Braille Monitor August-September 1985
David and Rebecca Murrell are among the leaders of the NFB of Kentucky. Both were active during the 1985 national convention in Louisville. Rebecca, who is President of the NFB of Greater Louisville, was in charge of the Kentucky Suite and the information desks in the hotel lobbies. At 6:02 a.m., July 21, 1985, the Murrells became the proud parents of a baby daughter, Amanda Frances. She was eighteen and a half inches long, and weighed six pounds, four ounces. Parents and daughter are happy and well.
We recently received the following announcement in the National Office:
This night is filled with happiness And joy is ours to share,
With all our friends and relatives Who came to show they care.
The prayer we carry in our hearts Of love and faith and peace,
We give to you with every hope
That these will never cease.
You are cordially invited to the wedding of William J. McCaslin and Cheryl Finley. The ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. on the twenty-fourth day of August, Nineteen Hundred and eighty Five at the Presbyterian Church in Auburn, Iowa. There will be a reception shortly after the service so come and help celebrate this joyous occasion with the friends and relatives of the bride and groom!
** Combination Print-Braille Greeting Cards:
We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
"Feel and Read, See and Read. Combination print and Braille Christmas cards with and without scripture. Prices are 8 for $2.00 or 14 for $3.50. With name printed $.70 extra for each set. Name Brailled free by request only. Also available are combination print and Braille Greeting cards. Birthday, Get Well, and Sympathy and other occasion cards also. For the first time ever, this big value of 25 all-occasion cards for only $4.50. Add $.70 for name printed. Offer good while they last. Envelopes: 100 #10 long white--$2.25; 100 6 1/2 by 9 1/2 for $4.00-for $6.00 with metal clips. All orders must be prepaid in U.S. funds. Please include full payment with order and send to: Harry A. Fribush, 400 Hudson Avenue, Albany, New York 122 03."
C. Stanley Potter retired as head of State Services for the Blind in Minnesota July 1, 1985. Mr. Potter, having been employed in one capacity or another by State Services for the Blind in Minnesota for more than forty years, was the senior administrator in work with the blind of this country at the time of his leaving. He pioneered radio reading services for the blind and helped popularize the concept throughout the country. In his dealings he was always genial and a force for harmony. Not only did he not permit his program to bow to the pressure of seeking NAC accreditation but he stood up to be counted on the matter in the critical votes which occurred in the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind in the mid-1970's. If he had weaknesses (and he did), they centered around his unwillingness to be aggressive in disciplining staff and pushing for effective programs and needed resources--especially if it meant confrontation and controversy. If he had strengths (and, again, he did), they were characterized by his ability to survive, his good will, his gentleness, and his constant attempt to maximize the positive in the context of limited resources and limited authority. Stan Potter is a symbol and an institution in the field of work with the blind. He has many friends and few enemies. His retirement marks the passing of an era and the charting of new beginnings.
**L.C. Smith Typewriter:
Gertrude Van Tassel Ward, Fairview North Apartments, Hamilton Terrace, Building 18, Box 193, Clark Summit, Pennsylvania 18411, writes: "I would like to buy an old L.C. Smith Corona Typewriter with only three rows of keys. It is the kind I became used to. I would exchange my modern portable typewriter for it or pay in cash." If interested, contact Mrs. Ward.
**Miller Service Award:
We recently received the following resolution from the Prairie State Chapter of the NFB of Illinois:
Whereas, Carl and Charlotte Miller exemplify the spirit of Federationism in our National Federation of the Blind of Illinois Prairie State Chapter; and
Whereas, Carl Miller was one of the founders and first President of our Chapter; and
Whereas, Charlotte Miller was the first Secretary of our Chapter and has worked tirelessly whenever and wherever needed; and
Whereas the Millers have provided leadership and dedicated service in many Prairie State projects, especially the Bike-A-Thons of 1980, '81, and '82 and the Bike-A-Nation of 1983: Now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois Prairie State Chapter in meeting assembled this 15th day of June, 1985, in the village of Gardner, Illinois, that this organization commends and awards a plaque to Carl and Charlotte Miller for their years of dedicated service and leadership; and
Be It Further Resolved that our NFBI Prairie State Chapter establishes the Miller Service Award as a lasting tribute to Carl and Charlotte Miller; and
Be It Further Resolved that at our Annual Christmas Dinner this Service Award shall be presented to members or nonmembers who have performed dedicated service to our Chapter; and
Be It Further Resolved that by November 1 a recipient or recipients will be chosen from nominees selected by our three elected board members with board member number one serving as chairperson each year.
