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Listen to the time in 1936 that Helen Keller went on Rudy Vallee's radio show, The Fleischmann's Yeast Program, where Keller verbally answered Vallee's questions.
Publish Date: Feb 05, 2021
Listen to Helen Keller on Rudy Vallee's radio show, The Fleischmann's Yeast Program, where, in this snippet, Keller verbally answers Vallee's questions. Anne Sullivan was supposed to join her, but on this February evening of 1936, she happened to be sick. Keller's secretary, Holly Thompson, aided the activist in signing the questions for her.
way present now one who is, in many respects, the most remarkable woman of our time. Miss Helen Keller, deprived of sight speech on hearing since early babyhood, her life has been a Siris of dramatic triumph over seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She has learned to talk a super human achievement for a person who can neither see nor hear. She has graduated from the regular course of Radcliffe college cum laude. She has raised more than a million dollars to finance the American Foundation for the Blind, bringing joy and happiness to countless thousands. Miss Keller's lifelong companion and teacher on Sullivan Macy had planned to be here also tonight, but illness keeps her at home. We send her our best wishes for a speedy recovery in her place. Miss Keller Secretary Miss Polly Thompson will assist before I introduce Miss Keller herself. Miss Thompson will tell us something about Helen's early years. Miss Thompson. How could Mrs Macey begin to communicate with Helen as a child? That's beginning. Mr. Valley was one of the most remarkable things in the history of education. You have seen death and dump people talk to each other with their fingers, Yes, but Helen was blind. She couldn't see the manual alphabet and of course, she couldn't hear it. That's true. So Teacher started to feel the alphabet. She plays Helen's Dawn in one of her hands. Then she made the signs off the letters D o L l over and over again. With her fingers resting on the inside of Helen's other hands, Helen learned what those signs meant. She soon learned that when she made those same sides and teachers hand, she got her dolls. And she learned other words the same way, particularly things she likes to eat. But even so, Helen didn't realize yet that everything has a name. That was the next step. Yes, Helen had already learned that when she formed the signs for W. A. T E R. She got a cup of water to drink, but she didn't know which was cut and which was water until one day out in the yard, teacher held her hand under the water from the pump and spelled W. A T E. R. Into the other hand, then suddenly dawned on Helen that everything has a need, and she insisted on learning the name of everything she touched all the way back to the house. And then from then on, Teacher says, Helen's education was very much the same as any child. Only she learned through her hand instead of through her eyes and ears. And when did she learn to talk? She declared her intention to learn to talk when she was a lesson on Lee three years after her education had begun, Teacher explained how impossible this watch. But Helen went right ahead and learned. Though it took many years, Miss Keller has a particular purpose in talking to the radio audience tonight. I believe yes, the Better Vision Institute, a foundation in which is very much interested, is cooperating with eyesight specialist for a national effort along educational lines. Miss Scanner is anxious that everyone should know about save your vision week on the work of the institute. And we are very happy, Miss Thompson to be of any assistance. Now, ladies and gentlemen, we asked the courtesy of your very close attention as we present a very great lady. Miss Helen Keller. Miss Keller, I shall ask you a few questions, and Miss Thompson will transmit them to you. Tell me, Miss Keller, I know you will realize the question isn't as impertinent as it may sound. Are you happy? Yes, I'm happy. Next comes from reading. Heard however, started fund for you. Very fun. Hot it is. If you could have one wish granted. What would it be? E for light E on e mind? Probably more people are listening to your voice now, Miss Keller than ever before. Is there anything you wish to say to them? Yes. I hope that every one will help this burden institute. You need a fight book on the service? Very seriously. We have learned you will never see the light of everyday. We good Put them always. There is no lovely way. Toa thank God for never say it. Then Baggy. Everything. A helping hand for some? No one in the back. Keller, we think you are one of the finest, grandest women in the world. We thank you for appearing on our broadcast and you missed a really good name.