Saturday, December 31, 2011
Happy New Year 2012, the inspiring story of Helen Keller, the most famous handicapped person in the world
Good Bye 2011 and welcome 2012. Happy New Year to everybody.
I wish Happy New Year to all visitors and readers of my humble blog. From zero pageviews in December 2008 when i first started blogging, now my Blog known as Malaysian Hollywood 2.0 and formerly known as Easy Comes Easy Goes 2.0 has attracted some 745,000 pageviews as of 31s December 2011. Thank You Very Much for The SUPPORT!!!
While ushering into the new Year 2012, let us be inspired by the incredible story of Helen Keller, the most famous handicapped person in the world.
Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, America on 27 June 1880, she was deaf and blind but rose on to become the most well known disabled activist, author and lecturer the world has ever seen.
She died on 1st June 1968 due to natural causes but her legacy lives on.
On September 14, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the United States' two highest civilian honors.
In 1965 she was elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame at the New York World's Fair.
In 1999, Keller was listed in Gallup's Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.
In 2003, Alabama honored its native daughter on its state quarter.
The Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama is dedicated to her.
There are streets named after Helen Keller in Getafe, Spain, in Lod, Israel and in Lisbon, Portugal.
Helen Keller was, for a time, the most famous handicapped person in the world. A severe fever at age 19 months left Keller blind and deaf and barely able to communicate.
At age six Keller met Anne Sullivan (later Anne Sullivan Macy), the tutor who taught Keller the alphabet and thereby opened up the world to her. Keller became an excellent student and eventually attended Radcliffe College, where she graduated with honors in 1904.
While at Radcliffe she wrote an autobiography, The Story of My Life (1902), which made her famous. (Her many later books included The World I Live In (1908), Out of the Dark (1913), and 1938's Helen Keller's Journal.)
In later life Keller became an activist and lecturer, sometimes in support of the blind and deaf, and sometimes for causes including Socialism and women's rights. She also founded and promoted the American Foundation for the Blind. During her lifetime Keller was regarded as one of America's most inspirational figures.
Keller's story was told in a 1957 television play, The Miracle Worker, which later became a Broadway play (1959) and then a 1962 film starring Anne Bancroft as Sullivan and Patty Duke as Keller; both Bancroft and Duke won Academy Awards for their work.
Keller's image appears on the quarter-dollar coin honoring Alabama, first released in 2003. According to the U.S. Mint, the coin is the first U.S. coin to feature braille.
Happy New Year 2012 Every One.