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Deaf Digest Gold – October 16, 2011

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FAMOUS ACTOR SPENCY TRACY HAUNTED BY DEAFNESS Spencer Tracy, who died in 1967, is one of the world’s most famous actors. A British newspaper ran a long piece on him this week. In brief, it said that Spencer, stuck in an unhappy marriage with his long time wife, never left her for his true love – Katharine Hepburn. Reason was that he felt so guilty over giving birth to a deaf son – John Tracy and did not want to overburden his wife! This was why the wife founded the famed John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. And history is full of ironies. The clinic advocated oral method of education. But John, who never really dealt too well with his deafness, was sent to Gallaudet University during the early sixties! John, who was much older than the average student, did not fit in with the Deaf Culture on the campus and was an outcast.  John’s roommate told DeafDigest editor, at that time, that John lacked knowledge for the most common morning tasks – selecting the color of socks to put on, unsure of which class to attend that day, not knowing where the cafeteria was, etc. It was because John, for all of his life, was surrounded by butlers and servants that took care of all of his needs! At any rate, John only stayed a semester and left.

ADRIAN MONK’S PHOBIAS While the Monk TV series have been canceled in 2009, the re-runs are still being shown on some cable networks. The Adrian Monk, character, played by Tony Shalhoub, was a former San Francisco police detective who did consulting work on homicide cases on behalf of the police department. Anyway, Monk was said to have exactly 312 phobias, such as germs, dentists, sharp objects, etc, etc. And interestingly enough, out of the 125 Monk episodes, none of the 312 phobias was identified as DeafPhobia (fear of the deaf)!

LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO (all videos are captioned)

http://deafdigest.com/videos/onlinedegrees/

Do enjoy viewing that video! All videos, old and new, are always captioned.

OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING We have many, many organizations, international, national and local that serve deaf and hard of hearing people. One such organization is:

New Mexico Association of the Deaf

Visit: http://deafdigest.com/new-mexico-association-of-the-deaf/

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

I cannot hear anything with the hearing aid

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

Residents move into hearing impaired homes

For many years we used to call our homes – The Deaf Home

Now should we change it to – The Hearing Impaired Home?

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