2) I became interested in Cook because Forbes apparently did an entire book about him with the same title as this article.
From a 1920 issue of The American Magazine:
A Genius Who Never Walked a Step
The extraordinary story of Charles Lee Cook — a Louisville invalid, who, against great odds, has achieved wonders
by B. C. Forbes
A cripple who has never been able to walk a step in his life, and who was taken from school when seven years of age, recently refused a forty-thousand-dollar-a-year job.