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2014/04/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 18, 2014

– most important person in a major golf tournament

The Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament is coming
up this weekend in Duluth, Georgia. Major golf tournaments
require hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. Without these
volunteers these golf tournaments will have serious problems.
The #1 volunteer at this coming tournament is Ben Barnes, who
lives in the Washington, DC area. He is deaf and has been
working the tournament for 12 years. How important is Ben?
So important that the tournament director has paid for his
airfare between Washington, DC and Duluth, GA. If you watch
the tournament on TV you will not find him – because he is
busy working behind the scenes making golfers, fans and
tournament officials happy!

 

 

– best deaf people of art & culture in USA to get together

People of Culture, both deaf and hearing, dream of residency
opportunities. This is where they get together to discuss,
share and create new ideas in their artistic fields. This
coming June, our deaf people of Culture – dancer Antoine Hunter,
novelist Bex Freund, playwright Raymond Luczak, sculptor Jeremy
Quiroga and literature scholar Rachel Mazique (past Miss NAD)
will meet up during the Deaf Artists Residency Program in Red
Wing, Minnesota. A grant from The National Endowment for the
Arts has made this gathering possible.

 

 

– two most hated words among the deaf

What are the two most hated words that we, the deaf, are
stuck with all the time? It is “never mind” – this is
what hearing people, after talking your head off, realize
you are deaf, and they say “never mind”! This issue
was brought up in a Canadian newspaper, and spread like
wildfire.

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2014/04/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 17, 2014

– a real deaf champion or a fake deaf champion?

Sean Noone is deaf and is a professional wrestler in Great
Britain. He has been wrestling professionally for 8-9 years.
DeafDigest is not sure if he is a full time wrestler or a
part time wrestler because many pro wrestlers are part time.
Anyway he wrestles under the name Sean Midnight. Touroumon,
a pro wrestling entertainment company in Japan (just like
WWE in USA) invited him to participate in a big wrestling
tournament. He won the 2-day tournament. So, is it a real
wrestling championship or a fake wrestling championship?
Well, in Japan, pro wrestling is a very popular and a serious
sport! Sean, by the way, is not really that big, only weighs
210 lbs and stands only 5’11 tall.

 

 

– telecommunications tower hurting a deaf school?

A school for the deaf has a tall telecommunications tower
standing in the back of the building. The neighborhood
residents are not too happy about it and have staged a
protest rally demanding the removal of the tower. They
are saying that it is hazardous to everyone in the
school building and those in the neighborhood. What
is the name of the school and where is it? It is the
Federation School for the Deaf in Malaysia!

 

 

– filing a lawsuit because of a football-like tackle

Jesus Trevino, a deaf resident of Bakersfield, California,
was tackled from behind by a police officer. He could not
hear their commands, and the police thought he was a
burglar. He lost the key to his apartment and was hoping
to push the door open. Alarmed neighbors called the police,
saying Jesus was a burglar. The tackle broke his arm and
wrist and sent him to hospital with large medical bills.
As a result he has filed police brutality lawsuit against
the Bakersfield Police Department.

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2014/04/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 16, 2014

– a deaf person becomes president of a college

Jane K Fernandes, who is deaf, was selected to be the
next president of Guilford College in North Carolina.
Her first day on the job is July 1st. She was selected
to be Gallaudet president only to face campus unrest.
It forced the board to rescind her appointment. Why
Guilford and why not Gallaudet? It is a matter of
right fit – hearing people felt she was the right fit
for Guilford while deaf people felt she was a wrong fit
for Gallaudet. Right and wrong fits happens everywhere
with many leaders in colleges, businesses and corporations.

 

 

– hope for Deaf Stamp in 2017

Will there be a new Deaf Stamp in 2017? This is the
year the American School for the Deaf (West Hartford, CT)
(ASD) will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Deaf
Education in America. Spearheading the drive is Kenneth
S Rothschild and Albert Hlibok. They met up with a group in
West Hartford (Ed Peltier, Harvey Corson and Jeff Bravin)
to work on a proposal for the United States Postal Service’s
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to review. If all
goes well, the stamp would be shown on April 15, 2017.

 

– A big corporation helping the deaf in sports

In USA, our Deaflympics group is broke. Big American corporations
do not donate a cent to our deaf athletic groups, while they
donate millions of dollars to help the hearing athletes in the
Olympics. Well, in India, which is known for discriminating
against the deaf, the USHA International is becoming a corporate
partner of the All India Cricket Association for the Deaf.
Cricket is wildly popular in India as much as baseball is
in USA. What is USHA International? It is just like the
Procter & Gamble Co. in USA? Why not Procter & Gamble Co
help our deaf sports? They will laugh very hard at our faces!

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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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