Education: Sight & Insight

When Bonifacio Yturbide was three, a severe illness left him permanently blind. But Bonifacio, the son of Basque immigrant parents, had a good mind and a strong will. As he grew up, he found that insight could be at least a partial substitute for sight. "One thing that some blind persons ... do is to withdraw within themselves. I don't agree with this," he decided. Instead, he dug in hard at school work and activities; in his senior year at Reno (Nev.) high school he made a straight-A record and was elected president of his class.

In 1945, competing with 14,491 students...

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