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"A Thousand Voices" on Access Utah Thursday

"His name was Carlos. Carlos Louis Salazar. And when his mother had troubles, I more or less stole him. Or that's what I always said. He was the son I wanted, and I did get him for a while."  So writes Jeri Parker in A Thousand Voices, her new memoir of the remarkable relationship between a young, single woman and the wild, beautiful boy, who for a time took the place of the son she’d lost. Jeri Parker first met Carlos Louis Salazar in 1964, when she was a high school teacher in Ogden and he was a student at the Utah School for the Deaf.  He was ten years old and “more other-worldly than childlike.”  A Thousand Voices  is a meditation on the limits—and the limitlessness—of human language. Jeri Parker joins Tom Williams for the hour on Thursday’s AU.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.