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Speaker To Share Story of 9-11 Survival, Hope, and the Guide Dog Who Gave Him Both

When the World Trade Center was attacked on 9-11, Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, were on the 78th floor of Tower One. Together, they made their way to safety and survived the attack.

michael hingson, who survived 9-11 with guide dog roselleThe duo entered the international spotlight, sharing their story on Larry King Live, Regis and Kelly, the CBS Morning Show and other media. On April 16, Hingson will be in Crete to share his story of surviving 9-11 and the amazing changes it brought to his life over the last decade.

His presentation is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in the Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building on Doane's Crete campus, 1014 Boswell Ave.

When the first plane struck Tower One, an enormous boom, frightening sounds and muffled voices swept through Hingson's office. He recounts how he survived in his 2011 book: Thunder Dog, co-authored with Susy Flory.  "You will relive 1,463 steps as a blind man and his dog triumph over adversity," one book review states.

After 9-11, Hingson left his 27-year career in high-tech computer sales and management to travel the world speaking about the importance of teamwork and trust in both professional and personal lives.

"As a blind person living in today's world I want people to see that while there are many different kinds of people, each with their own different gifts, we all can live and work together if we choose to open our minds and hearts and become a more inclusive world. There are positive lessons to be learned from every tragedy, and 9-11 is certainly no exception," Hingson said.

His survival was tagged "the triumph of trust." He and Roselle also have been called an example of the powerful partnership that exists between a blind person and their guide dog.

After 9-11, Hingson joined the Guide Dogs for the Blind team as the National Public Affairs director.  In 2008, he left to form The Michael Hingson Group to continue his speaking career and serve as a consultant for corporations and organizations. 

Hingson is a national ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign. He also founded Roselle's Dream Foundation, which honors Roselle and enables blind children and adults to have the technology they need to live out their dreams.

His presentation is sponsored by Crete Public Library, Friends of Crete Public Library, Doane College, Doane's Hansen Leadership Program, Crete Middle School Students Council, Mac Sack, Crete Foodmart, Ken's U-Save Pharmacy, Tami's Hallmark and Crete Union Bank. Hingson's book and the event are part of the Crete Public Library's 2012 Crete Reads program.

Copies of Thunder Dog are available at Crete Public Library.

For more information on the presentation, contact Marilea Thiem at marilea.thiem@doane.edu.