I was born in Washington, D. C., on 31 October, 1948, and
began my formal education in a special program the D. C.
Public Schools had in those days for handicapped children (I
am legally blind). After my second-grade year where, as is
said, I "got away with murder," I was transferred to the
Maryland School for the Blind on the Northern edge of
Baltimore. That was _INDEED_ the right move to make, and,
after having to repeat the Third Grade because of that
unproductive Second-Grade year, I went on to eventually
complete high school there, taking some classes in a
Baltimore-County Public High School during my last two years
in order that I might obtain an accredited diploma,
college/university then being in view for me. I never went
due to some personal issues, but, within a few years after
graduation, was working at an agency for the blind here in
Washington in various capacities, which work continued until
late 1990. I needed to be out of this area after that for a
personal reason, and did not return until July of 2002 when
I would regard myself as retired, though earlier than many.
I visited England 9 times between 1977 and 1990,
_MOST_-important events in my life! Two special interests of
mine are in so-called Classical Music and in various types
of ceremony, particularly military. I am old-fashioned,
particularly in my use of the language and in my personal
attitude about forms of address. The two soaps to which I
listen, and concerning which I hope to occasionally write,
are Y&R & B&B.
NOTE: J.V. no longer works for our site, but
we're grateful for his past help.