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Photograph was edited for publication purposes James B. Garfield was born on September 18, 1881. Garfield was a World War I veteran, a radio actor and personality, a philanthropist and advocate for the blind. He was born with vision problems and lost his eyesight completely in 1940. At the age of sixty, he acquired his first guide dog, worked in an aircraft plant and authored several books, including the acclaimed Follow My Leader. He was very active and instrumental in the creation of the State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind in 1947. He began his own radio program in 1947, "A Blind Man Looks at You" on KGFJ in Los Angeles that lasted for 15 years. He served two terms as secretary of the California Council of the Blind and was appointed to the State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind by three consecutive governors. Garfield died in 1984. Photograph caption dated December 19, 1963 reads "Actress June Allyson and Terry York watch James B. Garfield, 82, perform with his new guide dog Beauty at the International Guiding Eyes graduation ceremonies Thursday. Behind Garfield is Jerry Plummer, who performs with Sassy." The article partially reads "International Guiding Eyes, 5431 Denny Ave., North Hollywood, has provided more than 300 dogs to the sightless since 1948."
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