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Attention Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers:

If you are still frantically looking for just the right gift to please a friend or loved one, don't forget that you can order all kinds of merchandise by logging on to <> and choosing links to any of a number of companies on the Web who will be happy to contribute 5 percent of the purchase price of your order to the NFB. Here is the list of links you can click on:

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Judy Geva of Choco Braille reports that our notice in the October issue contained errors in her contact information. To place an order, contact her at <>. The graphic Web site for Choco Braille is

In Memoriam:

Harold Snider writes to report this followning sad news:

Sir John Wilson
Sir John Wilson
January 20, 1919, to
November 24, 1999

Sir John Wilson was my friend and colleague for more than thirty years. Although he never participated in NFB national conventions, he strongly supported our work and philosophy around the world and was a close friend and colleague of Dr. Jernigan. He was also the founder, in 1947, and first President of the National Federation of the Blind of the United Kingdom.

Sir John was born on January 20, 1919, in Scarborough, England. He was blinded by a Bunsen burner explosion in a school chemistry lab at the age of twelve. He won a full scholarship to St. Catherine's College, Oxford, where he obtained degrees in law and social science. In 1941 he worked as assistant secretary of the Royal National Institute for the Blind, where he helped blind people find employment. He commented that it took courage just to go to work in London during the Blitz and other German bombing.

In 1946 Sir John and his wife Jean went on a fact-finding mission to colonies in the British Empire in order to assess the situation of blind people. He found an overwhelming need for education and rehabilitation services which was met by the establishment of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind in 1950. Sir John was the Society's Director until his retirement in 1983. During his tenure he established education and rehabilitation programs for the blind in more than thirty countries.

Sir John is best remember for his lifelong work on the prevention of blindness and other disabilities. He pioneered the concept in Indian villages of Cataract Camps, which could perform more than 100 cataract operations in a day. He and his wife lived for a year in the villages of the blind in Ghana. He championed the prevention of river blindness by use of the drug Mectizan or Invermectin. This drug prevented many millions of people from losing their sight from the bite of the imulium fly. I ran the American Impact Foundation for Sir John from 1986 until 1989. That foundation provided funds for low-cost surgery to prevent blindness and other disabilities in developing countries. Dr. Jernigan served with distinction on its board.

Sir John received many honors during his lifetime. In 1975 Queen Elizabeth knighted him as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). In 1993 he received the Albert Schweitzer International Prize for medicine. Until his death he served as a consultant to the Secretary General of the United Nations on disability matters. During his working life he travelled 50,000 to 100,000 miles a year to maintain hands-on contact with blind people around the world. He died in his sleep early on Wednesday morning, November 24, 1999. He was my close friend and confidante and never failed to show interest and give good advice. He always believed that people came first and should receive help one at a time. Sir John's article "My Hols" appeared in the November, 1998, issue of the Braille Monitor.

Position Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is seeking applicants for Director of the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. This Senior Management Service position is responsible for administrative and professional work in directing statewide program services for the blind and visually impaired. The salary range is $57,488 to $87,316 with a comprehensive benefits package.

The position requires six years of responsible experience in the field of human services, including four years in an administrative, consultative, or supervisory capacity providing services to the blind or visually impaired; and a bachelor's degree; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Qualified applicants should forward a resume by December 30, 1999, to Robin Mills, Bureau of Personnel, Department of Labor and Industry, 1418 L&I Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120, (717) 783-8836, e-mail <>. The Commonwealth is an equal opportunity employer.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

New, fast speech-based IBM computer with Open Book, thirteen-gigabyte hard drive. Under warranty. If interested, call Stan Lewis, (925) 778-7446.

Summer Music Institute:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Music and Arts Center for the Handicapped, located in Connecticut, is accepting applications nationwide for its fifth Summer Institute for Blind College-Bound Musicians.

This three-week residential program held in July is for students tenth grade and up who have had some music experience and are serious about gaining skills necessary for the study of music in college. Areas taught include Braille music, computer composing and notation skills, theory, keyboard, and ensemble.

Held on a college campus in Bridgeport, Connecticut, this program gives students opportunities to live and work in a true-to-life situation, while also sharing the fun of summer outings, performing, and mingling with others of similar abilities and interests.

Enrollment is limited to ten students who will be accepted based on their applications and telephone interviews. Cost of the program is $2,000. Partial scholarships are available. Applications must be completed and returned by April 15, 2000. Students under the age of fifteen or in need of significant financial help should apply early.

Resource Center: Students, parents, teachers, and professional musicians are invited to contact our National Resource Center for Blind Musicians with questions regarding Braille music and accessible music technology. We can often direct people to sources of needed Braille music or put them in touch with a blind musician in their area with expertise in a particular aspect of the field. The Resource Center can provide workshops and basic music technology training to teachers and college students throughout New England. We are especially interested in hearing from parents, teachers, and blind music students of all ages in order to gather data about the needs and successes of today's students and develop future programs.

