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Ten O'Clock News; Kurzweil Reading Machine


Stevie Wonder demonstrates a Kurweil Reading Machine with text-to-speech capability, which enables blind people to read printed text. He uses the machine to help him read instructions for his synthesizer, so he can compose a song. He jokes around with the audience. He sings part of "I Just Called to Say I Love You." A Boston politician presents Wonder with a commemorative award of his visit to Boston. Wonder addresses the crowd and talks about how the Reading Machine is making a more "harmonious world." Several takes of reporter stand up. A man demonstrates a computer with a touchscreen and Deck Talk features.

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Ten O'Clock News

Kurzweil Reading Machine

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Wonder, Stevie
African American musicians
People with disabilities
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
Wonder, Stevie (Speaker)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Kurzweil Reading Machine,” 04/29/1985, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2429CEEA1D3447D682E4D60A860B34D9.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Kurzweil Reading Machine.” 04/29/1985. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2429CEEA1D3447D682E4D60A860B34D9>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Kurzweil Reading Machine. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2429CEEA1D3447D682E4D60A860B34D9
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