It was fitting that July 6, 2000, was Dr. tenBroek's eighty-ninth birthday. It was also the convention day devoted to discussion of the NFB's capital campaign to raise $18,000,000 to build the National Research and Training Institute for the Blind on the grounds of the National Center for the Blind in Baltimore. Dramatically demonstrating that we must embrace new ways of thinking and working if our dream is to come to fruition, President Maurer swept into the convention hall riding a miniature crane and wearing his capital campaign T-shirt and a hard hat. John Cheadle walked beside the crane, and Mrs Jernigan walked behind. The sounds of heavy equipment at work filled the room as Federationists cheered and clapped their greeting.
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