Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Nice Story

I heard a cool story on the Colbert Report. You can watch it yourself if you go to comedycentral.com and look for the Colbert Report with Alan Rabinowitz. They have all their stuff available to watch online. Unfortunately, I can't link to it because they route things regionally, so you would have to go and find it yourself.

Anyway this story is of Alan Rabinowitz who is a hotshot zoologist who has a new book out about saving tigers and other big cats from extinction.

Apparently, when he was a kid, he had a very severe stutter, so bad that he could not communicate. He had a rough time at school in the special ed class. But although he could not speak to people at school, he could speak to his pet animals at home in his room. So animals were his confidants. And it occurred to him, as a kid, that, like him, animals had thoughts and feelings, but could not speak. So he promised his animals that, if he could learn to control his stutter and speak, he would be their voice. He has obviously succeeded. In his fifties now, you could just detect the stutter at times. You could also detect that he was running additional meta-processing to be able to produce fluent speech.

It's a simple story of a guy with a language disorder who found in his own condition a way to look beyond himself and to challenge himself and who, without being cured of his disorder, went on to do amazing things that he really enjoyed.

I liked it.


Marla said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I love stories like this. I especially love The Colbert Report. I can't believe I missed that one.

Mike said...

That's a great story. I love hearing stories that show how people with language difficulties actually have real complex thoughts. I'm still anxiously awaiting our son being better able to explain some of the things we watch he think about that he can't quite express. Everyday we learn a little bit more about him as something else clicks.