Friday, April 14, 2017

‘What's a blind guy from Canada going to tell NASA?’: B.C. writer asks - METRO NEWS

by David P. Ball 
Originally published: April 13, 2017
Publisher: MetroNews.ca

Ryan Knighton, a creative writing instructor at North Vancouver’s Capilano University, truly never expected being enlisted by NASA.

But the travel writer and author of Cockeyed — a memoir about his experience of becoming blind as an adult — is headed to the U.S. to speak before space agency staff next Tuesday.

"It struck me as incredibly funny,” Knighton, 44, told Metro, laughing. “Like, what is a blind guy from Canada going to tell NASA?

"I have nothing to do with space.”

The invitation to lecture researchers and other staff at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center lifted off thanks to his 2012 appearance on the immensely popular This American Life podcast.