By The Editors August 30th, 2008.
Clay Marzo As the star of Quiksilver’s new film Just Add Water, Clay Marzo is bringing more attention to a form of autism called Aspergers. It’s also opening eyes to just what is possible for others with the condition.
More than a movie about a rising young star, however, it details Clay’s aptitude and unique personality, and his life with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that can make school and social situations challenging but also allows him to hyperfocus and exhibit exceptional talent in a specific arena.
Clay’s mother Jill Marzo wasn’t sure the movie at first:
“I was really nervous,” she admits. “I didn’t want to expose it. I worried that people would treat him differently or that he would be embarrassed by it.” Instead, the film and an extensive article in Surfer Magazine yielded e-mails from others inspired by Clay’s unique pursuit of his passion. That, she says, made the journey worthwhile.
[Link: Honolulu Star-Bulletin]
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by Tim Benjamin
On the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, a question came to mind as I watched the coverage of the historical event on the news and the History Channel: “Who is the third guy?”
The History Channel had a special entitled “Live from 1969: News coverage of the moon landing” in which I had roamed across a few minutes into it as I heard the news commentator speaking live over video transmissions from the moon in 1969.
The special had the live feed from a mounted TV cam off a leg of the Lunar Module showing Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong stepping down the ladder and was just bouncing off his first step on the moon surface and the news anchor had said as I just turned the sound on, “-what was that he said? I didn’t hear the second part to his statement. I am sure it was important so I’ll have to hear that part again later.”
The History Channel Special continued as Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr.stepped down and was told by Armstrong to watch that last step.
During the days of the Lunar Landing Anniversary, the news showed President Barack Obama chats with Apollo 11 astronauts, from left, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong, Monday, July 20, 2009, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. (2) While watching this coverage, I thought of two things.
The first is that Buzz Aldrin stated once in jest that he will forever be remembered as the second guy to walk on the moon. Not so well known about Aldrin is that he collaborated with singer Snoop Dogg on his second love, hip hop (3).
The second thought was, “WHo is the third guy?” In the history of mankind, we will forever remember the first man on the moon was Niel Armstrong and the second guy on the moon was “Buzz” Aldrin, but how many of us can remember who the third guy was.
Well, I will state that I will try to remember that there was a third man that helped the two famous guys be the first on the moon. Michael Collins was the man and went into space twice. Two more than I and Walter Cronkite. His first spaceflight was Gemini 10, when he and command pilot John W. Young performed two rendezvous with different spacecraft and Collins undertook two EVAs. His second spaceflight was Apollo 11 where he served as the command module pilot. While he orbited the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin performed the first manned landing on the lunar surface. He is one of only 24 humans to have flown to the Moon (1).
excerpt from “Undiagnosing Gates, Jefferson and Einstein”
An article by Jonathan Mitchell
Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was also the author of the Declaration of Independence. His other accomplishments include diplomate, lawyer, scientist, farmer, architect. He was thought by many to be one of the most brilliant men to ever occupy the White House. Could he have been on the autistic spectrum? Norm Ledgin, author of Diagnosing Jefferson states that this was absolutely the case. Ledgin provides what he believes is unequivocal evidence that Jefferson had Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism and in his book he openly challenges anyone to refute his proof. I have decided to accept that challenge. His book was also endorsed by Temple Grandin who wrote a postscript to Ledgin’s book, stating she was totally convinced that Jefferson was on the spectrum.
Ledgin documents instances showing that Jefferson was shy, had an inability to relate to people, was a poor public speaker and was sensitive to loud noises. He attempts to show that the explanation for these is Asperger’s syndrome, claiming that it cannot be coincidence that Jefferson had so many supposedly Asperger’s traits that have been documented by various historians and biographers.
Ledgin also claims that it is because of Asperger’s that Jefferson had the habit of recording all of his financial transactions yet died in debt. Also, his obsession with remodeling his mansion, Monticello, for many decades can be attributed to Asperger’s. Jefferson also had eccentricities such has having a pet mocking bird always on his shoulder. He also often dressed casually and would wear slippers at important meetings.
A.J. Mahari’s Review of the Movie
“Mozart and The Whale” is a dramatic-comedy inspired by the lives of two people with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). It chronicals their budding romance and the nature of the challenges presented by Asperger’s. Donald is a good-natured but hapless taxi driver with a love of birds and a superhuman knack for numbers. Like many people with AS, he likes patterns and routines. But when the beautiful and complicated Isabel joins the autism support group he leads, his life – and his heart – are turned upside down. In his journey, Asperger’s, while very much a part of that journey, takes a back seat only to the human desire for love and to be loved and for connection despite all odds.
Donald runs a support group for people with Asperger’s and in the group they can all be themselves.
Donald, not long into the movie, while talking to the guys in the group in the park said that as a young boy it was obvious he wasn’t the child his parents had hoped for and that he wasn’t “normal”. He adds that “you can’t control people or even predict them” pointing out that things are different with numbers and that as he always says with numbers, “you can count on them.”
Donald then says, “People with Asperger’s want contact with other people very much, we are just pathetically clueless about it all.”
By Michelle Fattig – 2007-12-28
People with Asperger’s Syndrome are often described, as having social skills deficits, reluctance to listen, difficulty understanding social give and take, and other core characteristics, is typically quite misunderstood and/or misdiagnosed in our country today.
First recognized by Hans Asperger in 1944, who recognized that the patterns of behaviors and characteristics were often noticed in the parents as well, most noticeably in the fathers, and he very perceptively noted,
“that the condition was probably due to genetic or neurological, rather than psychological or environmental factors,” (Attwood, 2006, p. 2).
Psychologists, physicians, educators, and parents remain largely uneducated and uninformed regarding high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, particularly in girls and women, and the person is often misdiagnosed (Fattig, 2007). “Asperger’s syndrome has probably been an important and valuable characteristic of our species throughout evolution,” (Attwood, 2006, p. 2).
I am not sure who performed Chris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” first, Johnny Cash or Janis Joplin?