Education: Their Best

"I'm delighted," the President said warmly to the four top college students who marched into his White House office last week. Ike was pleased not just with their extraordinary academic records. Each of the students is bright, talented, spirited—and blind. Ike handed them $500 checks signed by Manhattan's Recording for the Blind Inc., which supplies the blind scholars (and 750 others in some 300 colleges) with free textbooks on 16½-r.p.m. records, made by 1,200 volunteers in every walk of life. The four prizewinners:

¶ James R. Slagle, 25, of Brooklyn, has been blind since his freshman year in high school. A graduate...

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