Braille Monitor                                                                           October 1986

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**Ski For Light:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"The 1987 Ski for Light Program will be held in Traverse City, Michigan, February 1-8. The cost for the week (double occupancy) is $375.00. Any blind person interested in outdoor sports (particularly, skiing) is invited to apply. Instruction in skiing will be given. Applications must be received no later than November 1, 1986. For further information, contact: Ms. Judy Dixon, 1104 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia 22201, phone: (703) 276-9191."

**Lion of the Year:

We have learned that New York Federationist Brad Greenspan recently received the LION OF THE YEAR award from the Lion's Club of Central Islip, New York.

**Jobs Available:

Gerald Mains (Director of Triformation Braille Service, Inc.) has asked that we run the following announcement: "HELP WANTED: Triformation Braille Service, Inc., in Stuart, Florida, is seeking NLS-certified proofreaders. Triformation Braille Service, Inc. is also seeking an individual to serve as supervisor of its Proofreading Department. Must have extensive experience in proofreading and knowledge of Braille Codes, as well as supervisory ability. Computer experience helpful. Please send resume of knowledge and/or experience to TBS, Inc., 3142 S.E. Jay Street, Stuart, Florida 33497, or call for information (305) 286-8366."

**Proposed Braille Book Club:

We have been asked to run the following announcement:

"Are you a Braille reader who would be interested in an innovative book club? We are proposing the production of novels (i.e. Top Ten Best Sellers). The make-up of this club would be an annual membership fee, a per book charge with three to five new selections each month. Sound interesting? Let me know by sending a postcard or letter (typed or Brailled) with your name, address, and age to: Jenni Bailey, Box 474, Sparks, Nevada 89432."

**A Word to the Wise:

More and more individuals and groups are writing to ask that we include kinds of announcements in the Monitor. Those who study the format of the "Monitor Miniatures" column and send the material already prepared so that we can carry it without editing are more likely to get it included than those who don't. In addition, it helps if the material is worthwhile, interesting, or at least has something to say. Literacy is also a plus.

**Braille Greeting Cards:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement: "Feel and Read, See and Read. Christmas Greeting Cards...combination print and Braille: 14 for $3.50 and/or 8 for $2.50. Add $.70 extra per set for name in print. Name Brailled free, by request only. Everyday Greeting Cards...combination print and Braille: (birthday, get well, sympathy, all occasion.) With or without scripture. 14 for $3.50 and/or 8 for $2.50. If name is desired in print, priced as above. Envelopes...l00 #10 at $2.25, 100 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 at $4.00, same size with metal clips $6.00. Postage paid. Please include full amount of payment with your order and send to: Harry A. Fribush, 400 Hudson Avenue, Apt. 104, Albany, New York 12203."

**Dies:

On August 23, 1986, Jane Doty of Nebraska died. She was a woman of quiet strength. She joined the Lincoln Chapter shortly after becoming blind because of the complications of diabetes. She served as Secretary of the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska for two years and then worked quietly and without fanfare to help her husband, Gary, while he was serving as President of the Lincoln Chapter. She was a source of joy to all who knew her.

**Hawaii Convention:

The following report is submitted by Dr. Floyd Matson, a professor at the University of Hawaii and the Secretary Treasurer of the Hawaii affiliate: "Federationists and friends from four Hawaiian islands--Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, and Oahu--assembled at Waikiki's Princess Kaiulani Hotel on June 7 for the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii. Highlights of the all-day meeting included a spirited dialogue between Marc Maurer, our national representative, and an official of the state agency overseeing sheltered workshops (Melvin Kuwamoto); speeches by Hawaii Lieutenant Governor John Waihee, State Senator Neil Abercrombie, Honolulu City Council Chairwoman Marilyn Bornhorst, and Deputy City Managing Director Jeremy Harris, along with other public agency spokesmen. The keynote address was delivered by Marc Maurer, who also presented a comprehensive progress report on Federation activities nationally. Officers elected were: Larry Krejci, President; Ruby Whidden, Vice President; Pat Chong, Second Vice President, and Floyd Matson, Secretary-Treasurer. Larry Krejci addressed the convention on the issue of Hawaii's severe animal quarantine law as it affects blind travelers, and Bill Perry spoke compellingly of his experience as a blind youth first discovering and then living the spirit of Federationism."

**VERSATEXT:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"For blind people who write--students, secretaries, administrators, authors-- Braille is still the best system, for efficiency and accuracy. VERSATEXT, a powerful Grade II Braille-to-print word processing program, allows you to write, edit, and spellcheck reports, briefs, memoranda, and correspondence, with automatic translation, page formatting, and printing, of quality comparable to documents produced by sighted persons. The program can be used with any of the VersaBraille Systems connected to either a CP/M or IBM PC-type computer. "VERSATEXT options include: Spellchecker, batch-mailing utility, rapid access name and number directory, and expanded forms writer; an extensive file management system is currently being developed for the VERSATEXT SECRETARY package. For information, contact AMPRO COMPUTERS INC., P.O. Box 390427, Mountain View, California 94039, Telephone (415) 962-0230; or VERSATEXT SYSTEMS INC., P.O. Box 451, Station A, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 8V5, Telephone (613) 592-3367."

