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                                                                                 Gently Gathering Dust

5th Anniversary Seal posted on the home page for 5 months,
August to December, 2006.

One small step for a man,
one GIANT step for mankind
July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong
August 5, 1930 - August 25, 2012

Gary Hunnings is home from the hospital and is
recovering nicely
Harold Deuel is Champion of the 2012 Florida Deaf
Golfers Association Tournament

Merry Christmas from Jim Gibbs

Go to this fb page and click on the video link
above the title "Caroling from DEAF of LA"

Happy 50th Birthday to The Bugler!
Banner celebrating The Bugler on the front page from the winter to spring 2006
NCSD Museum Receives Large Donation
Banner celebrating the Simpson's donation on the front page from December 2005 to spring 2006
NCSD President of Student Body Government, has Open Letter
From Morganton's The News Herald
Regarding Budget Woes Over the Closing/Merging of NCSD, ENCSD & the
Governor Moorhead School for the Blind

Posted May 26, 2009 - June 14, 2009

Congrats to Classmate Randy for the 40th Anniversary Football
Banquet being featured in a four page spread in The Bugler!
Way to go, Bugler!
Above note posted mid-December 2008 thru mid-February 2009

Deaf, Blind Schools Could Get Funding Back May 14, 2010
DHHS Says School May Have to Close April 27, 2010
The Fight to Save NCSD Roars On! April 20, 2010

The below items were pulled from other areas of the website and placed here in no specific order.

VRS is now threatened, do your
part by studying the issues

before sending your comments
to the FCC. The FCC is asking
for comments from the Deaf
community, which must be sent
by June 30, 2007. So, please,
make your comments nice and

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Relief 2005
NCSD mentioned twice in DeafDigest's Gold Edition April 25, 2004 SITTING ON VALUABLE PROPERTY
Either by design or by accident, some residential schools for the deaf sit on valuable property, coveted either by private developers or by government zoning planners.

An example would be the 454-acre tract belonging to North Carolina School for the Deaf, but unused by the students but which sits next to a watershed that is part of the South Mountain State Park. This issue was brought up by the state legislators - discussing ways to protect the school property.

The article DeafDigest received this information was from the January/February 2004 issue of The Bugler.

This same DeafDigest issue also mentioned the infamous Main Building ghost story from the same Bugler issue.

Kudos to the DeafDigest editor!

 Congratulations to Harold Deuel!

Retiring after over 30 years of coaching and refereeing in wrestling. Not only was he featured in two pages in the January/February issue of The Bugler, he was also mentioned in the May 16th issue of the DeafDiqest's Gold Edition.

The NCSD Class of 1970 extends kudos to Mr. Deuel.
(May/June 2004)

to Steve Warren!
The NCSD Alumni Association, Inc. has inducted Steve Warren to the NCSD Athletic Hall of Fame for 2003. He was awarded a plaque for his past contribution to NCSD Athletics.  The award presentation took place during the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at the Community House on Kings St. in Morganton on Friday, October 3rd, 2003.

What is MoPix?
It is a name that combines rear window for the deaf and audio description for the blind. Do keep in mind there are different ways of showing movie captions. And
MoPix is one of these several ways.


March 24, 2003 was a special day honoring the deaf-blind.
The state of Alabama started distributing the 2003 Alabama quarter coin for every day use. This
coin bears the portrait of the world's most famous deaf blind woman Helen Keller. She was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880.


-Famous Quotes-

The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war
 -- Douglas MacArthur

Aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war.
-- John F. Kennedy

'In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing.The worst thing you can do is nothing.'
--Theodore Roosevelt

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and
success of liberty."
--John F. Kennedy

Were the Wright brothers the real pioneers of powered flight oris Richard Pearse the real pioneer aviator? Click here and decide for yourself.

Former president Bill Clinton has a hearing loss, and wears a hearing aid. What caused his hearing loss? His fondness for loud music, cultivated over years of listening to these tunes.

Would his induced hearing loss serve as warning for teenagers that crave loud music? Sad to say, the answer is no.

There is a movie house in Annapolis that shows open captioned films on a regular basis (though on a Sunday/Monday schedule that many deaf patrons do not like). The movie house, after trial and error, has learned to be accommodating. What this means is that the lights are turned on to allow the deaf to congregate and chat with each other before the movie starts.

