1. Today I sat in an auditorium with my fellow citizens and viewed a documentary on polio. I had seen A Paralyzing Fear several times while writing BLUE but experiencing it with the people of Hickory and the filmmaker, herself, added a whole new dimension. I am reminded constantly of just how personal (and universal) the polio story is!
2. Afterwards Nina Gilden Seavey talked to us about her decision to make the documentary and the process involved. Her story was absolutely riveting! We are talking about one bold and talented lady!
Nina Gilden Seavey, Me, and Melinda Herzog (Director Catwaba County Historical Association)
3. I loved meeting Nina, and getting her to sign my copy of her book, A Paralyzing Fear: The Triumph Over Polio In America.
4. I got my picture taken with Victoria Yount, a rising 5th grader at Concordia Christian Day School. She seems to like Blue a lot! And that makes me really happy!
5. The exhibit itself was just magnificent! I was so impressed with the display of historic photos, the polio information provided, and the amount of polio memorabilia that the Historical Association has collected. This machine was used to heat wool fabric which was then put through the wringer, and wrapped around polio affected muscles to prepare them for stretching and massage.
6. Oh and it was really fun to see this polio related item which I blogged about last August.
7. Sadly, due to a death in the family, Heather Deckelnick who worked so hard at pulling the exhibit together could not be there.