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Krip-Hop Nation Interviews David and Roz on their comic RECALL AND GIVEN

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Krip-Hop Nation: Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed.   This comic book, RECALL AND GIVEN, is really about your relationship. Tell us how did you meet, and what are the turning points in this book.

David Rector & Roz Alexander-Kasparik: We met decades ago at National Public Radio (NPR) headquarters in David’s hometown of Washington, D.C. David had been a news producer there for years already. I (Roz) was a grad student at Howard University hired to help out administratively on a show called, Let’s Hear It! The show’s primary audience was visually impaired and disabled people. At the time, just a handful of Black people worked at network headquarters, and NPR had far fewer staff than it does now. So we all knew each other and had each other’s backs.  David and I became lifelong friends. He was and is the kind of guy you trust instinctively, as a matter of course.  He wears integrity in his smile, how he carries himself, and how he helps people. There isn’t a person who knows him who does not respect David. David says there’s not a person who truly knows me who doesn’t love me. That’s the consist of our relationship: We love each other.

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If & Hope – Michael Davis, From The Edge

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What others may think is your dream job matters little to those who hold fast to their real desire. Be that as it may, it’s not easy to give up on a great job to follow your absolute dream.

David did. He followed his dream to California her name was Roz.

Roz Alexander-Kasparik was the dream David waited all his life for. She wasn’t a job, but David worked hard to be with her. He asked for her hand she said yes and that would be the start of their life together.

Joined as one in a marriage that life would be beautiful this they both knew.

Roz is a no-nonsense Black woman who holds little patience for those who try hers. David tried hers when arriving in San Diego he quickly started making plans not for their marriage but for them to attend the San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC). David prepared with such glee Roz, who thought the only adults who read comics were intellectually challenged, started to think it may be fun.

She loved it.

She loved it and loved David even more (if possible) for being a strong Black man who had the conviction to be himself. In a world where it was harder and harder to avoid the unrelenting branding of Black man as thugs here was a man determined to be who he was.

Roz left David as soon as she found out the David she fell in for was gone. The David who could peak her interest in something as ridiculous as comic books make her laugh and bring a smile to her face had disappeared. Roz changed under these circumstances how could she not?

She became Given.

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Disabled And Fighting For The Right To Vote

SAN DIEGO – A former producer at NPR who lost his ability to walk and speak asked a judge Tuesday to restore his right to vote under a new California law that makes it easier for people with disabilities to keep that right and regain it if lost.

David Rector, 66, handed a letter to a court clerk shortly after an advocacy group filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department asking that California be required to notify people who have been disqualified from voting about the law in time for the Nov. 8 election.

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San Diego Judge Rejects Disabled Man’s Petition To Vote — For Now

A California judge ruled that a former NPR producer who had a traumatic brain injury has so far failed to demonstrate he is qualified to vote despite a new state law that makes it easier for people with developmental disabilities to keep and restore the right to cast a ballot.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Julia C. Kelety held out the possibility that she will eventually decide that David Rector can vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election. But the judge said Rector’s conservator and fiancee, Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik, needed to provide more information to prove that is what he wants.

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David Rector Wants His Right To Vote Restored

SAN DIEGO – A former producer at NPR who lost his ability to walk and speak asked a judge Tuesday to restore his right to vote under a new California law that makes it easier for people with disabilities to keep that right and regain it if lost.

David Rector, 66, handed a letter to a court clerk shortly after an advocacy group filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department asking that California be required to notify people who have been disqualified from voting about the law in time for the Nov. 8 election.

RECALL AND GIVEN: The Comic

Finding A Voice — Again In The Pages Of A Comic Book

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This is a story about love. It’s a story about bad things happening to good people, about memory and perseverance — and comic books. But most of all, it’s a story about a voice. A mellow, smooth voice, just right for late-night jazz.

The voice belonged to David Rector, who was a producer here at NPR, going all the way back to the days of magnetic tape and razor blades. David left NPR in 2008 and moved to California to be with his fiancee and pursue his dreams of on-air work — but it didn’t happen. He suffered an aortic dissection — a tear in a major blood vessel — then a series of crises in the hospital that ultimately left him unable to speak or walk. Now his fiancee, Roz Alexander-Kasparik, is helping give him a voice again, in the pages of an autobiographical superhero comic called Recall and Given.

David was a quiet guy, but he had an encyclopedic knowledge of movies, pop culture and especially comic books. “I tended to be a Marvel comics person, he was a DC guy,” recalls Bob Malesky — David’s boss for many years at Weekend Edition. “We tended to get into rather detailed arguments.”

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