Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1990-03-301
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VOLUME 50. ISSUE 63 FRIDAY. MARCH 30. 1990 IGNI n C - So eakers fell woes of driving while drunk Multimedia presentation heightens t...,i .m,.. A FINE LINE' members Todd Henrie, By Barbara LeFevre Staff writer of The Signpost I was just out to have a good time. I wasn't worried about the future; I did what I had to to get by. We'd get high or get drunk at night and every weekend. I never considered the fact that I would get hurt. I was too lucky for that. When they found me, I was 130 ft. from the car. When they turned me over, I think that's when I became paralyzed. Some people are in wheelchairs. Others are in beds. They have someone else feed them, bathe them, change their diapers. These comments are from a film presented in the "Fine Line" program during Convocation Thursday at the Austad Auditorium. "Fine Line" is a multimedia David Rowe and Corey Burton, all paralyzed below their waists, travel throughout the United States recounting their presentation sponsored by the McKay DeeStewart Rehabilitation Center. The focus of the program is to heighten people's awareness of the consequences of driving while impaired. Todd Henrie, David Rowe and Corey Burton, all in wheelchairs, were the speakers. They are members of a group called The Fine Line, who travel throughout the United States recounting their feelings and experiences since their accidents. Todd was 17 years old, drunk, and not wearing a seat belt when he attempted to take a 25 m.p.h. turn at 100 m.p.h. The bottom of his car caught the remaining section of the telephone pole it had just sheared off throwing him 70 ft. He is now paralyzed from the legs down from a broken spinal cord. "It's a shame that we don't appreciate WEBER STATE COLLEGE convo crowd's awareness of consequences of DUI - what we have until it's gone," Todd said. Dave and a friend finished their first case of beer at 10:00 in the morning and continued to drink until late that night. His blood alcohol level was .34 when paramedics found him 12 hours after he had rolled his "Blazer" three times while spotlighting for bobcats. Dave said, "You have to move from the chest up. You can move your arms. Think about how long it takes to vacuum the floor. It takes a long time." Corey wasn't drinking, but he fell asleep, hit a fence post and rolled his truck. When he woke up, one foot was wedged in the door, and the other was sticking through the back window. His back was broken. Upon waking, he said his first thoughts were "I can't feel my feet. I literally can't feel my feet." He said, "I can't QUiNN JACOBSONTHE SIGNPOST explain to you in words what it's like. It turns your life upside down." Since the accident, Todd has attended Weber State College and is ah computer program analyst assistant at Hill Air Force Base. Dave attended the University of San Francisco and is a certified sex education counselor. Corey is employed by the United States Treasury Department. They have been with the program for nine years. Although they have been rehabilitated, they all said it was very hard at first. Corey said, "I wondered, why didn't I just die? We've all had that same thought. We've come real close to doing it ourselves." There came a time, however, when they all decided to make the most of their lives. Todd said, "Everyone has some handicap. i experiences since their accidents. It's just that mine is more apparent. That's the way I deal with it." At some point, Dave decided that he had "hurt enough people." He said, "You care about other people. I had too much to do. I didn't want to give up." The director of the program is Richard Allen. He said they help rehabilitate 300 in-patients every year for traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neurological injuries, and burns. Utah has six facilities endorsed by the National Association of Broadcasters, the Utah Highway Patrol, the Utah Drug Counsel, and Coca-Cola. Dorothy Vernieu, community affairs coordinator for McKay Dee Hospital, developed the program to illustrate what happens to people involved in accidents.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1990-03-30, Vol. 50, No. 63|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|