A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 7, 1955

Dear Time Reader:

You may recall a story in TIME'S Education section called "The Spinning Eyes" (TIME, Oct. 18), the story of Alan Maxwell Palmer, onetime advertising man, who lost a hand in World War II, went to Mexico City to live, and then found that he had permanently lost his sight after undergoing a series of brain tumor operations. During his lonely hours of boredom, Palmer conceived a project that he thought would help other blind people, particularly those among the uncounted thousands of illiterates all over Mexico.

Palmer's project was to provide...

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