On September 11, 2019 we observed the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Center, the pentagon and the thwarted attack resulting in an aircraft crash in Shanksville Pennsylvania. Around that time, I had my first phone interview about my experiences from that day with Mike Ramsey, news director of KFMO Radio. You may hear the interview here,
I have been thinking a lot this year about that day especially in the light of all the divisiveness and outright deliberate misinformation being spread by politicians. Possibly more than usual, I have been pondering what lessons we should take away from the events of September 11, 2001: lessons we seem not to have learned or at least lessons we are not putting into practice. I speak often about the takeaway lessons from 18 years ago, and I want to share some of my thoughts with you.
Lesson 1, Teamwork.
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
Let’s get the problem child out of the way first. If we are going to talk about teamwork, think of how 19 subhuman evil terrorists worked together as a team to stop the world for a bit. One cannot deny this fact. Even creatures like those who perpetrated the attacks can get lucky once or twice, but…
With that in mind think of all the teamwork that went into the search and rescue efforts by the amazing first responders in New York, Washington and even in Pennsylvania. So many worked together to help show us the way to recover from the horror of the attacks. Thousands of people, men and women selflessly worked together to lead our rebuilding programs both in a physical way as well as a reorientation of our shocked mental psyche.
Because so many people worked together supporting all of us we were able to move on. As a country and mostly as humans we felt a sense of unity and comradery rarely experienced. I think there was a spirit in this country somewhat like what people must have felt during World War II when everyone here was committed to do all they could to support our troops overseas and each other.
I am a collector of classic radio
shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
If you are not familiar with the genre, it’s the entertainment that was
in wide use before the invention of television.
Old-time radio is especially fun because it forces you to use your
imagination unlike television which usually spells out everything. I also enjoy old movies, especially at
Last week I listened to a radio
dramatization of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” inspiring me to seek out
the movie version. In one scene, Bing
Crosby and Rosemary Clooney cannot sleep and find themselves alone together in
the middle of the night talking about their reasons why they aren’t sleeping.
Bing tells Rosemary that his way to fall asleep is to count his blessings
instead of sheep, and then as happens in these movies he sings a song to her
entitled “Count your Blessings.”
We are about to observe the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Center, the pentagon and the thwarted attack resulting in an aircraft crash in Shanksville Pennsylvania. Today I had my first phone interview about my experiences from that day with Mike Ramsey, news director of KFMO Radio. You may hear the interview here,
I have been thinking a lot this year about that day and
possibly more than usual I have been pondering what lessons we should take away
from the events of September 11, 2001. I speak often about the takeaway lessons
from 18 years ago, and I want to share some of my thoughts with you.
Someone once said that God made a mistake when he created dogs because their lives end too quickly. It was June 27, 2011 when I sat in front of my computer to write down my thoughts concerning the previous day’s passing of my hero guide dog, Roselle, who escaped with me from the 78th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Roselle was not the first guide dog or pet I’ve had that I would call a hero or exceptional friend, but she was and is the most famous.
Walmart has officially announced the nationwide rollout of ScripTalk audible prescription labels as a free service for their low vision, blind and print impaired pharmacy customers. This expansion of services means all pharmacists and locations should now be aware of the service which will make requesting the service at any Walmart location a lot easier!!
(July 31, 2019): The
National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide
organization of blind Americans, today applauded the introduction of the
Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act
of 2019 in the House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by
Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), and Mark
DeSaulnier (D-CA). This legislation directs the Architectural and
Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (the “Access Board”) to develop a
minimum nonvisual access standard for home-use medical devices, exercise
equipment, and home appliances, and provide for the enforcement of the
Maryland (March 12, 2019): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest
and largest organization of blind Americans, issued the following statement
today from its President, Mark Riccobono, regarding the portrayal of blind
characters and specifically the forthcoming CW television series “In the Dark”:
“The entertainment industry has produced dozens of movies and TV shows portraying blind characters, usually offensively or inaccurately, and not even one of them has featured a blind actor in a recurring lead role. If blind people are included, they play supporting roles, and sometimes there is a single blind writer or consultant. If organizations like the National Federation of the Blind are consulted at all, the consultation occurs after production, and the producers seek validation rather than collaboration. The forthcoming midseason replacement series ‘In the Dark’ is no different. Its producers sought to justify their exclusion of a blind actor from the leading role in a session full of excuses at a recent conference.
A Further Way Aira is beginning to work to address the issue of the cost of its service comes through the formation of a nonprofit organization called the Do More foundation. Recently I have been asked to accept the position of donor relations within the foundation to help it secure funding. Our initial effort will be to secure funds to help cities and other public facilities establish Aira access within their borders. It would be great, for example, if any blind person could go visit any city public building and travel independently to any office with Aira and not have to pay for the service because the service was subsidized by the city with the help of the Do More foundation. How about visiting public libraries? How about visiting city parks or even going to the county fair and having full access to Aira? These are all the immediate kinds of things we will be working to make happen with the help of the foundation. You can learn more about the foundation by visiting http://domore.io. Continue reading →
It has been a few years since I have corresponded with all of you through my newsletter from the Michael Hingson Group. There is a lot of truth to Alexander Graham Bell’s adage that “when a door closes a window opens”. Even when a door doesn’t close more than one window can open. The cross ventilation can stir up all sorts of challenges which one must address in one way or another. Let me take a moment to catch you up.
2014 my wife, Karen, became critically ill. We posted on Facebook about this and in one of my last newsletters we also discussed it. Karen recovered. At the urgings of our family we relocated from northern California to the Southland and rented an apartment in Victorville California. We never thought that we would be back so close to the areas where both of us grew up. However, sometimes things just happen, but usually for the right reasons. Continue reading →
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