**Bible Alliance:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"Bible Alliance, Inc. would like to be included in all mailing lists with reference to state Federation conventions to be held in 1986-87. We provide the Bible on cassette completely FREE OF CHARGE to the blind and visually impaired, and would like to make our free services available to all Federationists. Thank you for your help. Bible Alliance, Inc., P.O. Box 1549, Bradenton, Florida 33506."

**Dies:

Joyce Miller of St. Joseph, Missouri, died July 23, 1986, from complications related to diabetes. She served as Vice President of the St. Joseph Chapter and was a Charter Member of the Diabetic Division. Joyce joined the Federation in 1977 and was a force for unity and strength. When the Missouri affiliate was under attack by officials of the state agency, Joyce stood firm and would not be intimidated.

**The Classes of Blindness:

The following item appears on the 1986 pre-registration form of the American Council of the Blind:

"Degree of visual impairment (check one):

- Totally blind (no useful vision)
- Travel vision (with some assistance)
- Travel vision (with no assistance)
- Sighted (little or no visual impairment."

**LOC-TOK-30:

In the August/September issue of the Monitor we printed a miniature concerning the LOC-TOK 30. We now need to update and amend what we printed. Here is a news release from Aids Unlimited, Inc.:

"Now you can listen to a Library of Congress cassette book on a top-quality AM/FM/FM Stereo/Short Wave Radio/Cassette Player/Recorder. And, what's more, you can read for 6 hours and turn the cassette over only once. Plugged in or operated on batteries, it's a major breakthrough in cassette reading and recording and in radio enjoyment. This all-in-one unit, the LOC-TOK 30, is available for shipment now. Aids Unlimited has been appointed as the exclusive world-wide distributor of the new LOC-TOK 30 Cassette Recorder/Player with AM/FM/FM Stereo/Short Wave Radio.

"With the LOC-TOK 30, you can record and play on all 4 tracks at regular speed or the Library of Congress half speed. With the "Auto-Reverse" feature, you can read tracks 1 and 2 for 3 hours without stopping. Then, flip the cassette over and read tracks 3 and 4 for 3 more hours without stopping. "The radio portion of the LOC-TOK 30 picks up AM, FM, FM Stereo plus Short Wave 1 and Shortwave 2.

"The unit has 2 detachable speakers measuring 4-1/2 " each. The 5 -element graphic equalizer enables you to select the combination of low, middle, and high tones you desire.

"For further information concerning the LOC-TOK 30, or to obtain the Aids Unlimited Fall 1986 catalog listing more than 260 products, contact Aids Unlimited, Inc., 1101 North Calvert Street, Suite 405, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, phone (301) 659-0232."

**New Baby:

David and Marsha Anderson of Indiana announce the arrival of their daughter Bethany Michelle. She was born at 2:10 a.m. July 17, 1986, and she weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. Marsha is the former Marsha Crickmore. Mother, father, and daughter are all doing well.

**Health Spa Ordered to Pay:

Richard Fox sends us the following item from the New York Daily News, June 20, 1986:

"A blind martial arts expert won a $2,500 judgment against a Jack LaLanne health spa yesterday because the fitness club refused to let his guide dog into its gym. The City Human Rights Commission ordered Jack LaLanne Fitness Centers Inc. to compensate Joseph Tartaglia, 53, for the 'mental anguish and humiliation* he suffered at being refused membership in a LaLanne club in 1983. The commission also told LaLanne to offer Tartaglia membership in any LaLanne center he chooses and to 'cease discriminatory practices against individuals who use guide dogs.' Tartaglia, of W. 23rd Street, filed a complaint against LaLanne after the manager of the club's former Park Avenue center refused to sell him a membership because of the guide dog. Tartaglia, who became blind after an illness in 1973, refused an offer to have a sighted friend accompany him to his fitness training programs--free of charge. The commission said LaLanne's offer was not a real alternative because a guide dog is 'an extension of the blind person' and not merely a companion. Tartaglia, who has a black belt in judo and kendo, said he was thrilled with the ruling."

