Sorry, we're late! Spoonie life, man! Shoutout to our producer for literally helping Kelly walk all weekend.
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Now for the fun stuff!
Kelly kicks things off by telling Debbie Jo about her grandfather, his experience with Polio, Dr. Anita Silvers, her experience with Polio, and Dr. Silvers's work as a Philosopher of Aesthetics and an Advocate concerning the American's with Disabilities Act. Dr. Silvers contracted Polio at Girl Scout Camp in 1949 and subsequently spent an entire year in an Iron Lung. The disease left her a partial paraplegic but that didn't stop her from being a total badass and getting her college degree, a P.h.D. in Philosophy, and eventually teaching at San Francisco University for 50 years. It was during her time as a professor, when two blind students came to her for help, that she shifted her focus to studying the Americans with Disabilities Act from a philosophical standpoint, advocating for the recognition of the Act as being a matter of Civil Rights and the equitable treatment of individuals with medical disabilities, especially in the workplace.
Then, Debbie Jo channels her inner Bessie Stringfield and goes on a bit of a rant at Kelly about not apologizing for taking up too much time or space in the world... or the podcast. Bessie Stringfield is best known as the first African American woman to ride a motorcycle across the United States, solo! When she was 19! And it was only 1930! It's almost impossible to truly wrap one's mind around that level of badassery. Bessie originally road an Indian motorcycle, but at the end of her life, she owned a collection of 27 Harley Davidson motorcycles. Bessie was also a Civilian Courier for the US Army during WWII and founded the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club and was eventually known as the Motorcycle Queen of Miami.