by Don Donaldson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/28/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 356
ISBN : 9781418438302

About the Book

Popular Paul Harvey exclaims; “Now you know the rest of the story!”  In 1934 an astute editor of the READERS DIGEST wanted the story’s beginning.  He asked Don Donaldson to write a personal essay about his recovery of eyesight after 14 years of blindness.  Don obliged.  His article, entitled “A Messenger in Two Worlds,” drew thousands of dollars in donations for the magazine’s Braille subscription fund.

Twenty-three year-old Donaldson, no longer blind, was studying at Harvard on scholarship and was able to follow a career which brought him in touch with the near and the famous, including Helen Keller.  Eventually he met and married a lady who taught the deaf.  At retirement, their combined dedicated careers exceed 75 years of teaching, mostly with deaf, blind and deaf-blind children.

Now at 92, Donaldson is still going strong.  He lives in Vancouver, Washington, and lap swims daily. Occasionally he attends class reunions and enjoys speaking before Lions Clubs and AARP groups.

His lively autobiography covers an unusual life rich in personal experience, a struggle to achieve despite adversity, many historic references reaching back in time, and seen through an eye that was once blind, fascinating world travel on cargo ships.  A thread of romance unravels from the first paragraph to a happy ending.

The University of Washington Press examined the manuscript.  Its Board praised the work for its inspirational aura and rated it worthy of a large readership.  Throughout the book, pathos and rollicking humor prevail and stir the emotions, bringing tears to the eyes and laughter to the heart.

The title WHATS IN A NAME is from Shakespeare.  Donaldson first pondered the thought when he was only six years old.  He sincerely believes that name can shape one’s destiny.  Do you agree?

Now you can know the rest – Here’s an inspirational autobiography you will want to read!

About the Author

Don Donaldson was blinded by accident and obtained his elementary and secondary education in a blind school.  His eyesight was restored by surgery when he was 21.  He received an M.A. from the University of Washington and did graduate work at Harvard.  Was a teacher and cottage master at Boston’s famous Perkins School for the Blind for five years, then taught in the high schools of Washington State as an English Department Head and counselor, followed by a principal’s position at the Washington State School for the Blind for the next 20 years.

He and his wife early in their careers became freighter buffs and traveled all over the world on cargo ships during many summers.

Donaldson has written a number of articles, the first of which was published in THE READERS DIGEST when he was 23.