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Treadmarkz’s Sociological Study: Brian Sterner vs. Adam Bender

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In just the past four days more people have visited treadmarkz.wordpress.com to read about Adam Bender, the one-legged little league catcher, than those who have visited to read about Brian Sterner, the quadriplegic who you will remember was tossed out of his chair by an arresting officer back in February. That story continues to get hits, and until today was the biggest story in the history of treadmarkz.wordpress.com.

This just goes to show that people do like happy news, and prefer a story about a success and (I hate this phrase) a triumph over adversity, to a story about a person who has been victimized. It’s funny though because even my story about Allen Keita did not get this much publicity and that was awesome what he did!
I guess it is because the sun is out and things are looking up.

Happy Summer, and enjoy your visit to Treadmarkz.wordpress.com!!!

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Paterson To Be 1st Disabled N.Y. Gov. Since FDR

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David Paterson will take office Monday as the Governor of New York after the resignation of Eliot Spitzer. Legally blind since infancy, Paterson will be the first disabled Governor in New York since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In the History of the U.S., there have only been two blind senators, and one blind congressman.

It is noteworthy that in this story, the author contends that Paterson’s becoming Governor is an inspiration to the blind, an example of what they can accomplish, and then he goes on to say of Maricar Marquez, a Helen Keller Center employee, that Marquez “is deaf and blind and communicates with the aid of two interpreters, but still manages to work as an instructor at the Helen Keller center.” The bold italics was added by me, for emphasis. Even in a story about a great moments for a disabled person, there has to be a patronizing statement like that. Unbelievable.

Paterson may not prove to be the greatest governor in U.S. history, and he should not be expected to perform twice as well to prove his equality to others. Nor should it be deemed “good enough” if he performs almost as well, just because he is blind. I would urge the people of New York to judge him on the same standards as you judged past governors.

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March 14, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Long Lost Photo of Helen Keller Uncovered

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Here is a long-lost snapshot of Helen Keller, with her teacher Anne Sullivan, discovered earlier this week. The photo has rarely been seen by the general public since it was taken in 1888. It has only been published twice since.

Not only does this photo depict the beginning stages of a 50-year friendship between Keller and Sullivan, it shows Keller holding the object with which Sullivan would teach the blind and deaf girl to spell out her first word, “doll”. This could very well be considered Keller’s first step toward becoming an author, humanitarian, and advocate for the blind and deaf.

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March 6, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Jeff Healey, 1966-2008: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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by Treadmarkz

Jeff Healey, the blues/rock/jazz guitarist who gained fame in the late-80’s with the song “Angel Eyes” passed away yesterday from cancer. He was 41.

The Canadian-born singer-guitarist had retinoblastoma, a form of ocular cancer which first developed when he was one year old, leaving him blind for life. He began playing guitar when he was three, developing an idiosyncratic style of playing, with the guitar laying on his lap, which, ironically (as his disability was surely seen as an impedement) allowed him more freedom in chord structure. In recent years, Healey has stepped out of the limelight and embraced jazz music, another love of his.
I cannot say that I was a fan of Healey’s, in fact I did not know much about him at all. But when I went to the internet to listen to “Angel Eyes” tonight, I was instantly transported back to the age of 9 when this song was popular. His guitar solo in “Angel Eyes” is one of such depth, not only does it leave an imprint on your memory somewhere, but it has a texture and shape that you can almost see, feel and taste it.

But there can be no more fitting tribute, and no better way to exhibit his sheer talent and flair on the guitar, than to post his version of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Enjoy.

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March 4, 2008 at 5:47 AM

I’ve Heard Some Politically-Incorrect Words For “Disabled”, But THIS is Ridiculous! hehe…

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But seriously, I found this video on YouTube awhile back and I still can’t stop laughing about it. This news reporter is telling a story about a blind mountain climber, but kind of slips up.

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February 18, 2008 at 8:23 PM