A New York City telephone company employee had provided blind ten pin bowlers with the means to "see" their score as they play.
SV Blind women bowling.
SCU Ball hits pins
SV Blind woman checks score by use of electronic device (2 shots).
SCU Woman receives instruction from instructor.
SV Large blind man bowling.
SCU Ball strikes pins.
SV Other blind people waiting their turn.
SV Blind woman bowling.
SV Woman walks to electronic machine and checks score (2 shots).
CU Official praising inventor of scheme.
SV Woman bowls (2 shots).
SV Officials speaks to reporter.
SV Blind man bowls
SCU Pins fall.
(Bowling instructor says): When you're bowling keep your thumb pointed towards the pin and bring your arm back. Don't bring it out to your sides because then you bring your arm across your body. Bring it straight back and throw your thumb at the pins, okay?
Was the last bowl all right?
Yes, you didmuch better this time.
(COMMENTATOR): This isn't the normal Saturday afternoon bowling clinic - these bowlers can't see the pins, and most of them can't even see the ball. This Alley is at the New York Institute for the Blind and its only the second of its in the country. Lots of visually-handicapped people bowl, but until recently they've always had the dual problem of getting oriented in the right direction and not knowing how many pins the ball has knocked down. The Institute has solved the first problem by installing a special guide rail. The solution to the second problem came from Charles Wood a telephone company employee who designed and built a special machine which lets the handicapped bowler see, or feel, how he's doing.
"It took him close to seven hundred hours, but you actually see that here's man who really cares about other people and really dedicates himself to helping other people, especially handicapped, and it was a wonderful thing and, or, its really his tribute that we're here and that young children nowadays are enjoying themselves. I understand that the director of the institute here said that the alleys wouldn't have been placed here if it wasn't for the indicator. That's how much impotence there is on the indicator itself for making these youngsters realise that they themselves have to be self sufficient."
(COMMENTATOR): Inventor Wood says he will publish an assembly kit so that other public service groups across the country can install the device. This one, a refinement of the original model, has been here since early spring and Lyn de Deecy says the bowlers think its great.
"They get better and better as they go along. Its wonderful to see how they improve. I remember the first day I was down here they rarely got that ball down to the middle of the aisle, but now they're really getting it down there with a lot of spunk and enthusiasm. Its great, gives a good feeling inside, really."
Roy Davis in New York.
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Background: A New York City telephone company employee had provided blind ten pin bowlers with the means to "see" their score as they play.
Charles Wood developed an electronic device that records the pins knocked down by a bowler's ball. The machine has already been installed on an alley at the New York Institute for the Blind. Its success there has created interest among other public service groups across the United States.
Apart from helping the blind bowlers note their score as they play, the new device is reported to improve the standard of play of bowlers who use it.