TEXAS: I Wish I Could Tell You

A big, blue and white banner reading "Welcome Jim Sewell" was stretched across the front of R. S. High's insurance office in Blooming Grove, Texas (pop. 821). Jim Sewell couldn't read the words, but he could sense what was going on.

Jim grew up in around Blooming Grove, was on the U.S.S. Hornet in Manila Bay in 1944 when an unreleased bomb on an incoming plane exploded. A fragment struck him in the head, injured the optic nerve, left him almost totally blind.

After training in schools for the blind, Jim enrolled at the University of Texas, got fellow students to...

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