose his sight at any moment. But King refuses to let the prospect of blindness get him down. He says, "At least I'm alive - that's the way I feel about it."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: blindness; stephenking
This is extremely sad news. I haven't been a King reader since I burned out on his books in the 80's but everything I've ever heard about him indicates that he is a really nice guy.
1 posted on 05/10/2002 12:50:57 PM PDT by jalisco555
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To: jalisco555
And Bill Clinton continues to live and see... no justice in this world at all...
2 posted on 05/10/2002 12:53:01 PM PDT by Jonathon Spectre
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To: jalisco555
I just hope he finishes the Dark Tower series! Okay, that's a bit selfish. I really do wish him the best.
3 posted on 05/10/2002 12:56:18 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: jalisco555
The ocular implant is being developed by the same crew that developed the cocklear implant. May 9 2002 Drudget report linked to a report regarding six subjects, some of whom have macular degeneration, as having regained some rudimentary sight.

Maybe Stephen King can "pull a Rush" and become "bionic" as well.

4 posted on 05/10/2002 1:00:46 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: jalisco555
King is a good guy who's never let celebrity go to his head. It's a shame the bad breaks he's had here, and getting hit by that truck. At his best he's a much better writer than he's often given credit for, too.
5 posted on 05/10/2002 1:02:08 PM PDT by Argus
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To: jalisco555
My dad developed Macular Degeneration when he was in his late sixties; it usually happens when a person is quite a bit older than Stephen King is. I don't think it's something that comes on suddenly, it develops slowly over a period of time. The person retains peripheral vision, but gradually loses the ability to see straight ahead. I think there are some therapies available that don't actually cure the condition, but that can slow down the progress.
6 posted on 05/10/2002 1:03:03 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: jalisco555
Awful news, but it probably won't stop him! Good luck, Steve!
7 posted on 05/10/2002 1:04:15 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: Jonathon Spectre
They say that the good die young. If so, Bill Clinton will live to be a thousand years old -- and will retain the personality of an adolescent for every day of it.
8 posted on 05/10/2002 1:05:28 PM PDT by steve-b
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To: jalisco555
From yesterday’s NY Post:

Innocence lost

A SLIMMER, gray-whiskered Stephen King was showing off his black sense of humor at The New Yorker's spring book party at the Altman Building the other night. King, who was nearly killed three years ago while walking along a Maine road, was chatting up the likes of Salman Rushdie, Art Spiegelman and Nora Ephron when an inebriated fan told him, "Seeing 'The Shining' when I was 8 ruined my childhood." Flashing a satanic grin, the horror master replied, "Good! That's exactly what I was going for."

9 posted on 05/10/2002 1:05:37 PM PDT by dead
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To: jalisco555
Any man who is a Boston Red Sox fan can't be all that bad. Aside from which, I am convinced that, when all is said and done, his acknowledge masterworks will be deemed a tossup between The Green Mile and his novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. Meanwhile, I wish him well, even knowing that not even blindness would necessarily stop him. (It sure didn't kill James Thurber, and extremely weak eyesight was no hindrance to Aldous Huxley, either...)
10 posted on 05/10/2002 1:06:57 PM PDT by BluesDuke
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
Considering that he gets back to that series once every few years or so, don't expect it to get finished (he's still got three more to go).
11 posted on 05/10/2002 1:07:42 PM PDT by adx
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To: jalisco555
That's a shame to hear. Stephen King helped turn me into an avid reader. I cut my teeth on his novels in high school back in the 1970s and never stopped reading since. He's a good guy and a New Englander to the bone. I was hoping he'd buy the Red Sox when they were up for sale last year as he would have been the perfect owner. But I'm sure he'll find some way around his handicap and keep writing books anyhow - should he desire to do so.
12 posted on 05/10/2002 1:08:25 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: jalisco555
Bad things happen to all the wrong people it seems at times.
13 posted on 05/10/2002 1:23:32 PM PDT by vance
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
I just hope he finishes the Dark Tower series! Okay, that's a bit selfish. I really do wish him the bestThat's the same that I've been thinking ever since he got run down in the street.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

He's not done yet!!!

14 posted on 05/10/2002 1:24:36 PM PDT by ElectricStrawberry
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To: SamAdams76
But I'm sure he'll find some way around his handicap and keep writing books anyhow - should he desire to do so.

Someone once asked him why he wrote so much. Answer: "Why do you think I have any choice?"

He'll keep writing. Using voice-recog software if he has to :).

