[Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea

Don Mitchell donmi at comcast.net
Sun Nov 15 15:16:54 CST 2009


Yes, Mike,

I agree we are seen often as mascots rather then people who love music. I 
think you see my point, though, I'm not going to avoid something just 
because it is a stereotype. I do believe that if something I do is a 
stereotypical activity it is my mission in life to change that stereotype. I 
think it is easier to avoided stereotypical activities but I believe it is 
better to change the stereotype. My view may be too idealistic, but I am 
sticking to it.

Don

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Freeman" <k7uij at panix.com>
To: <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 10:59 PM
Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea


> Don:
>
> I agree about musicians; being o" is not a bad thing. I was thinking more 
> in terms that many hams regard blind persons as miraculous persons, 
> wondrously gifted in music, who have overcome overwhelming odds to be, 
> well, normal, that is, we wouldn't be regarded as extraordinary were we 
> sighted. I sometimes get the impression that we are regarded almost more 
> as mascots than as real, flesh-and-blood human beings. As fantastic a 
> musician as he was, I think Sparky fell into that category in the eyes of 
> many. All I mean to say is that we must break out of that role.
>
> Mike
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Don Mitchell" <donmi at comcast.net>
> To: "Clark County Chapter, NFB of Washington List" <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
> Date: Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 18:55:44
> Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
>
>>
>>
>> I would enjoy being more involved in the ham club. I ran one of the 
>> monthly
>> ARES nets for more then 10 years. Since they are on Tuesday nights I am 
>> no
>> longer available for that.
>>
>> I understand your sentiment, Mike, about musicians, but all three of us 
>> to
>> one degree or another are musicians. I will not deny what I am just 
>> because
>> I am blind. Our society needs to give up there stereotypes we don't. We 
>> are
>> human and should be able to express any things that bring us joy and 
>> perhaps
>> joy to others.
>>
>> Don
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Les Fitzpatrick" <lesfitz at comcast.net>
>> To: "'Clark County Chapter, NFB of Washington List'" <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 4:35 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
>>
>>
>> > Hey Mike I like it. I've been trying to go to radio but somehow there's
>> > always something going on but hopefully that will change because I like 
>> > to
>> > go to radio club.
>> >
>> >
>> > please visit my website http://www.lfitz.ws
>> > Les Fitzpatrick
>> > instructor at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind
>> > President Clark County Chapter National Federation of the Blind
>> > Ham Call K5FPT
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: cccnfbw-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:cccnfbw-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
>> > Behalf Of Mike Freeman
>> > Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 4:21 PM
>> > To: cccnfbw at nfbnet.org
>> > Subject: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
>> >
>> > Hi, all.
>> >
>> > It occurs to me that since there three of us in the chapter with 
>> > amateur
>> > radio licenses (Les, Don and myself), it might be fun and, perhaps,
>> > beneficial for us to make our presence known unobtrusively in the ham
>> > radio
>> > community around here to inject a modicum of NFB philosophy into the
>> > thinking of the local hams re the disabled. I've started going to the
>> > Clark
>> > County Amateur Radio Club meetings as regularly as my schedule allows 
>> > and
>> > I
>> > would urge Don and Les to do likewise. I've put my hat in the ring for 
>> > a
>> > CCARC office also. Let's put our thinking-caps on to project an image 
>> > of
>> > the
>> > blind as something more than musicians (and I'm not knocking them) to 
>> > our
>> > fellow hams.
>> >
>> > Just a thought.
>> >
>> > DE Mike K7UIJ
>> >
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