DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 27, 2011

— Is Netflix too slow for us?

Word is out that Netflix is listening to our requests
for more captions on their videos. Yet, this same word
is telling us that they are being slow with their
captioning work.

— Alabama legislature threatened with a lawsuit

According to Alabama Public Service Commission, the
lawsuit will be filed against the state if they pass
the bill to “steal” $30,000,000 from state relay funds
to pay for Alabama’s other bills. DeafDigest calls it
robbing Peter to pay Paul.

— Seattle tries to be the most movie-accessible city in USA

Two national movie chains Regal and Cinemark have been making
all of their Seattle movie houses more and more accessible to
meet the needs of the deaf. While these movies are not
open captioned, these theaters are providing special
eye glasses that shows closed captions for these deaf users.
This means every movie shown in these Seattle theaters are
converted to digital displays.

What about theaters in rest of USA, asides from Seattle only?
Well, it was just announced that Cinemark will install
captioning equipment in all of their California moviehouses
within two years.

— Elected deaf public official paying for his interpreters!

David Buxton, a deaf man, who has been elected to the
Epsom and Ewell town council in England, has interpreters for
the town council meetings. Unfortunately he pays for the
interpreters out of his pockets. He has asked the town to pay
for the interpreters and this request was refused. The town
says it is not breaking the law by not providing him with

— The oldest surviving member of the greatest deaf basketball
team of them all

Nebraska School for the Deaf was the smallest high school
in the state. Yet in 1931, the school basketball team went
29-0 and won the state all-classes basketball tournament
(both big and small schools). All of these players are
dead – except for one player.

It is Edwin Spatz, who is 96. After school graduation, he
became a farmer in Bruno, Nebraska (population 112),
working on his 200 acres of farming land.

First picture of Spatz, as a kid, standing in middle of back row

Second picture of a middle-aged Spatz, describing himself

(DeafDigest thanks Jim Revell, Tucson, Arizona for
providing the material)

— position opening in Pittsburgh
Residential Counselor
Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 20, 2011

– Gallaudet changing its name?

Gallaudet University changing its name? No, of course
not – but the metro stop within few minutes walk of
Gallaudet is the New York Avenue/Florida Avenue/Gallaudet
University. People are complaining that the name is
already too long. There is a proposal to change the
long name to NoMa!  NoMa? Do not know what it is.


– The Biggest Deaf Loser?

Many of us watch The Biggest Loser, this TV reality show about
overweight people trying to lose weight the most to win prizes.
Do we have a Deaf Biggest Loser? Possibly – as word is out that
Kevin Meyer and Michelle Weider, both with Boston’s DEAF Inc
service agency are hoping to be on the program.

– A past Gallaudet junior buying a farm

Roger Thompson attended Gallaudet during the late
sixties and early seventies. His goal was to own and operate
a farm after he graduated from Gallaudet. He majored in
Business Administration, but did something unusual that probably
no other Gallaudet students have ever done. As a junior
he bought a farm, even though he knew he had to wait until
he graduated to operate it full time! He is still farming –
starting out with hogs before shifting to crops. This farm
is located in Elmore, Minnesota, just close to the Iowa
state line.

– Communication between the Deaf and the Blind

We all know that it is not easy for the Deaf and the
Blind to communicate with each other. The Outside magazine,
however, has a great story about a Deaf surfing instructor
teaching a Blind person on how to surf the waves! This
magazine is for those into active-lifestyle and adventure-travel.

– What is going on with Gary Busey and Marlee Matlin
on “Celebrity Apprentice”?

Actor Gary Busey, very angry, calls ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
Teammates Backstabbers and Idiots. What is going on?
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Gary “thanked”
Marlee for saving his hearing. Marlee suggested that Gary,
who is slowly losing his hearing, get a hearing aid.
Taking the hint, Gary showed his appreciation. Now he is
angry at everyone. Is Marlee part of his anger?



– job announcement: Superintendent,
California School for the Deaf at Fremont

closing date: April 25, 2011

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