John Lennon’s Hilarious Handwritten Word Associations


If you really want to know what a famous person thinks about other famous people, get him to do some word association. At least, that seems to be the lesson of this fan-made questionnaire John Lennon filled out in 1976. We’re sure the document was filled with plenty of interesting tidbits, but Lists of Note — our new favorite blog, from the gent who brought us the wonderful Letters of Note — is right to pick out the page of word association. It’s interesting to see what came to mind for Lennon upon seeing the names John, Paul, and Ringo, and information-freedom fans will be gratified to see that he thought bootlegs were “good.” But we couldn’t help getting an immature chuckle at the word he associated with Elvis — “fat.” Bowie, meanwhile? “Thin.”