The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 27, 1986 · Page 14
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Sunday, April 27, 1986
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4-B THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday, April 27, 1906 Western novel helps dyslexic doctor DR. ROBERT Allen Hamblen, now a doctor at a San Angelo hospital, . overcame moderate dyslexia to achieve different goals. According to , Hamblen, "most people can overcome the problems of dyslexia with • the right motivation." (AP photo) Decline of inflation a dramatic development NEW YORK (AP) - Compared to a decade ago, it's a brand-new economic world, and the biggest change has been the decline of inflation. Consumer prices rose 9.1 percent in 1975, reached 13.5 percent in 1980, and then plummeted to 3.5 percent in 1985. This year, the rate might fall below 3 percent, a level unmatched since 1967. The trend, which is one of the few developments in economics that rales the term "dramatic," hasn't stopped with a decline in the rate of inflation. It has gone beyond: Deflation, so far in a small way. has set in. Deflation, of course, is when 'prices actually fall, and is con. trasted with disinflation, which refers to a decline in the rate of price increases. For two months in a row. prices have actually fallen. And the trend could continue. "It seems a safe bet to assume that if one had wagered in 1980 that inflation would be nonexistent by 1986, few takers would be found," observed economist Robert Christian. And yet, he continues, while inflation is not yet zero in Japan, Germany and the United States "it is not far above it and heading in that direction." The decline and fall of inflation is perhaps one of the most u n e*x pected economic developments of the past decade, which began with a deep feeling of cynicism and failure over the prospects of combating the price tornado. Most economic change arrives at a gJacial pace, and in 1975 it was only an optimist who foresaw price stability before the turn of the century or before a depression as deep and disruptive as the great one in the 1930s. SAN ANGELO (AP) — Try reading when p's, d's, b's, q's, m's and n's look the same — sentences resemble mirror images — and distorted sounds float into the ear. "I thought my name was Robert Dallen Hamblen," said Dr. Robert Allen Hamblen. Hamblen was moderately dyslexic. The word, itself a jumble of unmatched syllables, comes from the Greek word dys (bad) and lexis (speech), and means reading impairment. Some experts believe the problem stems from a lack of maturation of the left hemisphere of the brain, where language is processed, according to psychologist O. Paul Smith. "The child stays continually behind, "he said. When he was nine years old, Hamblen couldn't read. His classmates and teachers thought he was lazy or stupid. His parents spanked him if he earned a grade equivalent of C. "If you don't read in our society, you're a dummy, a social misfit. I bet a lot of social misfits are dyslexic," Hamblen said. But Hamblen earned degrees in geology, pediatrics and anesthesiology thanks to a determined nature and a Zane Grey novel. Back in the early 1940s when the term "learning disabled" was unheard, Hamblen struggled to understand the simplest written phrases, yet his math and science grades were good. "Most people can overcome the problems of dyslexia with enough motivation," Hamblen said. Hamblen was motivated, all right. Hamblen learned to read because he wanted to own and ride a horse. For three years Hamblen skipped lunch at school and saved his money to buy a horse, "Sometimes I came home from school dizzy, (from lack of food) and my mother would get angry with me," he said. If Hamblen's parents gave their children money to go to a movie and buy a soda afterwards, Hamblen would forego the fun and bank the money. "I would go to the school playground and swing or whatever until time to go home," he said. Hamblen also asked for money in lieu of Christmas or birthday presents. As the horse fund grew, the 9- year-old youngster realized his father would never allow him to ride if his grades didn't improve. ^Special... Mother's Day Is Sunday, May llth Show Mom How Much You Care With A Mother's Day Love Line! We will be sending that special lady a postcard telling