Michael Hingson–author of the new book, “Thunder Dog: The True Story Of A Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero,” part memoir, but also a spirited yarn in which Hingson, blind since birth, recounts working in the North Tower of the Twin Towers on 9/11 and being led to safety from the 78th floor by his guide dog then, Roselle–discusses his formative years, when his parents “mainstreamed” him before that term (or philosophy) had first been utilized; he rode a bike as a kid, and drove a car as a college student!
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He also briefly explains the career path that led to his having an office in the North Tower on 9/11, his reaction and Roselle’s reaction when the plane hit the building, and how he, a colleague and Roselle started down the stairwell from the 78th floor, and some of the encounters with firefighters and others en route to making it all the way down and exiting the Tower . Hingson also observes that other people’s reactions and attitudes toward the blind often prove to be the blind people’s biggest “handicap.” On a related note, he addresses how that sort of discrimination and prejudice account for the fact that nearly 70% of employable blind people are unemployed, and what can be done to help mitigate that circumstance and promote greater awareness and inclusiveness. (www.MichaelHingson.com)
COMEDY CORNER: Bill Burr’s “Dogs Mirror Emotions” (www.BillBurr.com)
MUSIC: Spirit’s “Animal Zoo,” Hanggai’s “Beautiful Mongolian Horse,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Steely Dan’s “Black Cow”