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Minds Eye Founder Honored after 40 Years of Service to the Blind
“I don’t know anything about radio except how to turn one on and change the batteries and I sure don’t know anything about blind people except they can’t see. But if you think I can help, I’ll do it.” - Fr. Boniface Wittenbrink, OMI, 1971
It was because of that spirit that Fr. Boni, the founder of Minds Eye Information Service, was recently honored for his commitment to the field of radio reading.
Fr. Boni was given the International Association of Audio Information Services’ C. Stanley Potter Emeritus Award for a lifetime of service to ensuring that people who are unable to read print had access to all of the information that they needed.
The award was given to Fr. Boni, not because he
was the driving force in bringing the third existing
He served on the Radio Educational Committee
of the American Council of the Blind and the
At his heart, Fr. Boni was a fundraiser and tireless lobbyist. In the early 1980’s, he travelled to Springfield, IL to meet the governor to request funding. In setting up a grant from the state, he also established Illinois Radio Information Services, an association to encourage further development of reading services and their staff in Illinois. The grant and the association continue to this day.
Several members of Fr. Boni’s family were in
attendance as well as many members of the Minds
Fr. Boni is now 97 years old and has recently joined the ranks of the Minds Eye listeners himself.
Minds Eye Brings Home Program of the Year Honors
Fr. Boni was not the only person from Minds Eye honored at the recent IAAIS Awards Ceremony. Minds Eye also received the award for Program of the Year in the area of Thematic Production.
The Program of the Year Award honored Minds
Eye’s daily segment called “What’s Happening.”
Entries submitted for consideration for Program
of the Year are judged by not only the reader’s
mindsEye...bringing printed words to life
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