[nfbwatlk] 20 years ago next week
kkipp123 at msn.com
Thu Jun 30 23:28:53 UTC 2011
I remember when you got the scholarship 20 hears ago. Yea for you.
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From: "Nightingale, Noel" <Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov>
To: <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:24 PM
Subject: [nfbwatlk] 20 years ago next week
> NFB of Washington Talk listers:
> It will be 20 years ago next week that I attended my first National
> Federation of the Blind National Convention. I had won a scholarship and
> I brought with me my folding cane as I assumed that canes would be all the
> fashion in New Orleans in 1991. At the convention, I quickly figured out
> that the folding cane was really dorky and I bought myself a telescoping
> I only applied for the scholarship because Susie Prows was on the
> Washington Department of Services for the Blind advisory council with me
> and she handed me a scholarship application and said that I should apply.
> Scott LaBarre was a member of the scholarship committee and he called to
> tell me that I had won an NFB scholarship. I was so astounded, I hipped
> and yapped into the phone with delight.
> At the convention, the chairman of the NFB DIG program, Chris Kuczynski,
> kept harassing me about my newly purchased telescoping carbon fiber cane
> because it only came to my breast bone. Later, I read in my new
> subscription to the Braille Monitor an article by Chris about the pencil
> technique , which I quickly adopted. Over time, I bought successively
> longer white canes and grew to prefer straight ones over telescoping,
> except for canes I use while on airplanes.
> I won the lowest amount scholarship that was possible to get at that
> particular national convention. However, the money, while appreciated,
> was a minimal gift to the friendships and inspiration and information that
> I have gained as a result of having attended that convention.
> I got to know Dan Frye, who spent countless hours with me during law
> school helping me develop a philosophy about living as a blind person and
> who is now one of my closest friends; Denise and Gary Mackenstadt, who
> started inviting Jim and me over to their home and shared their lives with
> me; Ben and Susie Prows, who also started inviting us to their home and
> introduced me to Hazel tenBroek; Albert Sanchez, who always tried to keep
> me on my toes and is one of my role models; and Mike and Barbara Freeman,
> who liked to verbally spar with me; Mark and Debbie Noble, who amused me
> with their antics and showed me how to live as a blind person with
> individual desires and ambitions; and Scott LaBarre, who has become a
> beloved friend; and many, many others, some of whom are on this list today
> and some of whom are not.
> Happy anniversary to me!
> Your friend and colleague in the movement,
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