DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 25, 2012

— Did a Chinese company insult Helen Keller?

Xiamen Jinzhi, a Chinese sunglasses manufacturer,
produced a “Helen Keller” sunglasses model.
This is strange. Helen Keller was deafblind
and had no need for for sunglasses and was not
worried about fashion and style. The manufacturer
said it respects Keller’s spirit of life, and
thought sunglasses would be honoring her.Insult?
Puzzling? Weird?

— Old Alexander Graham Bell letters in auction

Alexander Graham Bell wrote an 8-page letter to a woman
in the late 19th century, discussing issues on education
of the deaf. How valuable is that letter? An appraiser
said such letters may be valued between $1,000 and
$1,400 if sold at auction or at estate sales.

— Regal’s new captioned eyeglasses

Regal Entertainment became famous in the past for
not captioning their movies. Now they are introducing
special eyeglasses that shows movie captions on the
glass.  It will be ready in all Regal movie houses
next year. What about people that wear regular
eyeglasses? How will this work (eyeglasses plus
captioned eyeglasses)? And if these captioned
eyeglasses are handed down from a deaf user to
another deaf user, is it clean and sanitary?


 — Truth about wrong signs by Depp and Portman in
a British musical video

Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp used some signs
in Paul McCartney’s My Valentine song. For the
word “appear” they signed “tampon” and for the
word “Valentine” Depp signed “enemy.” Who taught
these signs? Bill Pugin taught them few signs
at the last minute. Pugin, an interpreter, is
well known by deaf and hearing in Hollywood.
Did Pugin teach them ASL or British Sign Language?
ASL and BSL are not the same. This sign-song
was shown in England, and British deaf do not use

— Hand Signal to tell deaf swimmers that a race has started

Some deaf swimmers were the best – Jeff Float and Terence
Parkin won medals in the Olympics. Reed Gershwind was a
4-time NCAA swimming All-American. They raced by listening
to starters’ pistols (very really loud). Last week
Marcus Titus, who is hoping to make the USA Olympics team,
convinced USA Swimming to use hand signal to tell him
the race has started. Which is better – heads down, listening
for loud blast from gun or heads up, watching for the
hand signal? DeafDigest swimmers swim faster with starter’s
gun, not with hand signal.

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 11, 2012

— Was Alexander Graham Bell really a bad person?

Many people hate Alexander Graham Bell for two
reasons; he supported oralism; he thought deaf
people should not marry each other. Yet, he had
a brillant mind with many ideas – the phonograph,
boating technology, taking salt out of seawater,
the National Geographic Magazine, etc, etc.
This is the reason why he and Thomas Edison,
the famous deaf inventor, hated each other
(jealousy). And remember, his telephone made TTY
possible many years later.


— A deaf soccer player thrown out of game for not
obeying the whistle!

Philip John Dolan is a deaf member of a hearing
soccer team in Scotland. In a game last week, he
thought he scored a goal and jumped up, happy.
The referee blew the whistle just before the score.
Philip, not knowing the whistle, still jumped around.
The angry referee threw him out of the game. The team
did warn the referee, before the game, that Philip
was deaf. But the referee ignored it. The team is
filing a protest with the league headquarters. The
referee refused to answer questions from a newspaper.


— a 86-year old deaf woman got a letter telling her
of her apartment eviction on Christmas Day

A 86-year old deaf woman received a letter from the
Toronto Community Housing Authority (TCHA). It told her
she would be evicted from her apartment on Christmas Day!
Her angry neigbhors accused TCHA of being cruel to
her and violating her human rights. TCHA backed off and
allowed her to stay. And the Canadian Hearing Society
stepped in, trying to resolve this issue.


— A deaf woman wins a TV reality show contest

Chivonne Chapman, who is deaf, with husband Adam, not
deaf, competed against three other hearing couples on
the popular British TV reality show – Four Weddings.
They won the top prize, a free honeymoon. As with other
reality shows, these participants vote on several
questions. Chivonne said that Adam helped the win the
contest because he learned enough signs to improve his
communications with her. Does it look fishy? (How did
he communicate with her while they were dating?)


— Cost of captioned commercials during the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is Big Time business. A 30-second commercial
cost is $3.5 million dollars, sometimes $4.0 million
dollars. Many commercials are not captioned. Why? The
TV people say captioning is “very” expensive. Truth is
that captioning work is about $125.00 for each 30-second
commercial. The TV people are trying to fool us by saying
they go broke on money spent on captioned commercials!
To see the captioning costs, look at: