[Nfbmo] ohio school for the blind band

James Moynihan jamesmoynihan at kc.rr.com
Thu Nov 13 02:37:07 UTC 2008

Thank you very much.  I love to write and talk.


Jana Moynihan

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gail Bryant" <gbryant at socket.net>
To: "NFB of Missouri Mailing List" <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>; "NFB of Missouri 
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Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Nfbmo] ohio school for the blind band

> Jana,
> Gary's right. You do have a way of bringing back fond memories. In fact, 
> you know how to write so that these things are brought back to life. At 
> 07:28 AM 11/10/2008, Gary Wunder wrote:
>>I remember that very fondly as well.
>>----- Original Message ----- From: "James Moynihan" 
>><jamesmoynihan at kc.rr.com>
>>To: "NFB of Missouri Mailing List" <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
>>Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 8:49 PM
>>Subject: [Nfbmo] ohio school for the blind band
>>>For those of you who haven't been members of NFBMO long enough to 
>>>remember, the affiliate used to march and have a float in the American 
>>>royal Parade in Kansas city each fall.  We didn't have a band, but those 
>>>of us young and able enough marched ahead of the float carrying banners. 
>>>John Dower used to march out in front carrying the American flag, and one 
>>>year we had a blind baton twirler.  Those not able to walk long distances 
>>>or who had young children rode the float.  We did this from about 1972 to 
>>>1996.  We designed and built the floats ourselves.  some of our sighted 
>>>members and blind members who knew how to use tools assembled the float 
>>>and pounded in the steaks to hold the skirt and bunting.  We girls did 
>>>detail work and stretched and stapled the skirt and bunting.  We worked 
>>>in the warehouse of the trucking company which furnished the flatbed 
>>>truck for the float and as people came from all over the state, they 
>>>joined the K.C. chapter in assembling the float.  Following the parade 
>>>the K.C. chapter provided a pot luck lunch and we had a State board 
>>>meeting.  It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.  members came from 
>>>all over Missouri and our Kansas friends from Johnson and Wyndotte 
>>>Counties came over to march with us.  There were usually several thousand 
>>>people along the parade route who always greeted us enthusiastically and 
>>>many thousand more watching on TV.  We also got newspaper coverage from 
>>>time to time. Sadly, some of our chapter members felt somewhat 
>>>embarrassed doing the float and felt that since there was no evidence 
>>>that it got jobs for anyone it was an expense of time and money not worth 
>>>the trouble.  The next year the Royal decided the floats in the parade 
>>>should all be professionally made.  We couldn't have aforded that, but I 
>>>have often thought we might have found a corporate sponsor.  Think what a 
>>>great Meet the blind Month activity we would have had to report.
>>>Cordially,  Jim and Jana Moynihan
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> Gail Bryant
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