DeafDigest Blue – September 1, 2013

DeafDigest Blue - September 1, 2013

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2013/08/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 30, 2013

— deaf bulldozer drivers

Years ago a deaf magazine ran a story of a deaf bulldozer
driver. This week the Wall Street Journal said there is a
serious shortage of bulldozer drivers. Could young deaf men
drive bulldozers with training with interpreters? A deaf civil
engineer, who has worked on many construction sites said – yes,
there are opportunities for young deaf machine operators;
they will hit obstacles but they will succeed if they are good;
in good economy employers are forced to hire anyone to meet
labor demands

 

 

— deaf wrestler among the best in world in pro wrestling!

Louis Long, a deaf man, who wrestles professionally under
the name of Silent Warrior, has been named 495th best
wrestler in the world by the Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
Growing up he attended and graduated from St Mary’s
School for the Deaf. How big is he? – 6’2 and 220 lbs.
He wrestles with his mask on, never taking it off.
He gets very angry when people tell him pro wrestling
is fake. His real job, when not wrestling, is a culinary
chef with the First Niagara Center.

 

 

— audism fails again

Every year the people that work with dictionaries, especially
the Oxford Dictionary Online, will review new words and
new phrases to become official dictionary words. This week
Audism did not make it again. Audism, as a word, was invented
in 1975 – yet for 38 years, the dictionary people have
continued to reject it!

 

 

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2013/08/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 29, 2013

— a famous movie comedian hired a deaf person

Bill Murray, a well known movie actor/comedian, once
hired a deaf person as his personal assistant. It was
during the filming of the Groundhog Day, a 1993 comedy.
Bill knew no ASL and the deaf person only communicated
in ASL. Why was this happening? Bill, during the 1993
filming, was angry because of his bitter divorce. He was
ordered to hire a personal assistant. Shocking everyone
he hired a deaf person for no reason.

 

— a country that has no sign language!

Does Cambodia, an Asian nation, have sign language?
It is listed in the Wikipedia as having sign language,
but Charles Dittmeier, a priest that works with the
deaf, says there is no sign language. He is working
with Cambodian people to create a new sign language.
It is not easy because there are no deaf schools, no
deaf organizations and no deaf agencies! In other
words, no Deaf Cambodian culture!

 

— A deaf contestant on TV quiz show wins $33,000

Clare Napier, a deaf London woman, was on the British’s
Deal or No Deal TV quiz show, and won $33,000 (USA dollars).
She had a choice to go for $155,000, but decided to play it
safe and accept $33,000. She said the money will go towards
deposit on a house that she and her family wanted to buy.
She was a past member of the British women’s Deaflympics
soccer team that won a medal at Melbourne.

 

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2013/08/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 28, 2013

— a deaf dancer in TV dancing competition

Shaheem Sanchez, a deaf resident of Sacramento, California,
took part on the TV program – “Family Dance Off” aired on ABC
last week. He did not win.

 

 

— a very deaf-unfriendly restaurant in Las Vegas?

Is Capo’s Italian Steakhouse in Las Vegas the nation’s
most deaf-unfriendly restaurant? Hearing people entering
the restaurant must knock on the door and speak through the
voice speaker with the restaurant manager to be allowed
to enter. Why the knock on the door? High crime everywhere?
No! The restaurant uses the pre-1933 prohibition era secret
underground speakeasy as a theme. Not very convenient for
the deaf that want to taste these famous steaks!

 

 

— what happens if too many deaf people watch a movie?

What is going to happen if too many deaf people watch a
movie at Regal Cinemas in Lancaster (Pennsylvania). The
theater office has eight Captioning glasses. What happens
if the 9th deaf person shows up, and all the glasses have
been taken? Regal would probably say “it has never happened
that all eight glasses were taken” but one can never know!

 

 

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2013/08/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 27, 2013

— Google Glass – is it ready for captions?

Is the Google Glass ready for captions right now?
No, but possibly in the future. Google Glass is so new
that it may require Google engineers more time to
make more improvements on it. Right now, the cost
is $1,500 – which is too expensive just to watch
captions.

 

 

— Reading and the deaf

A team of researchers from University of New Mexico said
the deaf people have a hard time reading because reading
itself is a “new language” – and not because deaf cannot
hear sounds. Is this correct? Don’t know! There are many
hearing people that love to read; also many hearing
people that hate to read; again also many hearing people
cannot read at all! The same goes for the deaf!

 

 

— The Ultimate Fighter – new Fox TV series

The Fox TV network is coming up with a new TV program – called
The Ultimate Fighter. There will be 32 fighters on the program.
One of the fighters is Lee Sandmeier. He is deaf and comes from
Knoxville, Iowa (not Tennessee). Before winning a spot on the TV
program, he had 9 fights and won them all in the Mixed Martial
Arts competition. The program starts on September 4th.

 

 

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2013/08/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 26, 2013

— a nice comment by a blue collar deaf man

William Hallada, Greenfield, WI, passed away at the age of 96
last week. He worked for nearly 40 years as a machinist for
a factory that built forklifts, trucks and loaders. While much
younger he was active hearing people – bowling, horse shoes,
fast pitch softball, and basketball in Port Washington.
He said – “I made many hearing friends through playing sports”.
Port Washington is a small town of about 10,000 people. For
him, sports was a way to mingle with and to know the hearing.
Growing up, he attended Wisconsin School for the Deaf.

 

 

— very easy to turn on open captioned movie!

We all love theater open captioned movies and we all hate
theater closed captioned movies (captioned glasses). It
is very easy to turn on open captioned movie. All it
needs is a special open caption option key from the
movie studio. That easy? Yes, but movie houses won’t do it.

 

 

— a hearing midwife tried to get a deaf midwife fired!

Louise Westwood, not deaf, and a midwife, filed a formal
complaint against a deaf midwife that worked at the Cotswold
Maternity Unit in Chipping Norton in Great Britain. Westwood
said the deaf midwife was careless in her work with the
mothers and newborn children. After hearing both sides in
a court room, the judge in favor of the deaf midwife, and she
kept her job. Westwood is very angry about it.

 

 

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