Make-a-List Monday: Blindness

A list of people who are blind or nearly so. I decided to exclude those who are blind in only one eye, since those people function almost normally, but did include people who are only legally blind without corrective lenses.

James Daniel Butler
Donald Richard Delaney
Landon Lee Deriggi
Judith A. Geurin
Gilbert Mark Gilman
Melody Ann Jones
Patricia Louise Kelley
Joe David Key
Norvel Ronert Nelson III
Jeffrey Daniel Osborne
Carlo Pfaff
Tony Jhon Pineda
Casey Alexander Ragan
Raymond Scott Rupp

5 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: Blindness

  1. Tracey Reitterer December 2, 2013 / 1:49 am

    Hi Meaghan, would you happen to know a ballpark figure out of the amount of cases you have listed on Charley, (overall, as well as in MD) how many of those teens & adults went missing in vehicles? We are bantering around this idea of asking local MD officials to start doing sonar sweeps of waterways at least once or twice a year. In order to propose this idea, along with mentioning some stellar recovery cases just this past year alone, we’d need to throw some statistics at them that could possibly include many of the missing who could have ended up in watery graves due to accidents, suicides, murders, etc. Thanks!
    Tarcey from Baltimore

  2. Elin December 2, 2013 / 2:51 am

    The link to Jason Timothy Swenddal doesn’t work for me.

    • Meaghan December 2, 2013 / 3:06 am

      Oh, duh. He got found. I made this list weeks ago and forgot to remove his link.

  3. Diane December 3, 2013 / 12:41 am

    Wow, this is the first list you’ve made that would’ve included me had I gone missing before 2004. 2004 was the year I got LASIK surgery on both my eyes, but before that I had lived for decades with severe astigmatism on both eyes, with vision measurable at 20/400 without corrective lenses (which for me were always glasses — had been since I was four years old — because my eyes just could not stand contact lenses). I understood at the time that, had my corneas been just a little thinner, I wouldn’t have qualified for the new (at the time) Intralase procedure they were going to do on me and might’ve, thus, been considered legally blind (and therefore “disabled”). Now my vision is 20/25 (or 20/20 on good days) on both eyes and I’ve gotten used to waking up from sleep and having good vision, and the two indentations on my temples from decades of wearing glasses have disappeared. But it’s kinda interesting knowing that some of these people were how I used to be, and with my memories of how my uncorrected vision used to be (e.g. if I’d been sitting ten feet or more away from someone, I couldn’t see the details of their face but rather blurry blotches that vaguely comprised an idea of what a “face” might be), I can see how they might make for easier targets for harm if they too were without corrective lenses. Which is rather eerie to think about.

    • Meaghan December 3, 2013 / 1:04 am

      I’m not even close to legally blind, but my vision is substantially impaired without my glasses — bad enough that I wouldn’t be able to read my computer screen without them, for example.

      I remember once in college, on a warm night, I left my dorm without my glasses on for some reason. I was having a little fun trying to guess who people are, because I couldn’t recognize most people until I got close, unless they said something. Then suddenly it struck me: Georgeann Hawkins. Georgeann was one of Ted Bundy’s victims and she’s on Charley. She left her own college dorm without her glasses on that night, and Ted was prowling around and heard people talking to her and learned her name that way, and called out to her softly, and she came up close to him trying to figure out who it was who was talking to her…and he grabbed her.

      The thought scared the bejesus of me and I couldn’t move for a minute or so. Then I ran back up to my room and got my glasses.

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