[nagdu] Better Late than Never - Introduction

Margo and Arrow margo.downey at verizon.net
Tue Jul 16 15:39:35 UTC 2013

Terry, welcome to our group.  Jump in any time.  

Margo and Arrow

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Capt. Terry M.
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:54 AM
To: nagdu at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nagdu] Better Late than Never - Introduction

Greetings Fellow NAGDU List Members,


Let me begin with an apology. For a variety of reasons,  including a
catastrophic computer crash shortly after I subscribed to the list, my
introductory post to this list is egregiously tardy. On to the introduction.


As you have no doubt gathered from my message header, my name is Terry
Christensen. The title "Captain" is a sentimental holdover from my sighted
career as a professional mariner.


I travel with Zane, a 65 pound, male, yellow lab. Zane, who will turn three
in December of this year, is my third guide. He follows two other yellow
labs; Shippey whom I worked with for five years before travel anxiety ended
his career, and Dutton with whom I traveled for eleven years. All my guides
have come from Guide Dogs for the Blind.


At the moment, and among other things, I serve on the Alumni Association
Board of Directors of Guide Dogs for the Blind (see GDB website at this
e=about_people_alumboard> ). In that capacity, and among other
responsibilities, I feel a strong obligation to offer GDB leadership candid
and unvarnished feedback from the greater alumni community. 


Here, I want to take the time to express myself very clearly and
simultaneously reassure any who might be concerned about my purpose. My
intent is provide GDB leadership with a SENSE of how various communications
and policy decisions are being received by the greater alumni community and
other GDB stakeholders (note that the word sense is spelled with all capital
letters for intentional emPHAsis). 


So, to be clear, I have NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER of forwarding or otherwise
disseminating any post from this list UNLESS, the person originating that
post has provided me with a written authorization to do so.


Along those same lines, it is one think to report public sentiment, it is
quite another to attempt to shape it. The moment I begin to advocate for or
against a particular policy, I corrupt the feedback. Therefore, you should
not expect me to opine on the issues that concern GDB. 


I am very pleased at the opportunity to make your acquaintance and establish
new connections within the guide dog community.


With every good wish and (from Zane) wags aplenty,




Terry M. Christensen, Ph.D.

Zane Christensen, G.D.

3224 Farragut Court

Bensalem, PA 19020-1822


phys.hist at gmail.com


267-568-2195 (office)

503-522-9297 (cell)


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