NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 16, 1978
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(Studio) Percentage of Americans who are functionally illiterate noted. Report is on 1 person who learned as adult what wasn't learned as child.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Westfield, Pennsylvania) Don Short's action in convincing officials at Mansfield State College in Pennsylvania to teach him to read at age 42 detailed. [SHORT - reads to children. Wouldn't tell children he couldn't read, but that he couldn't see well, before learning. Wants to get education in order to start business of own.] Short's situation as disabled former coal miner described. His efforts characterized as unique, but his educational lack not. No. of Americans who are functional illiterates and increase in this number as society and language grow more complex reported Details about Short's education at Mansfield given. Short's hopes that nonreading friends will follow his example noted.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington
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