[Missouri-l] Tonight's books And Beyond
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Mon Sep 14 08:46:35 CDT 2009
For many, Braille has and continues to play an important role in our lives.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille. At
present, an exhibit honoring his work and Braille itself is traveling the
country. Very likely, there is no one who knows more about the man himself
than tonight'sBooks And Beyond guest. C. Michael Mellor, former editor of
the Matilda Ziegler magazine now residing in Brooklyn, will tell us tonight
about Louis Braille's life and work, how he became interested in him and
what Braille means to him. Has its time come and gone? In the days of
adaptive technology and access to so very much in audio form, has Braille
still got a place in our world? Take an hour from the debate and join us
tonight. Whether or not you personally read or enjoy reading Braille
yourself, it is a time we can spend together learning about a man who has
had a significant impact on all our lives.
To join us, call the following number about ten be fore 8 eastern time.
While the interview part of the show is taking place, we ask that you mute
your phone, but I promise there will be time for questions. To get to the
phone: 218-844-3388 and then put in the code 26657 and press pound. We hope
to see you there to talk about a subject dear to my heart and I know, to
many of yours.
A short bio on C. Michael Mellor is below.
C. Michael Mellor embarked on a biography of Louis Braille when he first saw
the letters of Louis Braille on display at l'Institut National de Jeunes
the school in Paris where Louis was a student, teacher, and creator of an
embossed code that carries his name.
As editor of the Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind for eighteen years,
Mike has long held a fascination for Braille. His published paper, "Making a
Point: The Crusade for a Universal Embossed Code in the United States," was
delivered at the International Conference on "The Blind in History and the
History of the Blind," in Paris, France, where he came upon Louis's extant
letters and decided to translate them for publication.
Mellor holds an MA in the History of Science from the University of Leeds in
England, where he was born. During National Service with the Royal Air
he maintained electronic equipment on jet fighters. He lives in Brooklyn,
New York, where he enjoys being an urban farmer.
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