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Letter from Daniel Meador to Ronald Sokol, Monday, February 13, 1978

United States Department of Justice
Office for Improvements in the
Administration of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530

February 13, 1978

Mr. Ronald P. Sokol
Avocat Américain
Conseil Juridique
13540 Puyricard
Aix-en-Provence FRANCE

Dear Ron:

Your Supreme Court papers arrived just as I was leaving for
Boston, but I did have time to sign them and get them to the
Court. If any hitch develops, please let me know and I will
check on them for you.

To bring you up to date on my case, I regret to state that
thus far I have regained no useful eyesight. In fact, I have
not had any sight since May 6 of last year. The last time I
recall talking to you I was in the hospital. I was finally
discharged on July 5th, with the hope and expectation that
vision would gradually be regained in the right eye following
the fourth operation. There has been some measure of medical
progress in the right eye, but unfortunately no sight. I was
examined in Boston again on February 1. The judgement there
is that there is another operation to be performed, but it
would be better to wait about three more months to give the
eye still more time to regain a stronger position through
natural processes. Thus, I’m carrying on in the shape I have
been in for at least another three months. Then I will go
back to Boston, and we shall see what develops at that time.
The most encouraging thing is that the case is not yet closed.
Hope still exists, though it has diminished.

In the meanwhile, I have been going about my work here more
or less as usual, but with some peculiar features. I have a
lot of help from the staff. Of course, I must receive everything
orally, either on tapes or through live readings. This
cuts down on the amount of material I can cover and assimilate,
but so far I have been able to keep up reasonably with essential
matters. The most awesome and peculiar experiences have been
involved in testifying before Congressional committees and in

Mr. Ronald P. Sokol
February 13, 1978
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making speeches. It is a novel experience to be talking before
an audience which one cannot see. Also, the absence of any notes
is unusual. These circumstances force the memory into service
as never before. Interestingly, I find myself more and more at
ease with this process. The press has become interested in my
case, and there have been several articles. I’m enclosing one
from the L. A. Times. [underline]

I have been convinced since last summer that I eventually will
have to write up all of these experiences. In fact, during
Christmas I began dictating a very rough draft of a manuscript
that may eventually turn into a book. The sightless world is,
indeed, another world, and I do not believe that it has been
adequately treated in literature. However, in my projected manuscript,
I am dealing with far more than just this problem.

It was grand of you to call last summer, and I hope that if
you get to this Country this coming summer, you will make a point
to stop by in Washington. You are welcome at any time to spend
the night with us. We also appreciate greatly your invitation
for a stay in France. There is nothing I would enjoy more doing.
I’m still hoping that the day will come when we can do this and
that I will be able to see the place when we get there.

Keep me posted on your activities.

With very best wishes,


Dan [signature]

Daniel J. Meador
Assistant Attorney General

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