Gerald McRaney Issue

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The Living Century – PBS Series Looks at Centenarians

They are the real life characters that live in the history books children read in classrooms across the country. Inventions that have changed the course of history bear their name. Each person holds a piece of yesterday in memories that span a century or more. Together they represent a cross section of the over ... Read more

Let’s Build A Boat-Excerpted From An Ocean To Cross

Circa 2001 From An Ocean To Cross by Liz Fordred with Susie Blackmun On March 26, 1981, Liz and Pete Fordred set sail in their 43-foot sailing vessel “Usikusiku from Cape Town. South Africa on the adventure of a lifetime. The 15 month voyage that followed eventually brought the young couple to Fort Lauderdale, ... Read more

Gerald Mcraney – TV Star Discusses Disability Casting

Circa 2001 Through the medium of television, Gerald McRaney has been a regular and welcome-visitor in homes across America for the past 18 years. He investigator Rick Simon on “Simon and Simon.” McRaney then went on to become the nation’s favorite U.S. Marine in “Major Dad” and most recently portrayed stalwart family man Russell ... Read more

Macular Degeneration – Types, Causes Examined

Circa 2001 Marla Runyan may be one of the most prominent figures in the media today dealing with the effects of Macular Degeneration, but the progressive eye condition affects as many as 15 million Americans and even millions more around the world. The disease attacks the central portion of the retina called the macula, ... Read more

Emp Rocks Seattle – Experience The Music

Circa 2001 Seattle found itself in a media frenzy last summer when billionaire Paul Allen presented his exuberant Experience Music Project (EMP) to the world. Allen’s interactive museum-an ode to guitar great Jimi Hendrix-awed, inspired and had many people shaking their heads in bewilderment over its twisted metal exterior. Some compared the architecture to ... Read more

Humor Therapy To Santa Claus

Circa 2001 It was colder this year in the North Pole. The summer had brought about a record snow fall and the drifts were higher than Robert Downey Jr. The wind-chill factor had dipped lower than the O.J. legal dream team. And, apathy had settled in like a flea on the back of a ... Read more

Gift Giving Guide

Circa 2001 This gift giving guide is T designed to make your shopping enjoyable, economical, easy and efficient. This unique selection is also a result of reader requests. The guide won’t let you down; there is something here for everyone on your list. Use the challenge of purchasing a useful, well received gift as ... Read more

I. King Jordan – Interview with Gallaudet President

Circa 2001 King Jordan became the eighth president in the long history of Gallaudet University in 1988, following a student protest that demanded that the position be filled by a deaf person (see accompanying article). In the years since, he has become a major spokesperson for hearing disability awareness. ABILITY‘s Chet Cooper had an ... Read more

Golden Future In Sight For Marla Runyan

Circa 2001 Marla Runyan didn’t set a world record in the 2000 Olympic Games. in Sydney, Australia, nor did she earn a medal. In fact, she finished eighth in the Women’s 1500 meter final. What she did set, however, was precedence as the first legally blind runner to compete in the Olympics and what ... Read more