Ed Lucas Visits Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

During Nov. 5 lecture, blind journalist urges students to "reach for the stars."

SeeingHomeCoverIt remains to be seen whether Hollywood gets around to telling the life story of blind journalist Ed Lucas. Earlier this year, son Christopher, who co-wrote with dad the 2015 autobiography Seeing Home, told the Los Angeles Daily News that a biopic has been in development for about eight years.

The 76-year-old Lucas, who writes a lively weekly column for The Jersey Journal, was at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Thursday to speak to students. Per a summary by St. Augustine Record sports editor Brent Woronoff, the lecture and Q&A session was peppered with memorable moments:

“The public thinks of blindness as a handicap,” Lucas told the students. “But it’s not a handicap. It’s just an inconvenience.”

One of the students’ final questions Thursday was: “If you could change what happened [on that baseball blacktop so many years ago at age 12, causing blindness], would you?”

“That’s a very interesting question,” he said. “I have two boys, and three grandkids. If I could see them and my wife for five minutes, I would like to see them.”

By the way, if you missed the recent Lucas column about Yogi Berra, he led off with this hilarious anecdote:

The Pope’s visit to the United States had me thinking about one of my favorite papal anecdotes, which involves a dear friend who just passed away.

Yogi Berra paid a visit to Rome in the early 1960s. As a devout Catholic and daily communicant who never missed Sunday Mass just outside the Yankee clubhouse, Yogi was thrilled to receive an invitation to tour the Vatican, which included an audience with Pope John XXIII.

When the time came to meet the Holy Father, an aide introduced Yogi as “Lawrence Berra, American baseball player.”

Yogi stuck out his hand and innocently exclaimed “Hiya, pope!” Everyone gasped. The pontiff grinned and embraced Yogi, whose charm put everyone, from world leaders to the common man, at ease.

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