It would take another decade before the fashion bug bit him.
Today, the occasional charity show he presents satisfies that love for production that never completely left him. Sometimes he throws in film clips and stage demonstrations with he, Cawley and others in costume. At his last event, they donned outfits worn in MGM's "Marie Antoinette" with John dressed as Robert Morley's character.
John is never worried about whether the audience is going to have a good time.
Although the collection is rarely on public display — it's a lot of work so he only accepts a handful of requests — there is a universal reaction from those who learn such Hollywood treasure is kept locally.
"They love it, and it's great to see how people enjoy it," he said.
If there is any surprise, he said, it's that women aren't the only ones who are nostalgic for classic Hollywood.
"Men are equally fascinated," John said. "They really get into it."
Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio)
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