HANDS-ON MEETING Helen Keller died a half century ago this year, and the LION remembers her with this archival photo of her and President Dwight Eisenhower at the White House in 1953. The brave general was brought to tears when Keller asked if she could “see him” and touched his face. Keller said, “I felt the courage and thought that carried him through such great years of the world’s history.” Keller’s triumph over her disabilities continues to resonate with people, especially children, says Sue Pilkilton, director of Ivy Green in Alabama, Keller’s birthplace. “They relate to the challenges she faced,” says Pilkilton. “And the temper tantrums [that Keller had as a child]—that’s something they also relate to.” Ivy Green has a new wonderful statue of Keller. Watch a short video of Keller meeting Eisenhower, preceded by video of Keller meeting wounded veterans at a military hospital. Other Keller videos: Rare 1930s footage of Keller and Annie Sullivan Keller speaking about her greatest disappointment Little-seen images of Keller with Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Frank Sinatra 1950s documentary on Keller’s daily routines DINO-MITE! The latest in virtual reality was part of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest with more than 7,100 exhibitors from 100 countries. German Lions took part in the annual fair this past October. Coinciding with Lions’ World Sight Day 2017, a LIONS Blindness Experience exhibit simulated what it’s like to be blind.
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