For an application to the Summer Institute or to reach the National Resource Center, contact the Music and Arts Center for the Handicapped, 600 University Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06601, (203) 366-3300, e-mail: <>.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Microsoft Office ‘97, asking $100 or best offer. Contact Monty Cassellius, (309) 454-6097, e-mail:


World Series Computer Game Update:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

With the 1999 World Series over, you can now obtain Version 14 of the World Series Baseball Game and Information System. Among the 269 teams that come with the game are the 1999 Yankees and Braves and the 1999 All Star teams. You can play baseball on your computer using all the great teams of the past, Negro and Japanese teams, and many All-Star teams. You can also review the history of baseball, find out who is in the Hall of Fame, check out all the baseball records, and try out your knowledge of the game on a 1,000-question quiz.

In the game you are manager: changing pitchers, pinch hitting, sacrificing, purposely passing batters, moving the infield in, etc. The game is being played by sight-impaired baseball fans of all ages in forty-eight states on IBM-compatible computers with screen readers and synthesizers. The price is still the same as when the game was first introduced in 1986, only $15 to new users, $5 for updates. Send your check to Harry Hollingsworth, 692 S. Sheraton Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319, or call (330) 644-2421 or e-mail <>.

New Baby:

Noel Nightingale and Jim Peterson
Noel Nightingale and Jim Peterson

We are delighted to report that on November 1, 1999, Noel Nightingale, President of the NFB of Washington, and newest member of the national Board of Directors, and her husband Jim Peterson gave birth to Lelah Nightingale Peterson. Lelah weighed in at six pounds, four ounces, and was nineteen-and-a-half inches long. She expects to attend her first meeting of the Board of Directors over the Thanksgiving weekend. Her mother and father trust that she will sleep through most of it. Congratulations to the Petersons.

New Mini Braille Notebook:

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Easier Ways has developed a new Mini Perma Notebook for Brailling telephone numbers, addresses, birthdays, appointments, etc. It is flat, no bulky binder. Fits easily into pocket or purse. Comes with refill containing fifty 3-by-5-inch, two-hole-punched, clear Perma plastic sheets. Makes extremely sharp Braille that lasts for years. Can add or remove a sheet easily. Can make a quick entry without removing a sheet. For further information contact Easier Ways, Inc., 2954 Shady Lane, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126, (303) 290-0987, fax (303) 290-6446, or e-mail <>.

Online Support Groups:

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Two online support groups for families with members affected with Laurence Moon Beidl Syndrome (LMBS) and retinitis pigmentosa (RP) are now available. Contact Sue McCoy, <>.

Free Braille Books Available:

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The following Braille books are available to anyone who wishes to receive them: The American Vest Pocket Dictionary, The Cooking Class Cookbook, Easy Ways to Delicious Meals, Cooking with Betty Crocker Mixes, Muffin Mania, Stouffers, Better Homes and Gardens Salad Book, and Better Homes and Gardens Meat Cookbook. For more detailed information about each book or to make arrangements to receive them, call (541) 752-3325 or write Margaret and Charles Coe, 2655 N.W. Acey Place, Corvallis, Oregon 97330.

Transcription Service:

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Dot's Right is an inkprint-to-Braille transcription service. It transcribes a variety of materials: personal documents, training and technical manuals, restaurant menus, and more. The rates are reasonable, and the work is high quality. Contact Liz Conejo, Dot's Right, 1864 North Avenue 51, Los Angeles, California 90042, (323) 254-9213, or e-mail: <>.

Audio Darts Tournament:

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Audio Darts of Pittsburgh will hold its third Harold Schlegel Darts Tournament during the weekend of March 31 through April 2, 2000, at the Best Western Motel, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The room rate is $69 plus tax per night, and four persons may share a room. For room registration please call (412) 683-6100. The first event will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and the tournament should conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The cost of the entire tournament will be $65. Please make all checks payable to Audio Darts of Pittsburgh and mail to Louis Wassermann, 2503 Silver Oak Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220. For more information call Lois Briggs at (412) 366-2630 or Joe Wasserman at (412) 687-5166.

New Chapter:

The Golden Triangle Chapter of the NFB of Texas was formed on September 18, 1999. The officers are Kimberly Aguillard, President; R. L. Miller, Vice President; Gean Ella Jack, Secretary/Treasurer; and Tom Walters and Kay Place, Board Members.

RFB & D Annual Scholarships:

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Applications are available for two annual National Achievement Awards sponsored by Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), the nation's largest nonprofit lending library of recorded textbooks for people with learning disabilities, visual impairments, or other physical disabilities. The application deadline is February 21, 2000.

RFB&D's Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards (SAA) are given to nine blind or visually impaired seniors at four-year U.S. colleges or universities. The Marion Huber Learning Through Listening awards (LTL) are presented to six high school seniors with learning disabilities. Award moneys total more than $50,000.

The competitions are open to active RFB&D members who have been registered for at least one year prior to the deadline either individually or through their schools and who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, leadership, enterprise, and service to others.

For additional information on RFB&D's membership programs or award eligibility criteria or to request an award application, call RFB&D toll-free at (800) 221-4792.