Asked by an admirer whether he had been blind all his life, Shearing replied. “Not yet.”
One afternoon, at rush hour, Shearing was waiting at a busy intersection for someone to take him across the street when another blind man tapped him on the shoulder and asked if Shearing would mind helping him to get across.
“What could I do?” said Shearing afterward. “I took him across and it was the biggest thrill of my life.”