The Center for Dyslexia and Talent — Dr. Waldrop (2nd email)

The Center for Dyslexia and Talent — Dr. Waldrop (2nd email)

July 8, 2017

Dr. Waldrop,

I hope I provided you with some compelling information on dyslexia that you’ve never seen or heard before while making a case for creating something special on South Alabama’s campus. Since learning about the upside of dyslexia, in 2002, I’ve continued to learn more about the symptoms and the names of the famous who have it. In 2000, actress Julia Roberts played the role of a down and out legal assistant named Erin Brockovich who was twice-divorced and raising three young children. Suffering from injuries caused in a car wreck a law firm reluctantly hired her. While at work and filling in for a coworker who was out of the office, Erin was given a case file on a real estate closing to review.

Inside the file was a set of medical records, Erin thought that was strange. She thought enough of the medical records to drive out to Hinkley, CA to meet the homeowners only to find out that they were sick and that PG&E was quietly buying out the remaining residents of this small town because as the state’s largest utility, they had knowingly polluted the town’s water supply with chromium 6 and kept it a secret for several decades. Erin was instrumental in putting together the largest environmental class-action suit in the state’s history, which resulted in a settlement with the utility company for $333 million, in 1996. The two partners at Erin’s law firm rewarded her efforts with a $1 million check. Erin is also dyslexic and her story like so many others has made her a household name.

In recent years, filmmaker Steven Spielberg learned that he too was dyslexic. After a highly-successful career as a filmmaker. Steven formed Dreamworks SKG with record mogul David Geffen and former Disney Executive Jeffery Katzenberg. Steven is best known for films like… Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Poltergeist, The Color Purple, Schindler’s List… They say on Wall Street about the movie business, its either invest in Steven Spielberg or Disney. In 1970, Geffen formed Asylum Records signing acts like Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Warren Zevon… In 1980, he formed Geffen Records, DGC Records (in 1990) and Dreamworks SKG, in 1994. In 2001, David Geffen gave $200 million to UCLA School of Medicine in unrestricted funds.

Lastly, Jeffrey Katzenberg served as Chairman of Walt Disney Studios from 1984 to 1994 during which the studio reinvigorated its live-action and animation divisions, as well as producing some of its biggest hits, including The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994). Under Katzenberg’s leadership, he was responsible for 80 percent of Walt Disney Studios profits. And if you were wondering yes, both, Geffen and Katzerberg are dyslexic.

The Three Dyslexic Guys Behind Dreamworks

Dreamworks is one of the most successful film studios in Hollywood history. It was started in 1994 by media mogu…

Academia may want to believe one thing about this group of students as it relates to “A” and “B” students while I’ve just provided you with story after story and solid evidence that speaks to the contrary and leaves many of these dyslexics laughing all the way to the bank over what the education system said to them about their “futures”.


The Three Dyslexic Guys Behind Dreamworks

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