2014/04/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 15, 2014

– $3,000 for a free deaf puppy

A dog shelter is giving away a deaf puppy for
free, but it is not really free because the
cost is about $3,000! Free or pay? Both!
The dog shelter is in Australia, and the
deaf puppy is of the Australian blue cattle dog
breed. A deaf couple in USA wanted to adopt that
deaf puppy. The cost of transporting the deaf
puppy by airplane is $3,000! Worth it? Yes, says
the deaf couple, one of them that works at a
deaf school.

 

– a boxing club in Idaho

There is a boxing club in Pocatello, Idaho. The name
of the club is KC Boxing. This club currently has
about ten boxers that are in training on a daily
basis. The owner of the club is Casey McCreery,
a former boxer. And he is deaf. He stays in touch
with his boxers via text messages. He and a
trainer work together with their boxing stable.
Some of them have won medals at boxing events.

 

– how did Phyllis Frelich get the big Broadway role?

Phyllis Frelich was at Gallaudet during the sixties
when it was a Golden Era for deaf entertainment – Linda
Bove, Ed Waterstreet, Peter Wolf, Juliana Fjeld,
Jane Norman, Sam Edwards, John Corrado and few others.
Phyllis thought she could not get a role because of
her deafness. She met Robert Steinberg, a Broadway
scene and lightning designer. Realizing she wanted
a chance to act, he discussed this with playwright
Mark Medoff. That was how Mark came up with a play
specifically for a deaf actress. Because of Medoff,
Deaf Entertainment was never the same! Incidentally
Steinberg became Phyllis’ husband and they were
married for 46 years.

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2014/04/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 14, 2014

– a blind boyfriend communicates with a deaf girlfriend

In Kennewick, Washington, Alejandro Vazquez is
hearing and is blind. Janie Gaunt is deaf. They
have been together for over ten years. How do
they communicate? Janie, while stuck with a dead
CI, tries to lipread. And when she uses sign
language she has to get in front of Alejandro’s
face so he can see her face with his very limited
vision. Other times, they use Facebook to
communicate with each other. They do not like these
jokes about the deaf and the blind talking to each other!

 

– Antiques Roadshow and the deaf

The TV program – Antiques Roadshow – is very popular
among people that love antiques. A recent showing
had appraisers looking at antiques in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. A woman wanted to have an appraisal of
painting of her great-great-great grandfather
that was done during the 1700′s. The appraiser
was very excited – because it was the painting of
the deaf artist John Brewster, Jr. It was valued
at $15,000. How often do we find deaf artists with
their paintings shown on the TV program?

 

– state laws and our interpreters

DeafDigest mentioned that interpreters in Arkansas
must be certified while classroom interpreters do
not need to be certified. Why? A past director of
state commission for the deaf and hard of hearing
said that state departments of education would not
allow other state agencies to certify school
interpreters. Turf wars? Possibly! And who suffers?
Our deaf children attending these mainstreamed
programs.

 

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2014/04/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 11, 2014

 
– the NFL teams that are interested in Gallaudet’s Adham Talaat

Adham Talaat had a private workout session on the Gallaudet
campus with scouts from different NFL teams watching him.
Who were these NFL teams? Washington, Tennessee, Indianapolis,
Oakland, Arizona, San Diego and Chicago. There was another
team but DeafDigest does not know who it was. NFL draft takes
place on May 8 thru May 10. If he is not drafted, then hopefully
he will be offered a free agent contract.

 

– remembering Phyllis Frelich

Great deaf actress Phyllis Frelich just departed us. Many of
us will remember her for her Tony Award winning role in
the “Children of a Lesser God” as well as for her leading
role in the made-for-TV movie “Love is Never Silent.” Yet
what was her greatest role? It was in a TV sitcom, Barney 
Miller (very popular during the eighties). She played the
role of a prostitute that was arrested and brought to the
police station. Deaf actor Peter Wolf was in that sitcom and
they both made everyone laugh with these communication
misunderstandings because of lack of an interpreter.
Only one cop could fingerspell. Needless to say, it was
Phyllis that paved the way for Marlee Matlin’s successful
career as well as for other deaf actors and actresses.

 

– hearing aid, no, but expensive engagement ring, yes

A husband and wife, both attorneys, have a deaf daughter.
Their marriage broke up. The husband turned down wife’s
request for $12,000 to purchase hearing aids for their
daughter. Yet, he spent $215,000 on an engagement ring
for his new girl friend. It made the wife so angry that
an engagement ring was more important than hearing aids
that she badmouthed his law firm, causing his law business
to go bad. As a result, the judge awarded her less money,
saying the law firm could not afford more money! The
father, however, realized his mistake and decided to buy
her these hearing aids afterwards!

 
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2014/04/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 10, 2014

– a bank transaction free for hearing, $42 charge for deaf

Mark Hooper, who is deaf, wanted to transfer money from one
banking account to another banking account. This is a routine
transaction, done for free for hearing customers. But for
Mark, the Halifax Bank (in Slough, a town in Great Britain)
charged him $42.00. The bank told the very angry Mark that
if they have to make a phone call for him to make the
transfer it is $42.00 whereas it is free for a hearing
person to make that phone call. So upset Mark was that he
brought public attention to the bank – TV news, newspapers,
media postings, etc – that the embarrassed bank backed down,
apologized to him and refunded him his $42.00

 

 

– hearing husband attorney fools deaf wife notary

The hearing attorney Jeffrey Mottern was a crook; he cheated
people out of their life savings through investment promises.
He committed suicide last month. His widow is deaf and was
a notary for her husband’s law practice. She had been
authorized to witness legal papers and documents signed by
other people as well as to sign these papers herself. Did the
husband lie to his notary wife about these papers for her
signatures without knowing the truth? The court in
Pennsylvania is trying to sort it all out.

 

 

– our deaf weather people

Many hearing people volunteer as weather spotters, informing
the National Weather Service of weather conditions in their
home areas. What about the deaf? A group of deaf people
in the Memphis area are taking classes to become weather
spotters. This is important because spotters tell the
service of hurricanes, tornadoes, snow, heavy rains
that have come up.

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