DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 29, 2010

– a big thrill for a deaf 14-year old sugar cane cutter
in Fiji

Aselemo Drotini, a 14-year old deaf boy from Fiji,
is a sugar cane cutter. The money he earns supports his
hearing family. Two hearing women from Australia were so impressed
with his work ethic, that they decided to give him a Holiday
Season gift – a free airplane ride from one island to another
island in Fiji.


– the “Annie” non-captioned movie in Texas interpreted
by sign language students

the sign language students at Houston Community College, for
their final exam, had to stand up and interpret the full “Annie”

Watching the movie, and the interpreting, was the students’
toughest critics – the deaf audience.

Not only the students had to interpret, they had to dress up for
characters in the film – Daddy Warbucks, in black tuxedo and
the orphans in gray or white shirts.

And these interpreters had to play out the music in the film.


– a fat Texas ex-governor tries to play deaf

Jim Hogg was a popular governor of Texas (1890-1895). He was not deaf.
And he was fat, weighing over 300 lbs.

He loved to play jokes. After he finished his term as the governor,
he went to New York on a business trip. Before his business meeting,
he went to a shoe stand to have his shoes shined.

The bootblack loved to talk. Hogg was not in the mood to talk and
told the bootblack, in gestures, that he was deaf. The bootblack
shut up.

A little boy came to the bootblack to sell him a newspaper.
The bootblack told the little boy not to talk to Hogg because of
his “deafness”.

The kid said:

Well, say, he’s a fat old hog, ain’t he?

Hogg heard the word “hog” which was pronounced the same as his
last name! Hogg had to shut up.


– a deaf student wins microcomputer car racing contest

The Japan Microcomputer Car Contest took place at Sapporo
two weeks ago.

Hearing students from 23 high schools in the Sapporo area
took part in the race. Almost 190 microcomputer cars were
entered in the race that is the lenth of half of the
football field.

The #1 winner was Ueda Yuki. He is deaf.

He will be entered in the national contest next month against
winners of other Japanese regions.


– an interpreter in trouble with the boss

An interpreter got into trouble with her boss, and it has nothing
to do with Code of Ethics.

Rather, the boss told the interpreter to leave her work with
the first deaf client and to go to another deaf client.

The interpreter refused because her work with the first client
was not finished (2 hour interpreting assignment)

The boss accused the interpreter of disobedience!



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 22, 2010


a 5-year old deaf kid giving Santa Claus his special wish

5-year old deaf child Antonio Sarnelli, of Jacksonville, Florida,
sat on Santa Claus’ lap and gave him his special wish.

What was that special wish?

A cochlear implant!


A deaf employee of a hospital makes hearing patients happy

Arturo Reyes, a deaf landscaper with the Sharp Grossmont Hospital
in San Diego, has his way of making hearing patients happy.

He cuts flower boquets from the hospital gardens and personally
delivers these to the patients in their rooms.

Arturo’s supervisor said the patients feel great about getting
these flower boquets.


What is the NAD asking Netflix to do?

* caption all Watch Instantly videos
* create quick search access for other captioned videos
* set reasonable fee rates

NAD urges you to email Catherine Fisher, Director,
Communications, Netflix, Inc with your concerns.
Her email address is cafisher@netflix.com


Marlee Matlin wants more deaf episodes on CSI

We have CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the
CSI: Miami and the CSI: NY, but Marlee wants
more deaf episodes to come up after the
Feb. 3rd episode of The Two Mrs. Grissoms.

Marlee has her supporters that agree with her
on more deaf episides within the CSI programs.


Hearing actor Steve Landesberg passes away;
he made history with a deaf character on a
TV episode

Steve Landesberg, the detective on the
famed captioned TV series Barney Miller,
has passed away. The series was popular
during the early eighties as one of the
earliest captioned TV programs.

In one Barney Miller episode, he arrested
a deaf woman for soliciting. That deaf
woman was acted by Phyllis Frelich. And
at the end of the story the deaf woman was
set free. Landesberg, as the cop, then
asked her out for a date!

It was probably the first time that a
TV story included a hearing character
ask a deaf character for a date.


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 16, 2010

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– number of students taking ASL classes grow fast and faster

According to the Modern Language Association of America, ASL
is the fourth most popular language in the classroom.

Look at this growth in number of ASL students:

1990 – 1,602
1995 – 4,304
1998 – 11,420
2002 – 60,781
2006 – 78,829
2009 – 91,763


– Speed Dating at Gallaudet !

Speed Dating among the hearing has been going on for
a while.

What about Deaf Speed Dating? This event took place recently
at Gallaudet.

The rules?
Just one rule – speaking is not permitted

All of these Speed Daters were deaf? No. There were some
hearing Speed Daters, but they all had to sign.

The disadvantage was that there were too many nosey
people on the campus that were curious as to what was
going on!


– a deaf uniformed officer, with K-9 dog, deals with agricultural
products at the Philadelphia Airport

If you happen to be at the Philadelphia Airport, be on the
look out for Melissa Wallace, a deaf woman who is an
uniformed agent with the US Customs & Border Protection Patrol.
She deals with agricultural products in the airplane
cargo section


– Back and forth between Chef and ASL interpreter

Rena Hobbs, a Coda fluent with ASL, is a chef at
the Heritage Hotel Resort and Conference Center
at Southbury, CT.

The Deaf Women of New England Conference took
place at the hotel last week. She then became
the conference interpreter.

When the conference ended, she went back to her
regular job as the hotel chef!

If you are at that hotel and order fish tacos,
these were cooked to perfection by her.


– another race for Luke Adams and his mother

Last year deaf Luke Adams and his mother appeared on
the TV show, The Amazing Race.

Luke became quickly popular among the deaf people
that watched this TV program.

While he and his mother did not win, they may be
invited to race again. There is a new program called
“Unfinished Business” and there is much talk in the
media that Luke and his mother will be part of that