Wednesday, March 19, 2008
St. Joseph's Day, 2008
Everyone keeps asking when I'll retire. And what do I DO at work all day? Today is the anniversary of the day I got the habit in the convent. I leapt over the wall and returned to the world four years later, but I'm on my 4th or 5th career now since that day in 1955...that's 53 years ago! Holy toledo!!
Here's a story I've been working on for the past couple of days for World Around You (WAY) magazine. World Around You was Cathy's creation. It used to be printed several times a year, but now it's gone online. It's an e-zine for deaf teenagers. My co-worker Tim is the editor, but I offer my services now and then.
Through the miracle of videophone (above), we interviewed Esther Dockter Frelich, the subject of our "Deaf Woman of the Month" article. (I say "we" because in the photo, it's my boss on the lower right-hand side of the screen, with Mrs. Frelich on the upper left. I am too shy to manage the videophone in ASL.) But it was my idea to write about Esther. The family has fascinated me ever since I worked with her son Tim on another project a couple of years ago. It helps that they are from North Dakota. ("North Dakota is my home, where the indians used to roam...North Dakota, North Dakota...whooooop!!!"--surely you recall that lovely melody!)
Anyway, it's both Women's History Month and Deaf History Month, so when we picked Esther, we had a double-header. Esther Frelich and her husband, Philip, produced nine outstanding deaf citizens who are all alumni of Gallaudet. For a university where about one graduate in ten has a job one year after graduation, the Frelich kids are batting nine for nine!! And they include one of the three noted deaf actresses in the U.S.: Phyllis Frelich, who won a Tony award for her performance as Sara in "Children of a Lesser God" on Broadway; Marlee Matlin (who won the Academy Award for the movie role); and Sesame Street's Linda Bove. The other siblings are outstanding in their chosen fields, too. Esther Frelich is truly a Deaf icon.