**The Nature of Meanness and the Soul of Pettiness:

At the 1988 convention of the National Federation of the Blind Dr. Abraham Nemeth, inventor of the Nemeth Mathematical Code, came to see President Jernigan to discuss a problem. Dr. Nemeth said that the Braille Authority of North America was attempting to remove his name (if one can believe it) from the mathematical code which he invented. To substantiate this incredible statement he produced a copy of the Spring 1986 Bulletin of the National Braille Association, Paragraph five of an article entitled "Braille Authority of North America: 1985 Annual Meeting" reads: "The Mathematics Technical Committee was directed to complete the updating of Ruth Craig's "Learning the Nemeth Code: A Manual for Teachers" and to rename the document "Learning the Mathematics Code: A Manual for Teachers and Students." Dr. Nemeth told President Jernigan that he had tried without success to persuade the Braille Authority of North America not to attempt to divorce his name from his code. President Jernigan assured Dr. Nemeth that the Federation would do all within its power to support his position. After all, should we try to remove the name of Louie Braille from the Literary Code which he invented?

**Farm Bureau County Membership Chairman:

The June 7, 1986, Minnesota Farm Bureau Farmers Voice carries an article about John Johnson, long-time Federationist. The article reads in part:

"John Johnson of Aitkin County is not about to let the handicap of being totally blind slow him down. He has Deen named 1986 membership chairman for Aitkin County. Through his efforts, Aitkin County had a successful membership drive this year, exceeding its new member goal and achieving growth. Special certificates were awarded to the counties that achieved quota prior to the June conference in St. Cloud. Johnson attended the conference and went up on stage to accept the award which was presented by American Farm Bureau President Dean Kleckner."

**Dies:

On August 17, 1986, Virginia Ornduff (one of the leaders of the Baltimore Chapter) died. She was particularly active in recruiting older blind persons and giving them encouragement and assistance. Her loss will be deeply felt.

**Second Cookbook:

April Enderton, 711 Gray, Des Moines, Iowa 50315, is a member of the Des Moines Chapter. She writes as follows: "I am happy to announce that my second cookbook is now available for purchase entitled The Eaters Digest, it is a 3-volume Braille collection of some of my all time favorite recipes. It is full of recipes from simple snacks to gourmet meals, and much between. It is available for $25.00. When placing orders, please include full name, address, and zip code. Cash, check, or money order will be accepted. I am also still taking orders for my first cookbook, a 2-volume Braille set entitled Food for Thought. This book includes recipes for beverages, breads, casseroles, and desserts. The price is $20.00."

**And Now There Are Nine:

Ehab and Samaiyah Yamini announce the birth of their daughter, Sajda Ifraj, July 18, 1986, at 6:52 a.m. Sajda weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Ehab was recently elected President of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia. He is a massage therapist at the Downtown Athletic Club in Atlanta. Before the arrival of Sajda Ifraj, Ehab had eight children--and now there are nine.

**Innovative Project:

Kent Kolaga reports that the Gateway Chapter (St. Louis) of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri has begun the practice of teaching Braille classes prior to its monthly meetings. Not only can this provide a useful service, it can also stimulate interest and attendance. At the first such class (April 19, 1986) three parents were present. Notices have been sent to agencies and others throughout the community, with the hope that blind persons as well as parents will be encouraged to come.

**Aids For Partially Sighted:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The International Survey of Aids for the Partially Sighted offers information on a wide variety of available products from all over the world.

"The contents include information on reading aids, magnification devices, and medical aids, as well as sections on money handling, typing, and handwriting aids. The last chapter concerns related publications.

"Released in large print only, the book costs $15.00 (air mail) or $12.00 (free matter.) Prepaid orders should be sent to: National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115."

**Names In The News:

In the July 23, 1986, Boone News Republican of Iowa, President and Mrs. Maurer and Ronald Greene were prominently featured in the "Names in the News" section. The caption accompanying the picture said in part: "Ronald Greene of Boone, right, was among the 58 Iowa delegates who attended the recent convention of the National Federation of the Blind. Marc Maurer, center, was elected President of the organization. He is a former Boone resident. His wife, Patricia, is at left. Greene is Secretary of the Federation's Iowa Chapter, and President of the Central Iowa Chapter. He presented Maurer a letter and key to the City of Boone from Mayor Elmer Ohlmann, a cap and train whistle from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, and several items from the Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace."

**Dies:

A letter from Whitney Johnson, one of the leaders of the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho, says:

"I am writing to report the death of a very special Federationist. Bertha Ripplinger recently died in Rigby, Idaho, at the age of 80. Miss Ripplinger was blind throughout her life, but taught kindergarten for 50 years in Rigby and in Buhl, Idaho. She graduated from 80 to 125 kindergarteners each year. Sometimes she taught two classes a day and three sessions a year. We believe she touched the lives of 4,000 children and nearly twice that many parents. She awarded pencils when children could count to 50 and tablets when they could count to 100. She is remembered by thousands of persons in eastern Idaho for her directness, love of people, and energy. Blindness never stopped her.