Federationist Kien Pham has been selected as a White House Fellow. While in Colorado, Kien Pham was elected Treasurer of the Colorado Student Division. He received scholarships from the NFB of California and the American Brotherhood for the Blind. The following article appeared in the Sunday, June 2nd, issue of the Boulder Daily Camera:
"Kien D. Pham, former county resident and University of Colorado graduate, has been named as one of the 14 persons who will be 1985-86 White House Fellows. Selected from among 1,139 applicants, the Fellows will serve a year beginning September 1 as special assistants to the Vice President, to members of the Cabinet, or to members of the President's principal staff. They will have a variety of work assignments and be involved in an education program which will parallel and broaden the experience of working at high levels of the federal government.
"Pham, 27, now is living in San Jose, California, and is a U.S. citizen. He recently received a M.A. in international economic development and a M.B.A. from Stanford University. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he came to the United States in 1977 with 35 relatives after having escaped from Vietnam as boat refugees."
John W. Smith, one of the leaders of the NFB of Pennsylvania, writes as follows:
"On Wednesday, May 15th, Mayor Karen A. Miller of Reading, Pennsylvania, proclaimed May 15-21 to be 'White Cane Week' in Reading. Those present from the Berks County chapter, NFB of Pennsylvania, were John and Carol Smith and Tom Kehr. The Mayor, a city councilman, the chief of police, a fire marshall, and an administrator from Congressman Gus Yatron's office were in attendance at the May 4th meeting of the Berks County Chapter. The chapter will be working with the police and fire departments to educate firemen and policemen about blindness and to make crime prevention and safety information accessible to blind persons. We feel we've made some excellent contacts. The Mayor has been very helpful. "
**Taped Computer Courses Available:
FlipTrack (999 Main, Suite 200, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137; 312-790-1117) markets a variety of courses on cassette tape for people interested in using personal computers. The courses were originally designed for the general public, and they do not include documentation for specialized software for blind users. They are not tape recorded computer manuals. They are self-paced classes. For more information call Karen Zorn at FlipTrack Learning Systems, 1-800-222-FLIP.
Amy Kathryn Wiglesworth arrived in this world on May 9, 1985. Keith and Nancy of Louisville, Kentucky (the proud parents) report that she weighed five pounds, twelve ounces. They say, "Just wanted to let you know another little Federationist has arrived in the 'decade of the baby.' Ours is a beauty, of course, and we are very proud of her."
The 1985 convention of the National Federation of the Blind is notable for many things. One which many delegates may have missed is that Ronnie Burns, President of the Cumberland Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, and Audrey Hedrick, a member of the Board of Directors of the NFB of Maryland, became engaged. It happened on the convention floor during a session. The wedding will take place at 4:00 p.m., October 20, 1985, at the Bedford Road Baptist Church in Cumberland, Maryland. Audrey and Ronnie have a word of advice for the national President: "Be careful how you use the electricity of the convention. Exciting events may occur which are not included on the agenda."
The following item appeared in the December, 1984, issue of Que Pasa, the newsletter of the NFB of New Mexico: "In addition to fund raising, the Albuquerque Chapter entered into a project where members got sworn in as registrars to help sign up new voters for the November election. In Las Cruces the Chapter entered into a project with Radio Station KRWG where members helped the station with its Fall Jubilee by answering phones in exchange for free air time."
The convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii was held at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Honolulu May 18, 1985. The following people were elected to office: Gail Clark, President; Pat Chong, Vice President; and Dr. Floyd Matson, Secretary-Treasurer. Sharon Gold represented the National Office, and she and Bill Smith report that it was an extremely successful and enthusiastic meeting.
City of Erie
The white cane has come to be recognized as a symbol of independence and civil rights for the blind; and
The Erie County Chapter, a local affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania, has worked for a long time to take the blind from second-class status to their rightful place as first-class citizens of the community; and
The main objective of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania is to obtain security, equality, and opportunity for all the blind; and
One of the methods of achieving this goal is through education of the public with respect to the many capabilities of blind persons;
Now, Therefore, I, Louis J. Tullio, Mayor of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 15 - 21, 1985, as
WHITE CANE WEEK
Erie and I urge the citizens of the Erie area to recognize and support the Erie County Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania in its efforts to generate more public awareness of the blind, and to congratulate them for this contribution to our community.
In witness whereof, I have set my hand and seal this 13th day of May, 1985.Louis J. Tullio, MAYOR
We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
"A VersaBraille P2C is being sold under service agreement for $4,500 so that the owner may purchase a VersaBraille II. Contact Barbara Mattson, 309 Highland Court Apartments, 144 West Henry Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29301."
