Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 74
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June 30, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 74

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What's In a Name? Bv J.C. Donning Carl a gives Greg Casto an initial piano lesson. unified organization'with no stars.. The triumphant trip to Penn State University, however, was an opportunity for the entire band to take extra pleasure in Carla's ability. .Penn State's band director had read about WVU's blind band member, so he wrote Don Wilcox asking to meet. Car la at the Penn State- WVUgame. Carla recalled the occasion: "Right after the pre-game show, some of their girls came over and talked to us. They, invited us over to meet the band, so a friend and I went over, their band director put his arm around me and started out with 'You dear little thing' and went on like that for about 10 minutes (Carla is nearly 5'8"). When, we got ready to go back, he kept telling me to watch my step and be care- f u l , so my f r i e n d and I skipped and ran around the field. It really psyched him out, and after half-time, the Penn State fans .gave us a standing ovation. That's pretty unusual." To prepare psychologically for the band showdown with the Nittany Lions, all WVU band members drew pictures and painted slogans on sweatshirts they wore on the bus trip to Pennsylvania. Carla's sweatshirt theme came from the Broadway play "Butterflies Are Free," the story of an independent, blind young songwriter. She explained: "One of my friends drew a Nittany Lion on the back of my shirt. He was wearing dark glasses and had a cane in his mouth. Underneath it said Little Nittany Dark. We made little knots of yarn and across the f r o n t of my sweatshirt, we wrote in Braille 'What the hell's a Nittany?' Don Wilcox really went wild over it." Ever the musician, Carla formed a combo called "The Connection," and.the group played for several campus social functions including the prestigious ROTC-Aerospace Ball. The ensemble was comprised of four fellows and Carla who did the vocals and played electric piano. · · . During the school year, Carla undertook some new recreational pursuits (she already has senior advanced swimming status). She took up tennis -- calculating the ball's location by listening for the bounce -- and frisbee tossing; then, in the spring, water skiing on Cheat Lake. She continued to pursue an old hobby -- tandem bicycle riding. In her scholastic endeavors. Carla Pingley decided she would seek a double major. She already was enrolled as a social work major, but added journalism courses as a second field-of study. '''._·".'. Her first journalism course was, ironically, ;visual communications. "It was'a trip," she reflected. "It focused on typography and use of type faces. The teacher was great. He cut the.different types faces out of cardboard so I could feel them. Then I had to tell him the characteristics of each as a quiz." For her final project, Carla entered a previously unknown specialty area -- tactile advertising. She devised a "Visit Hawaii" ad which blind people could read by touching.. She did it because she believes more handicapped people would buy things if they could feel the product or somehow learn about it by touching. She explained: VI did the ad with sand which I dug up all over Morgan town. I made a palm tree out of toothpicks and made waves by putting foil over string. I cut the. words for the copy out of sandpaper so the letters stood up. and could be read by touching. The teacher really liked it and said he is going to see about marketing the idea.'' . Another of her special projects was a research paper on the development of Braille. Carla finished the year with a 3.3 out of a possible 4.0 average. She's hot resting on her laurels, though. This summer, she'and a roommate share an apartment in Nitro and Carla works at the Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Institute. She is starting a music program: giving private piano lessons and coaching a chorus. She's also helping out in the blind adjustment program. Who better to exemplify the goals of that project? "The music program," she said, "is to help kids get a taste of what music lessons are like so that those with a real interest and talent can receive encouragement. I started studying piano when I was 6-years- old. I used the same books everybody else does except mine were in Braille." A very special talent which Carla Pingley pos- sesses is the ability to speak deaf sign language. The conversation frequently was joined by a deaf friend who wished to interject his comments. Carla listened to him by placing her hands around his single hand while he spelled his message. She then replied in rapid sign language. Both of them smiled throughout; She learned deaf sign independently in her constant drive to tear down barriers. Blindness kept her from communicating with deaf friends, so she learned to speak their language. One barrier 'she couldn't break at WVU involved the streaking craze. She explained with a laugh: "Somebody suggested I streak with my cane. But when a group of guys was streaking one night I complained because I was missing it. I walked around with my fingers groping, asking 'Can I see?' Of course, they wouldn't let me." At 18, Carla Pingley recently became the youngest woman ever to be honored as West Virginia's "Daughter of the Year'' at a ceremony at George Washington University. And, while insisting she's not a crusader ("I'm no Helen Keller"), Carla is opening doors everywhere. She announced she will take archery and riflery classes in the fall. As to whafs left to conquer after that, she replied: "I'll think of something." Then out came the tandem bicycle and Unconquerable Carla and the clumsy reporter set forth. Carla steered, of course. Bankes In England, Walter del (of the) Banck was on the subsidy rolls of Yorkshire in 1297 and Nicholas and Magota del Ba"ncke and Adam del Bank were on the poll tax rolls there in 1379. M a t t h e w Baneke was living in Suffolk in 1327. Simon Baneke of Cumberland was at Oxford University in 1596 and William Bank of Devonshire was there in 1597. . All the above were place named from once having lived on the Old Danish or Middle English Banke "hill, ridge." John Bankes, who married Ann Killmister in St. George's Church, London, 1760, might have lived at or near the bankhouse -- a place where money was exchanged. In Scotland, David Banks lived at Wester Baldrigh in 1573. Jonet Banks lived in Linlithgow in 1684. These two lived at the hill or ridge. John Bankis, who was declared heir of his father, Al- exander Bankis of Kirkwall, probably was surnamed from a place called Banks. Burke's General Armory describes the various arms. Thomas and Francis Banks and George Bankes were living in Virginia in 1623-24. William Bankes held land in 1664 and Henry and Richard Banks shared a 150 acre grant in 1665. John and George Banks were in Connecticut in 1643-46. Richard Banks was in Maine in 1649 and Richard Banks was in Massachusetts in 1686. Six men of the name Bank(s) were officers in the American Revolutionary Army. EXPLORE 50 Scenic Miles of,. Cheat River from Parsons, W. Va. CANOE TRIPS 1-2-3 DAY DURATIONS Information or Reservations Wrifeorca/l Cheat River Canoe Lh/ery Pirsm.W.Vi 472-6902 Tke Strttt Sir Something Big! It doesn't take a whole lot to write an ad. If you have a pencil and a piece of paper you can jot down the essentials of anything you might have for sale. Then give us a call . and let us put it into . . words that will encourage other people to inquire about what you are advertising. This small start . . . your pencil and paper... will turn into something big for you! The calls you will receive should turn into profitable re. suits foryou! Decide today about the items you have around your 'house that could be turned into cash . .'. then dial the number listed below to place your ad! It's the start of something big! Gazette-Mai CLASSIFIED ADV. 348-4848 8 to 5 Mon.-Fri., 8 f» I Sol.; Ctaed Sunday State Magazine,'Jurie '30,' w74 CHARLESTON.W.VA5m

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