Bertha Ripplinger was a long time member of the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho and served for some years as President of the Eastern Chapter.

**Open Letter From Kenneth Jernigan:

Bob and Yolanda Pherigo have been special people to me. Among other things they have been responsible for helping bring cherries to me at national conventions. In 1985 they went to the orchards outside of Nampa, Idaho, picked the cherries, cared for them on the plane, and brought them to the presidential suite at convention. They asked for no recognition or even thanks. They simply gave with generous hearts and said nothing about it.

This year they were planning a repeat performance. I doubt that they knew that I was aware of it. Then, tragedy struck. The week before the national convention Bob was standing on a quiet street in Nampa talking with friends when a car driven by a drunk driver veered out of control and struck him. He was dragged for more than a block and died almost immediately. The tragedy was made even worse by the fact that Bob had a four-year old daughter, Monica. Of course, Yolanda was unable to come to the convention.

Bob Pherigo exemplified (and Yolanda still exemplifies) the spirit of Federationism in action--generosity toward others, a wish to serve, a spirit of self-reliance, loyalty in time of crisis, and a quiet strength. Despite her loss, Yolanda was present at the July meeting of the Snake River Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho. Bob will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to Yolanda in her grief. Of such as these is the Federation made.

**Books On Knitting And Crocheting: We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"If you like to knit or crochet, you'll enjoy two handicraft books from National Braille Press. The two books, Handicrafts 1983 and Handicrafts 1984, are a collection of patterns from Our Special Magazine. "There's something for everyone--men, women, and children--including patterns for sweaters, cardigans, vests, slippers, mittens, Christmas gifts, and more.

'Handicrafts 1983 is $3.00 and Handicrafts 1984 is $2.00. Mail a check to National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115. Braille only."

**Braille Dictionary Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"For Sale: A 4-volume desk pocket dictionary--excellent condition-- $50.00. Contact Jeanne Calusine, 156 Wintonbury Avenue, Apartment D-102, Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002, (203) 242-0648."

**Jewish Braille Institute Scholarships:

The Jewish Braille Institute of America announces new scholarships. Blind students preparing for careers as rabbis, cantors, or professional workers in Jewish communal service may be eligible for scholarship assistance from the Jewish Braille Institute of America, Inc. The scholarships were established through a bequest from Miss Sophie Lazaroff and more information about them can be obtained from Dr. Gerald M. Kass, Executive Vice President, Jewish Braille Institute of America, Inc., 110 East 30th Street, New York, New York 10016.

**New Chapter:

Hazel Staley, one of the leaders of the North Carolina affiliate, writes as follows:

"We have a new chapter. It is the National Federation of the Blind of Columbus County, North Carolina, organized July 10. Its officers are Regina Evans, President; Grover Duncan, Vice President; John Nickolaus, Secretary; and Griffin Johnson, Treasurer. This is an area that has needed organizing for some time and we welcome them into our family."

**Report from Atlanta:

Wayne High, President of the Atlanta Chapter, writes:

"Our officers for the year 1986-87 are: Wayne High, President; Raj Mehta, First Vice President; Gladys Taylor, Second Vice President; Demetra McCormick, Secretary; and Vesta Oliver, Treasurer (she was married February 14, 1986.) On May 16 and 17 of this year, we hosted the state convention. Our members worked very hard to make it a successful one. Our chapter has grown, and is constantly growing."

**Write-Lite:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"American Thermoform Corporation in its 25th year of service to the visually impaired has developed Write-Lite, a lightweight, portable "writing tablet" for the low vision student.

"The Write-Lite is ideal for use when conventional black boards are not

feasible. Flourescent crayons, available in a variety of colors give black light effect for high contrast. "The 13 x 18 x 1 5/8 metal framed lucite writing surface requires eight "C" cell batteries. It is equipped with a built-in easel for easy set-up and viewing, and weighs less than five pounds. The Write-Lite is priced at $89.50 excluding batteries. An optional heavy duty carrying bag is also available at $12.00. Additional information may be obtained by contacting ATE, 2311 Travers Avenue, Commerce,CA 90040 (213) 723-9021."

**Audio Players:

David Swerdlow, 621 West End Avenue, New York, New York 10024, has asked that we carry the following announcement:

"Attention! Blind and partially sighted men and women living in the New York area! Interested in popular music? Drama? Then why not join the Elbee Audio Players, an independent troupe of blind and sighted amateur players, now going into its twenty-fifth season... They use an audio, radio style format exclusively...This season Elbee will present an original audio version of "The Mikado in Audio" by Gilbert and Sullivan; also "An Evening with the Gershwins and Stephen Sondheim." In drama: Scenes from plays by Lorraine Hans berry, John vanDruten, W. S. Maugham, and others. Should know Braille; no memorizing of lines necessary." Write to David Swerdlow, or call him at (212) 874-5704.