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Listener Spotlight: David Murrell

By: Joel Scott

David Murrell is the subject in this Listener Spotlight.  David is 76 years old and lives in Louisville.  He is originally from Erlanger, but spent a good deal of time in Covington and Hazard as well.  It was in the latter town, while living with his grandmother, that he lost his vision to glaucoma at the age of 4 in 1941. David has been listening to Radio Eye for about three years and uses it exclusively to listen to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
David has been a lawyer for 50 years. He earned his law degree at the University of Kentucky College of Law.  These days David practices mainly criminal defense law, but he started out in the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General.  He helped write the state’s consumer protection law, “but it’s hardly ever used because most lawyer’s don’t know about it,” he says. He was also a deputy public defender for Kentucky for nine years.
David is not the only member of his family who practices law.  His wife has been a lawyer for 32 years, and has a son who is a partner at the law firm of Middleton-Reutlinger in Louisville.
Outside of the legal profession, he has a daughter who teaches at Galen College of Nursing in Louisville.  He has another daughter who just got back from teaching English in Lima, Peru, and now teaches at the    Christian Academy of Indiana in New Albany.
Outside of work, David says his “biggest avocation,” is baseball.  “I love baseball.” He belongs to a fantasy baseball league for lawyers in  Louisville.

Listener Spotlight: John Glisson

By: Joel Scott
Radio Eye listener John Glisson is the subject of this Listener Spotlight.  John lives in Lexington, but is originally from Fulton County in Western Kentucky and grew up in nearby Graves County.  He has been blind since an accident he suffered while serving in the Army during the Vietnam Era.  He was a member of the Army Security Agency, the branch of the Army responsible for intercepting and decoding enemy messages from 1945 to 1976.
A little while after being discharged from the Army, John went to college to study psychology and sociology.  He went on from there to earn a master’s degree in Human Services and Counseling from Murray State University.  That led to involvement with accessibility issues and assistive technology. “My passion was to increase accessibility for people who were blind or visually impaired, “ John said, especially children in rural areas.
 He became involved with KATS (Kentucky Assistive Technology Service). John’s work with KATS eventually brought him to Frankfort to advocate for accessibility legislation.  There he met an accessibility advocate from Lexington named Pamela Roark, whom he wed in 2001.
Pamela Roark Glisson is now the director of Independence Place in Lexington, an organization that connects people with community services to help them live more    independently. Independence Place was established in 1992 by the Governor’s Council on Statewide Independent Living, on which John served.  Today,  John is an independent living services consultant at the organization.  He also manages NFB Newsline, a touchtone telephone audio information service provided by Independence Place that enables people with print disabilities to access over 300 state, national, and international newspapers (as well as  Radio Eye) and over 40 magazines.  It also provides zip code  specific TV listings.  The around-the-clock service is accessible from anywhere in the nation by toll free or local telephone numbers.
In his free time, John likes to be outdoors as much as possible, including fishing and walking his guide dog.

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