Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 7
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August 24, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 7

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7A August 24,1975 SuWtr Curtto-MuJ · ~ OtarttSfcn *tt ¥*«·» Joe Hall, 9, Has Been Given I. Q. of 200 by Educators Joe Hall, 9, Fishes Near His Plum tree, N.C., Home Educators Have Assigned Him a Token I.Q. of 200 -APWirephoto By Sylvia Rector PLUMTREE, N.C. (AP)-Joe Hall has many things other 9-year-old boys would envy: a tree house, a club house, a river filled with fish, a forest, a "Mine," a dog. kittens, rabbits, three little brothers, a girl friend and parents who love him. He might be any lucky little boy. But he's not--not especially lucky, and certainly not any little boy. » · * JOE HALL is a child so brilliant, so exceptional, that educators have simply assigned him a token I.Q. of 200. joe nan is a cnild who, at 4 ¥2, discussed the implications of childhood leukemia with his doctor and knew the medical basis for his experimental treatments: and who, for the present, has battled the disease to a standstill. When Joe became ill. his mother took their out-dated encyclopaedias and cut out sections which said" the disease was incurable so he couldn't read them. "He fought so hard. I think this determination is part of the reason he's alive today," said July Hall. There's still no guarantee the disease will not return. Joe looks as happy and healthy as any child. His glasses do not hide the teasing glint in his blue eyes. With hair cropped close for summer coolness, knit shirts and scruffy shoes, he looks much like other boys in his mountain community. But there seem to be two Joe Halls: Joe the boy and Joe the boy-genius. Joe the boy crumbles crackers in his mother's homemade vegetable soup, fishes in the river 100 yards from his front door, and argues with his brothers. He can show visitors where wild strawberries grow and can fly paper airplanes which are "properly aerodynamical!)' designed." Joe the boy-genius expounds on theories about the origins of Unidentified Flying Objects, of specific sectors and pulsars. He believes UFOs are piloted by robots. "I believe their spacecraft are propelled by electromagnetic waves. We would expect them to have robots by the way their spacecraft are designed," he explains patiently, at first. When it becomes evident that his interviewer doesn't understand the fine points of lasers and electromagnetic fields, he gives up. For the time being, Joe the boy-genius goes back to being Joe the boy. The child genius must deal with a world of people who cannot converse with him on his favorite topics. He must attend public school which teaches him little. He must deal with adults and other children who don't always understand him and sometimes, he implies, don't accept him. But some outsiders, geniuses in their own right, have taken an interest in him. ROCKET EXPERT Wernher von Braun and he have corresponded. After von Braun sent Joe a copy of his book on rocketry. Joe wrote the scientist to point out an error. Von Braun acknowledged it had been missed by proofreaders. "That rocket would never gotten off the ground like that." Joe grumbled. In addition to his scientific expertise, Joe has perfect musical pitch and studies periodically under Lili Kraus. His original compositions are much like Joe the boy: expressive, quick to change mood and tempo, almost mischievous. His favorite is "Tommy's Feed-Along," written when his youngest brother was a baby, "to make him eat faster." When I wrote it, 1 put burps in it. but Daddy made me stop that." he said. "See if you know what this one is," he teased. One indeed might not recognize "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" after Joe finished with it. "Mozart did many variations on it. too. But he didn't know anything about Dixieland," Joe said. The Hall family lives comfortably, but there are few luxuries. The breadwinner. James Hall, is the Avery County High School band director. His wife. Judy, cooks and cares for their four sons. Joe's medical expenses have been astronomical. The Halls cannot afford all the books Joe would like to have, although people they've never met have mailed him resource books and scientific magazines. The special schools which James Hall wants for his son will be expensive, too. But money is not the only reason Joe is still at home. His parents know that, like other boys. Joe needs discipline, love, contact with other children. Cindy, for one. his current "girl friend." She is 13 and plays inlhe woodwind section of the school band. "You can't send a child that young away from home, especially one with Joe's medical problems," says Hall. SO, OTHER than a short-term weekend program for gifted children at Appalachian Slate University in nearby Boone N.C.. Joe has been in public school with children still struggling with the metric system and sentence composition. 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