On Wednesday, June 5, 1985, George Rittgers (long-time Federationist from Kansas City, Missouri) died. Gwen, the wife who had loved him and cared for him during the long years of his illness, said in a letter to President Jernigan:
"Although I was never really ready to give him up, I cannot find it in myself to wish him to have lingered and suffered as he did the last two and a half months. I suppose that this thought stemmed from his days in the Navy, but he had the theory that if the body or dust therefrom was put in the sea, then the spirit was no longer earth bound. I am following through with his wishes and will get his remains in the channel that will take him to sea. I need not tell you what a noble heart and unselfish mind George had. He dearly loved you, and he certainly loved the Federation."
President Jernigan replied:
"I was deeply grieved to hear of George's death, but I share your feeling that it would not have been right to want him to continue the suffering he was experiencing. All of us know how devoted you were to him and how faithfully and steadfastly you cared for him day after day and year after year. All of us also know that he was a man of great loyalty and generous and true spirit. Yes, he loved the Federation, and all of us in the Federation loved him. And, Gwen, we love you. We always will."
**Eat and Run:
Karen Mayry sends us the following announcement:
"Two successful Spring Runs were held in South Dakota. Richard Hansen, Chairman for the Black Hills Chapter, reports that nearly sixty runners and walkers participated in the Mother's Day Run. Theresa Hartinger, President, Mobridge Chapter, stated that they had good cooperation and many local runners and walkers on their first annual Spring Run, May 18th. Refreshments and donuts, which had been donated by local merchants, were offered by both chapters to participants and observers. In addition to the awards, entrants were issued a T-shirt with the NFB logo as they paid their $6.00 fee. Each chapter is already anticipating 1986 when they plan to be bigger and better."
On August 1, 1985, at the Courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland, Ralph Sanders and Jean Agin were married.
Dennis Polselli asks that we carry the following announcement:
"On June 27 of this year (as Federationists know) charges against Judy Sanders for being 'a disorderly person' were dropped. Federationists who are interested in the full story, including Marc Maurer's news conference and how the Boston media handled coverage of the story, are invited to purchase 'The Cassette Gazette' for March of 1985. We did exclusive coverage including reproducing television programs which Marc and Judy appeared on, as well as representatives of the airline industry and a view from a blind broadcaster you might be interested to hear. If you want this issue, please send a check for six dollars for two cassettes to cover the cost of the cassettes to: Dennis Polselli, 506 College Center, 100 State Street, Framingham State College, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701."
Deaf-blind Californians who use Pacific Bell telephone service may qualify for the free loan of a TeleBraille, a telephone communications device for the deaf-blind. The TeleBraille combines the features of a telephone communications device for the deaf-blind with a twenty-cell Braille display and a Braille keyboard. To qualify for a free TeleBraille, an applicant must have basic Braille skills, and a doctor must certify that the person is deaf-blind. For additional information contact Pacific Bell's handicapped information service at 800-772-3140.
We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
Opta-Guide is a device which will enable you to write on lines, place check marks, 2 X's or numbers on the appropriate box or location, etc. easily and accurately. Make your check or money order payable to Ann Morris in the amount of $9.50 and send it to: OptaGuide, c/o Ann Morris, 26 Horseshoe Lane, Levittown, New York 11756.
**To See the Light:
We have been asked to carry the following announcement:
Sister Dolores Marie Orsi, S.P., is collecting used eyeglasses to be distributed throughout the Chilean mission where she works. The mission is located in an economically backward area which has recently been devastated by earthquakes. Eye doctors have been found who will give free examinations and fit used eyeglasses specifically for the people needing them. Glasses may be sent to Providence Mother House, Attention: Sister Dolores Marie Orsi, S.P., Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040.
On June 9th the National Federation of the Blind of Greater Brockton, Massachusetts, held its annual spring banquet at Christo's II, Brockton, Massachusetts, at which time two $400 scholarships were awarded to blind college students. The following new officers were sworn in by State President, Phil Oliver: President, Douglas Campbell; Vice President, Susan Price; Treasurer, Anne Prendergast; Secretary, Joyce Nadell; and Sergeant At Arms, Linda Haywood.
For the past several years Donald Capps, long-time Federation leader, has been a member of the Board of Commissioners of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. On Saturday, August 3, 1985, Mr. Capps was elected Vice Chairman of the Board. Our congratulations.
We have received the following announcement in the National Office: "It's a boy! His name is Zachary Dana. Date of birth July 8, 1985, 1:32 p.m. Weight 7 pounds, 12 1/2 ounces; 20 1/2 inches long. Parents David and Diana Dawson."