15 posted on 05/10/2002 1:27:24 PM PDT by Cachelot
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To: ElectricStrawberry
I love King, but I gotta admit, I'm pissed that Roland lost his fingers.
16 posted on 05/10/2002 1:27:44 PM PDT by TheLurkerX
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To: TheLurkerX
But he got his revenge by eating a bunch of those lobstrosities.
17 posted on 05/10/2002 1:32:28 PM PDT by flada
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To: jalisco555
Take your Lutein and Carotenoids.
18 posted on 05/10/2002 1:39:37 PM PDT by Talkwire
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
I just hope he finishes the Dark Tower series! Okay, that's a bit selfish

Ya think??

Dan
(PS -- I know what you mean; couldn't stop myself!)

19 posted on 05/10/2002 1:48:59 PM PDT by BibChr
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To: jalisco555
:o(

Prayers going out to the man.

20 posted on 05/10/2002 1:49:50 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Young Werther
The ocular implant is being developed by the same crew that developed the cocklear implant. May 9 2002 Drudget report linked to a report regarding six subjects, some of whom have macular degeneration, as having regained some rudimentary sight.

WOW! I hope Steven King reads this!

21 posted on 05/10/2002 1:51:51 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Young Werther
Maybe Stephen King can "pull a Rush" and become "bionic" as well.

Right! And when he does, he might look something like....

Dan

22 posted on 05/10/2002 1:56:42 PM PDT by BibChr
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To: jalisco555
Good man, great writer. God speed, Mr. King.
23 posted on 05/10/2002 1:57:27 PM PDT by cgk
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To: jalisco555

YAAHHHHHH!!!

That Sucks!

All my best, Stephen..

24 posted on 05/10/2002 1:59:59 PM PDT by RandallFlagg
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To: Lazamataz
Volunteers were sought for this project over a year ago. Steve Wonder applied and was rejected because he was born blind and had no visual memory. Stephen King would not have this limitation.

The story linked at Drudge mentioned that one of the volunteers had been without sight for over 7 years. He was ecstatic to see his wife's face again. Another was disappointed to see the wrinkles on his face but was happy to see his brother who suffers from the same genetic born condition.

The MEMs revolution is occurring and the marriage of MEMs and genetic manipulation may mean that our next evolutionary step will be man-made!

25 posted on 05/10/2002 2:03:07 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: jalisco555
Unfortunately, he's a big-time liberal democrat. He is unique, there is a pitcher from Bangor, Matt Kinney, who pitches for the twins, that King will go to some of the games he pitches in. He was recently in Tampa to see Matt pitch and Tampa hasn't won since. He built a nice little baseball stadium for the kids in a public park that is basically in his back yard. That's too bad about the mac. degen., maybe he'll see the Sox win the Series before anything bad happens.
26 posted on 05/10/2002 2:08:47 PM PDT by sox_the_cat
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To: BibChr
So have you been reading "Dilbert" the last few days?

CYBORG?

27 posted on 05/10/2002 2:16:35 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: jalisco555
Sad news indeed. But, his attitude couldn't be better.
28 posted on 05/10/2002 2:18:50 PM PDT by jumpstartme
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To: jalisco555
Ironic that this shows up on Free Republic...you see, I live in the Bangor Maine area, and the last time I ran into Stephen King was at a "Pro-Bush" Rally the Day after Thanksgiving in 2000, during the election recount mess. A Freeper type occasion if ever there was one...we were all out in front of the BAngor Mall with signs and things and King drove by, literally coming up on the sidewalk to intimidate and frighten (quite successfully) us...Ah, the fond memories.
29 posted on 05/10/2002 2:28:21 PM PDT by Preech1
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To: Lazamataz
2 successes reported this week. Some sight restored.
30 posted on 05/10/2002 2:34:54 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: Preech1
Bump...
31 posted on 05/10/2002 3:13:21 PM PDT by Preech1
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To: Preech1
Bump...
32 posted on 05/10/2002 3:13:26 PM PDT by Preech1
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To: Preech1
Bump...
33 posted on 05/10/2002 3:13:31 PM PDT by Preech1
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To: Preech1
Bump...
34 posted on 05/10/2002 3:13:37 PM PDT by Preech1
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To: Young Werther
Another was disappointed to see the wrinkles on his face but was happy to see his brother who suffers from the same genetic born condition.

His brother has wrinkles too?

35 posted on 05/10/2002 5:37:05 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: TheLurkerX
Roland was a great character and those books were really good. I used to play video games over the internet under that name. I loved it. I think there was a famous knight named roland that was killed fighting muslim invaders in southern europe. Maybe I got the story a little mixed up though. Maybe someone else knows more about this story than I do?
36 posted on 05/10/2002 5:50:39 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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