Oprah, Robert Jones and his father

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Children Victimized by Crime (1990)
Robert Jones—a boy who became blind when he was 10—has a permanent spot on my list of unforgettable guests. Robert was visiting his grandmother's house when a stray bullet entered his left temple and exited his lower right temple. I asked Robert, "Can you see in your dreams?" After pausing for a few seconds, he lowered his head and finally whispered, "Yes." Bring out the Kleenex!

Years later when Robert was 18, I invited him to return to the show. He had learned to play the piano and had become a songwriter. He would go on to earn a degree from Columbia College—a testament to what can happen when we blow the lid off what's possible in our lives.