“There are so many great organizations out there waiting to help people who have lost their vision. I’m glad MindsEye makes a point of connecting listeners to them.” - Rita, retired accessibility instructor

“Dad was a career officer in the Navy.   We moved quite a bit.  That must be why I enjoy MindsEye’s Military Times.” Blind since birth, Rick Belcher learned to read Braille at a young age.  “I was six when I started banging on the keys of a piano at an officer’s club where Dad sometimes tended bar.  A blind guy came in one day and played ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.’ I’ve been hooked on music ever since!”

Eight years ago, Sue Bolen was a retired speech teacher looking for something to help occupy her time when she saw a familiar name in the church bulletin.  Inside the bulletin was an ad from MindsEye looking for volunteer readers.  Bolen felt this was God’s way of telling her this is what she needed to do.

Typically, when listeners tune into the MindsEye they hear volunteers reading stories straight from national and local publications. For one hour every Thursday at 7 p.m., there is a change of pace on MindsEye’s airwaves. Ear to Ear, hosted by MindsEye’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Jason Frazier, is a talk show format featuring interviews from newsmakers in the area and afar.

Audio equipment can last forever… well, almost. MindsEye volunteers has been using the same microphones for well over 20 years. The computers used to make the recordings and access publications online were well-loved by their previous owners who shared them with MindsEye and have been in use for many years here.

Theirs was a classic boy meets girl romance as the young doctor and pretty nurse met, fell in love, and married. Today, just a couple years shy of their fiftieth wedding anniversary, retired Belleville ophthalmologist Dr. Jerome Basinski and his wife, Tudor, are the proud parents of four children and many grandchildren. They’re also proud supporters of MindsEye and have been for over half their married life.