Taking a quick look at "Blind" Boone's life

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 | 7:08 p.m. CST; updated 10:55 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 12, 2008

John William "Blind" Boone was a classical and ragtime composer and pianist. He settled in Columbia in 1889. Boone was born in 1864 and became blind when he was 6 months old. He was very ill, and 19th century doctors diagnosed him with brain fever. They thought the only cure was to remove his eyes.