Libraries and Blind People: Looking Toward the Future

As a blind person growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, I did not have real access to libraries. Instead I, like most blind persons, received borrowed books through a program known as the Talking Book program funded by the Library of Congress. Under this program professional actors and readers were hired to record books which were then transcribed onto records. If I wanted a book I could call my local talking book library, 65 miles away, and, if the book happened to be recorded, it would be sent to me. Also, often, library staff would send me what they thought I should get, especially if my requested manuscript was not available. Usually books I wanted were not recorded. Only a few hundred and then a few thousand books were transcribed nationally. Sometimes books were even made available in Braille, the only true reading and writing language available to blind persons. Continue reading

Michael Hingson, NY Times Best Selling Author To Speak At NewPort EMS Conference

Press Release: 

NEWPORT, OR – As many of us watched the horror of the 9-11 terrorist attacks from the comfort of our living rooms, Michael Hingson actually lived it, and will relive the story “Turning the Tables on Terrorism” at the Newport EMS Conference on April 8th and 9th, 2017.

Hingson was working as a mid Atlantic region sales manager at Quantum on the 78th floor when he heard a loud noise that shook the building he was in, which was Tower One. At the time, no one knew exactly what was happening. They just knew they had to get out of the building.  Continue reading

It’s Not Just About Being Gay!

In the name of “religious freedom” the Indiana state legislature passed and the Governor signed into law a bill that state politicians claim is designed to uphold freedom of religion in the state of Indiana. Over the past week the opposition to the law has been fierce. Mainly opponents have stressed that the law could very well deny gay and lesbian people the same freedoms and rights as non-gays and non-lesbians. The law states that services and opportunities in the state of Indiana can be denied to persons based on the service provider’s religious beliefs. The presumption is based on past track records in other states where gay persons have been denied some of the same services offered to others. Continue reading

Honoring the Memory Of 9-11

9-11 is an important day for all of us.  It represents a day when the world really did stop and all of us were given a choice to change and move on, or be paralyzed by fear.  Please remember those we lost on 9-11 and please pray for all the survivors who still cannot forgive and go forward.

I sit in my hotel room in Chicago watching the New York 9-11 event.  I remember the day well, but I also remember everything since that day.  We need to get back to an attitude of teamwork and working together.  We can be better than we are.

Let’s all work together and make this world a better place.  Tell our politicians to put aside their differences and figure out ways to team and not be so divisive.

God bless you all and God bless America.

Best,

Michael Hingson

Prejudice Goes Much Deeper Than Race

love is blindThe past six weeks have seen our country once again take up the discussion of racial prejudice.  It began with the LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, making extreme, racially prejudiced comments which have been broadcasted all over the world by every media outlet imaginable.  Few people doubt the inappropriateness of Mr. Sterling’s remarks, private or otherwise.

Two weeks ago Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, made comments during a public forum discussing Mr. Sterling’s remarks and observed that in reality no matter what we think or say, we all have prejudices in our minds and hearts.  In essence, Mr. Cuban observed that we all live our lives in some way according to the prejudices we carry around with us.  He used some racial examples to illustrate his points. Continue reading

What Is Normal Anyway? | Michael Hingson

I have always regarded myself as a pretty normal kind of guy. I am 64 years old and have been married for half my life. I have a Masters degree in Physics from the University of California at Irvine which I received in the usual timeframe. Following in the footsteps of most normal people after college I obtained a full-time job which for me happen to be in sales. I sold high tech computer related products for over 25 years. Sounds pretty normal so far? Continue reading