Skills without sight

Thanks for the piece on Dan Bowman (“Skill a sight to behold,” Oct. 16). Dan was a classmate of mine at Eastern Mennonite College. Even then he demonstrated his remarkable “s(l)ight of hand.” In Methods of Bible Study he always sat in a front-row desk, busily taking notes on Herman Reitz’s lectures. Busily, but not quietly. He took notes in Braille with a metal stencil and stylus. Its clickety-clackety sounds must have, at first, rattled the teacher, but likely not as much as Dan’s occasional “would you repeat that last sentence, please?” He was taking notes by punching holes in his paper and probably doing a better job than I was. It is no surprise to read of his accomplishments.

Robert L. Koch,
Woodland Park, Colo.

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