It took fifty years, but it happened. When I was eight years old I was inspired by a film entitled "A Desk for Billie." It's about a hobo girl living between two worlds as a "marginal" person. I hung up the telephone a moment ago after Dr. Davis and I had chatted a bit. She is eighty-five years old and confirmed my recollections about the movie. One of the points she confirmed: she and her family lived in a shack in Bakersfield, California. When returning from the school prom, Billie had her date drop her off in a nice neighborhood (ostensibly by her home), and she walked the distance to her "real" home. She calls Springfield, Missouri, home today (near my pioneering assignment of 40 years ago).
We exchanged addresses and plan to be in touch. Proceeds from her DVD, "A Desk for Billie," go toward student scholarships. As an indigent child myself, I would not have made it through my first (and only) year in college without scholarships and federal grants.
Dr. Davis graciously extended me permission to share our conversations with the world at large ...
What a privilege!