In the moving first-person account "The Secret They Shared," Donna Archer reveals her husband's disability and describes the great lengths they took throughout his professional career to hide it from the public. "George's illiteracy caused him terrible anxiety, even in victory. He kept many potential sponsors at arm's length for fear that he might be asked to read a speech or write a few words," writes Archer about her husband who died last year of Burkitt's, a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Though Archer admits that her husband was deeply embarrassed by his illiteracy, she reports that if evaluated today, he would probably be diagnosed with severe dyslexia exacerbated by a non-verbal learning disability. Archer goes on to describe George's reluctance to defend his Masters title in the piece, "He even worried about going back to Augusta to defend his title in 1970, because he was afraid that fans would want him to personalize the autographs he signed or that he'd have to read some prepared sentences on television."
For more on the life of George Archer and the devoted relationship he shared with his wife, log on to www.golfforwomen.com. The complete story can also be viewed in the March/April issue of Golf For Women, on newsstands February 21.