her your message will appear in our Sunday, May 11th edition. Buying a Love Line also qualifies you /or our Special Mother's Day Prise Drawing. Final Deadline is May 8th. All entries must be received by this date. Your Name Send Postcard To: Aaddress Name Gty_ Address City Fill in your message below, one word per square please $3.00 $3.50 $4.00 Call Classi/ied... We Love Mothers Too! SUV CLASSIFIED 422-6323 In the summer between the fourth and fifth grade, Hamblen set a plan in motion. "I worked eight hours a day. I read 'The Last Trail" by Zane Grey. I skipped over a few words, but I worked the rest out phonetically. My brother helped. It took four weeks to read the book." Hamblen still owns the book that played such a monumental part in his life. "I still remember the characters and the plot." After Hamblen completed the book, he spent another two weeks re-reading it. Thereafter, Hamblen could read well enough to make superior grades. The following Christmas when Hamblen was 10, he paid $75 for horse and saddle. The magnificent campaign turned into a Pyrrhic victory, however. "The two happiest days of my life were the day I got the horse and the day he left. That was the meanest horse that ever lived." Hamblen learned to compensate for his disability and developed a good memory. He also learned to paraphrase information he read. "I could see the words but I couldn't say them." Sometimes the trick worked too well. "Once I was reading aloud in a high school class. The teacher said 'Stop, you're giving us the essence of each sentence, but you're not reading the sentence.' I was changing things out. If the sentence read 'Jack has gone to town,' I read 'Jack went to the city.' The kids snickered." The dyslexia "totally stifled any creative writing. I had no time to put that much thought into creative writing." College was not difficult, according to Hamblen. "I spent more time reading than most people." Hamblen depended on his memory to get him through tests. "Timed quizzes were worst. It took so much time to read the question, 1 had to have the answer at my fingertips." Hamblen found ways to shortcut his studies. For example, Hamblen found he could memorize a dissection manual for a class in anatomy. "I made index cards to memorize. Dyslexics can overcome any problem." One day, while Hamblen was attending pediatrics class, at Southwestern Medical School, heard Dr. Lucius Waites of Dallas discuss dyslexia. "I said 'My God that's what I had.' For the first time I said, 'Hey, I'm not a dummy after all. Maybe I'm just wired differently.' I had a better self image after that." For a time he was so excited about what he had learned, Hamblen considered entering pediatric neurology. Hamblen, who was graduated from college with a geology degree, could only find work as a detail man for a drug company. "My Dad said, 'I960 was the year Bobby worked.'" • The job inspired Hamblen to attend medical school. After his pediatrics residency he switched to anesthesiology. 'I had to deal with the parents, not the kids. I also realized I wouldn't see my own children." In all, Hamblen had attended school for 27 years with dsylexia. Hamblen still fights dyslexic tendencies. "I have to watch 'myself or I'll make a "b" into a "d," or flip the vertical on a "b" to a"p." Spelling is a "bear" for Hamblen. "I have to write around words I can't spell." As a doctor, Hamblen said he doesn't need to write well. "I love science and math. I have 90 percent as much fun working as playing. I love my job." i^™ SATISFIED? NOT WITH THE PRESENT GOVERNOR SURELY!!! THEN, ELECT A MAN WHO WOULD... ***RESOLVE THE STATE'S BUDGETARY CRISIS BY ADOPTING A LOTTERY AND PARI-MUTUEL BETTING! ***RESTORE THE INTEGRITY AND MORALE OF EDUCATORS BY ENDING THE "GOVERNOR VS. TEACHERS" ATMOSPHERE CREATED BY MARK WHITE AND ROSS PEROT! * * * VETO ANY PROPOSED STATE PERSONAL INCOME TAX! ***CREATE AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO PUT TEXANS BACK TO WORK! YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. YOU NOW HAVE A CHOICE. VOTE FOR A CHANGE VOTE FOR DON CROWDER, DEMOCRAT. The alternative to Mark White' Pel. Pol Ad. By Karen Bartleli 2017 Cedar Springs Rd.. Dallas. Tx 75201 Weight Watchers'can help you help yourself lose weight faster and easier! 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