Butch Bussen Receives Gift from Community


“I never have any lights on, I never use em’.” Wallace County resident Butch Bussen has a new gadget to help him read and identify people, as long as the lights are on.  Thanks to an effort organized by Tanna Smith, Bussen has been able to use a new device called OrCam MyEye 2.  

The OrCam is a camera that takes pictures of what is in front of him and reads out loud what it sees.  It attaches to a pair of glasses. 

“It feels very strange; I’ve never had to wear glasses before,” Bussen said.

Bussen was extremely surprised when he was presented with the OrCam MyEye 2. Smith, a friend of Bussen, saw the OrCam in a video and sent the information to Bussen. 

Smith said, “When we researched the cost we realized it was a very steep price tag. I knew people would be willing to help out so I put a post on Facebook saying that someone in our community could benefit from an assistive device and if anyone wanted to donate to let me know.” Smith said, “In less than forty-eight hours we had 3,000 dollars in donations. Butch couldn’t believe it when I gave him his new OrCam for Christmas thanks to approximately twenty donors.”

Bussen said, “I didn’t know there was such a device until (Tanna Smith) wrote me. This thing is amazing technology. I don’t know how they put it all in such a tiny package. It is pure magic.”

The device will say if there is a woman, man or child in front of him, or it will read to him.  One of his favorite things about the camera is that it will read letters, bills, computer screens, and even paper money. 

Bussen has never had his sight, but he has lived quite an exciting life. He is HAM radio licensed and climbed tall radio and television towers for years with no fear.  He was born 10 weeks premature and weighing three pounds.  When the doctors were trying to keep him alive the high level of oxygen in the incubator caused blood vessels to grow over his retinas, resulting in his loss of site. 

However, he didn’t let this get him down.  When he was in Kindergarten, he was sent to school in Kansas City to learn despite his impairment.  Bussen continued his education in Kansas City until his senior year when he returned home and attended school in Sharon Springs. He has grown accustomed to life in the sighted world but there are still many difficulties he has to overcome.  

Now, if Bussen wants to read he simply puts his finger in front of the page and then points to what he wants to read. However it is still challenging because he does not have hand eye coordination, so muscle memory will help in time. He is enjoying learning about the new device and it fits right into his love for technology.

“I’m a high-tech junkie,” he said. “I’ve always had this curiosity I guess.”


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James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

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Chandler, Garrett Scott, Pueblo, Colo, driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $69, court costs $108. Palmier, Joshua Quayshun, Birmingham, Ala, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $99, court costs $108. Chavez, Brenda Icilice, Denver, Colo, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

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