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A columnist's legacy.

A Columnist's Legacy

"I hope INSIDE MS will be printing a tribute to Jim Neubacher. He was an inspiration to me and many others who read his columns, both those readers who are challenged by a disability and those who are not. I think we are learned from him." Letters such as this one from Pat Heselton of LaSalle, Michigan express the loss felt by many with the death of Detroit Free Press columnist Jim Neubacher on March 22 at age 40.

A top-notch journalist, Neubacher was based in the paper's Toronto bureau when he was diagnosed with MS in 1980. He returned to Detroit in 1982 and soon began his column, "Disabled in Detroit." Its purpose: to teach that people with disabilities were people first.

Mr Neubacher wrote with humor, conviction and understanding and soon became a leader of disabled activists in his home state. He spear-headed grass-roots advocacy efforts which resulted in Michigan's innovative child care and housing policies for t the state's handicapped. Jim also devoted much time to the Michigan Chapter, including traveling across the state to speak to groups about advocacy. He was the 1985 recipient of its Achievement Award.

Before his death, Jim Neubacher exhorted readers to stay informed and to continue to press policy makers for change. "I for one intend to take his exhortation to heart--actively." said fellow columnist Chris Kertesz of the Detroit Free Press. "I urge you to do the same--actively. Raise a littel consciousness! Raise a little hell! Do it!"
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Title Annotation:Jim Neubacher
Publication:Inside MS
Date:Jun 22, 1990
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