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    Jill Kinmont Boothe dies

    I first learned of Jill two years after I became disabled when I saw the movie The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975. The movie and her story certainly inspired me as a child with a spinal cord injury.

    Little did I know that I would move to her hometown over 30 years later. I did not know Jill but would see her around town from time to time. I'm sorry I never got the chance to meet her and let her know how her story meant to much to me as a child.... and throughout my life.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073496/

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/sp...ies-at-75.html

    http://www.wedelndesignco.com/?p=159
    Last edited by My395; 10 Feb 2012, 10:19 PM.
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    I remember the movie well, my sympathies to her loved ones.
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      #3
      I'm sorry to hear this. She was someone I looked up to a great deal over the years.
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        #4
        Saw the movie as well. Condolences.
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          #5
          Read the books in elementary school, probably saw the movies at the same time. If my calculations are right she was a quad for 56.

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            #6
            yep, saw the movie after injury, remembered was hard to watch, but good
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              #7
              I seen the movies and I thought it was great that she became a teacher and that she taught native american kids. Sorry to hear she passed.
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                #8
                i was sorry to see this on news. sorrier to see it didn't even rank as top news. i saw the movies/read book well in advance of my accident. ironically, my son and i were talking about her just a few days ago. she just came up in our conversation about life, longevity w/sci, etc. and i told him she was still alive after being injured in 56 or something. i showed him her picture, story, etc. it was weird that after just randomly talking w/him in what has become rare talks (he's 19) that she should pass away within days.

                what an inspiration jkb is.

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                  #9
                  rest in peace dear lady.

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                    #10
                    She made it to age 75 and the average life span for her level injury is probably around 62.5.

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                      #11
                      I am so sorry to hear of this. She was one of my role models way back when, and like so many here I went to see the movie and felt both empowered and angry at the discrimination out there. I went with an AB friend in her car, and we went to what was then one of the rare multi-plexes, meaning a lot of people were in the parking lot when we came out. My friend leaned over as I was attempting a transfer into her car and wispered "you do know they are all looking at you, don't you?" My deepest sympathies to anyone who might have known her personally.

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                        #12
                        i'm sorry to hear of this. it's so great that she lived a long life. my good friend past away this past september, he was 37, post 22 years. i've seen alot of this and it is heartbreaking.
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                          #13
                          I was injured in 1978 and remembered viewing her second movie while recieving Physical Rehabilitation at Rusk in NYC. My parents also saw the movie and then expected great things for me. The vocational rehabilitation counselor at Rusk strongly discouraged me from wanting to become a teacher. She said it would be dangerous to have a teacher in a wheelchair if their was a fire at school as the students wouldn't want to vacate the building if I was trapped by a fire. Years later I applied for a job in a school as a speech lnguage pathologist [speech therapist]. The principal hired me on the spot. He never saw my wheelchair as a problem.

                          Movies about successful disabled people do make a difference in people's perceptions and expectations of the physically disabled.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by peegy p View Post
                            I was injured in 1978 and remembered viewing her second movie while recieving Physical Rehabilitation at Rusk in NYC. My parents also saw the movie and then expected great things for me. The vocational rehabilitation counselor at Rusk strongly discouraged me from wanting to become a teacher. She said it would be dangerous to have a teacher in a wheelchair if their was a fire at school as the students wouldn't want to vacate the building if I was trapped by a fire. Years later I applied for a job in a school as a speech lnguage pathologist [speech therapist]. The principal hired me on the spot. He never saw my wheelchair as a problem.

                            Movies about successful disabled people do make a difference in people's perceptions and expectations of the physically disabled.
                            I saw the movie there too!...also became a speech pathologist....hmmmm
                            I recall Jill being on TV not too long ago as a singer?
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                              #15
                              Incredible Lady! I met her in 1998 when my van lost its breaks just outside her hometown. Was in desperate need of a BM (6 days, yikes) & she sent her PCA right over to help at 6:30 am. Her death is humanity's loss. Condolences to her family.
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