Leonard Nimoy

Many tributes have been given to Leonard Nimoy following his death on February 27, but I wanted to share a short anecdote revealing his skill. Years ago he played Malvolio in Twelth Night at the old Pittsburgh Public Theater. At the moment he received the forged note and thought it was from his love, Olivia, he stepped offstage and sat in the empty seat beside me. With spotlights on the two of us, he leaned over to show me the note. Back and forth he moved pretending to get my help in deciphering it. I was so tempted to explain that I’d need a Braille version in order to assist, but, for once, restrained myself. I wworried the comment would make him break character. But professional that he was, he certainly recognized that his companion was even more clueless than Malvolio at translating the message and stayed completely in character.

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About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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