Zachary Dana has an older brother, Gregory. Dave Dawson first became acquainted with the Federation in Iowa. Later he worked at the Nebraska agency for the blind. Then, he was employed by the federal government in Washington. Now, (still a fed) he and Diana live in Colorado.
Washington Governor Booth Gardner has appointed Scott H. Lewis to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and to the Board of Trustees of the State School for the Blind. The Judicial Qualifications Commission is a seven-member independent part of the judicial branch of state government. It is charged with investigating and disciplining all judges in the state, from the municipal court level to the state Supreme Court. The position requires Senate confirmation. Lewis' term on the Commission will be four years. He will serve a five-year term as Trustee of the State School for the Blind, where he will be one of eight voting members. Lewis currently serves as chairman of the Board of Zoning Adjustment of the city of Port Angeles, Washington (having just completed a term as chairman), and as a member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Washington State. He is past president of the NFB of Washington, and an active leader in the affiliate.
**Well, Hardly Ever:
Some people (especially our opponents) seem to feel that we never relax. It is only that they do not understand the nature and form of the recreation. Mrs. Mary Ellen Thompson is the capable secretary of Marc Maurer. Recently she wrote:
Dear Dr. Jernigan:
While strolling through Webster's just the other day
The most outstanding word happened to come my way.
You've given me some of the best words I've ever heard
So now it's my turn to pass on the word.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a word that has forty-six letters and means: A pneumocomiosis caused by the inhalation of very find silicate or quartz dust.
On Saturday, August 17, 1985, at St. Mark's Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, Christine Roberts and Doug Boone were married. As Federationists know, Chris is President of the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska and a rehabilitation counselor at State Services for the Visually Impaired. Before moving to Nebraska in 1982, she lived in Colorado and was President of the Boulder Chapter. Doug was a travel and shop instructor at State Services for the Visually Impaired. He resigned in February of this year to go into business for himself.
We have been asked by Mary Saugestad to carry the following announcement concerning the country music band, Alabama:
"Anyone For Alabama? This fan club will suit the special needs of everyone. Newsletters on cassettes upon request. If you are interested in more information or joining, please send a self addressed stamped envelope to: Anyone For Alabama, c/o Mary, 4920 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417. All letters will be seen by Alabama!"
A newly formed Diabetic Division is wasting no time getting the word out around the country. Some of our educational mailings have reached people around the world. The division has received letters from Mexico and Australia. Several Canadians are taking an active part. Eileen O'Brien reports that the division recently received a letter from a person in Poland who would like to correspond, in Polish, with other blind people. She asked that people write in print to: Eva Lewandowska, Al. ARMII LUDWEI 17/10, 00-632 Warsaw, Poland.
It was a Sunday afternoon in June, and blind North Dakotans gathered at the Townhouse Motor Inn in Fargo for a convention of the National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota. Revenue Foregone, discrimination in the purchase of insurance, and the upcoming national convention were all topics for discussion and proposed action. Joyce Scanlan, our national representative, brought us up to date concerning the Revenue Foregone issue and Representative Jim Bates' Fair Insurance Coverage Act. We promised ourselves and each other to contact our. congressmen concerning these matters. We were also interested to hear from Jeff Kubas, an individual who knows firsthand what it is like to be denied insurance because of blindness. His problem, with our help, is on its way to being resolved in his favor. Once again we have demonstrated the need for a strong organized blind movement. The Fargo/Moorhead Chapter and its President, Duane Iverson, were excellent hosts to all who were in attendance. We went away with renewed dedication to make the Federation in North Dakota and the rest of the country bigger and better than ever.
In the July, 1985, newsletter of the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho, the following item appeared: "As this newsletter goes to press, one more bit of information must be included. July 18, 1985, Walt Hine, President of our Twin Falls Chapter, was appointed to the Board of the Idaho Commission for the Blind. He replaces Larry Barnes, who served for three terms. It is high time Barnes should be replaced. Walt has a different job to do. It is already being claimed by some that he is weak and can be manipulated to do what Howard Barton and his cronies want done. We know Walt to be honest and fair. We congratulate you, Walt, and we hope you will be able to bring about some much needed changes at the Commission for the Blind. Good luck, Walt. We will do all we can to help."
Word has just reached us of the death of Jerome Glickman, father of Alan Glickman of Illinois. Mr. Glickman had a heart attack Friday, August 23, and died in Chicago the following day. He was interested in the organized blind movement and was an Associate. Besides Alan he is survived by two other children.