Also, that there are no commercial lead-ins on the screen. All so pointless since chatting deaf will ignore what is being shown on the pre-movie screen.

And lastly, the movie house manager solicits email addresses of these deaf moviegoers to establish a mailing list to announce future captioned movie showings.








Q. Why were the first two bricks
laid on May 16, 1892 to build the
new North Carolina School for
the Deaf campus in Morganton,
considered to be symbolic?

A. Superintendent Col. Samuel
McDowell believed that the
school mission was to educate
the deaf - and to stress his point
he picked two deaf children from
the old Raleigh campus to lay
down the first two bricks of the
new building. DEAFDIGEST GOLD Edition - JANUARY 18, 2004
A note to Everyone! October 5, 2004
I want to take this opportunity
to thank everyone for their
wonderful comments about this
website during the
Homecoming. It makes doing
this project worth the while.

I'm on the road this week, but
when I get back, I'll be adding
more pictures that I received
from Richard Glover during my
visit with him last night.

Stay tuned and thanks again for
visiting us in our little corner in
the internet.

NCSD to Receive Funds for Renovations. Click here to read article from The News Herald.

Deaf Digest
is an excellent weekly e-mail newsletter concerning current deaf events and issues. It also has Deaf history, sports, and mini-profiles of Deaf people who has contributed to the Deaf and public culture. They produce two issues a week, a Gold and Blue editions. I have culled a few interesting articles and posted them below for your benefit. If you would like to subsbribe, go to:


North Carolina governor Mike Easley hit the newspaper headlines but for an interesting reason - he crashed a race car into the wall at a race track. He was driving to solicit funds from sponsors, earmarked for the Communities in Schools, an anti-drop out program.

Nothing wrong with that program - but remember North Carolina has two residential schools for the deaf, and only closed up a third school few years ago. These schools and other programs for the deaf in the state are starved for state funds. Yet these race track sponsors do not hesitate to donate money for other causes, but not for deaf-related causes. This is what troubles the DEAFDIGEST editor.
From: Deaf_digest
Sat, 17 May 2003 22:44:13 -0400 (EDT)


That federal government would set up a new funding program for TV programs for the deaf - same as with funding for captions and for captioned films.
From: Deaf_digest
Sun, 20 Apr 2003 22:16:39 -0700 (PDT)


At one time we had three thriving Deaf TV shows - "Hey, Listen", shown in Rochester, NY, "Deaf Mosaic" produced by Gallaudet University and the "Kaleidoscope", not really all-deaf but a program for the disabled which included the deaf and shown on a cable network.
No more. Lack of money needed to keep these programs going is the reason. Moaned one director "it costs my department too much money to keep the program going. Said another director "the audience was huge, the need was so great, but the bills couldn't be paid."
DeafDigest Blue - April 6, 2003


What is a level wireless playing field for the deaf? Look at a walkie-talkie, a 2-way radio and a cell phone. These three devices are not the same - but they're all wireless.

A walkie-talkie is a small 2-way radio that operates on a battery. A 2-way radio has a transmitter and a receiver and may or may not be portable, and may be based in a house or a vehicle. A cell phone is a telephone that is operated by radio and is connected to a normal land-line telephone system.

Any of these adapted and modified for use by the deaf? This what is meant by we needing a level wireless playing field for the deaf.
DeafDigest Blue - March 30, 2003

Last week's DEAFDIGEST mentioned Klingon as one of the languages the Multnomah County (Oregon) officials were requesting interpreters for. It was supposed to accommodate mentally ill patients fluent in Klingon.

It was learned that Klingon was taken off the language list, the county officials being duped by this joke of a request. Point continues to remain the same - if the county officials would immediately recognize Klingon as a language in need of interpreters, then they should also immediately recognize ASL.

What about KSL - Klingon Sign Language? We have many deaf
people that love to watch Star Trek programs on TV.
Sun, 25 May 2003 05:50:42 -0400 (EDT)
To subscribe go to

More young hearing children are learning sign language, as a way to help develop their communication skills. This is a great way of recognizing the value of sign language. But there may be an irony, especially if the sign-language learning hearing child goes deaf in later years.

The parents may then feel that while sign language learning is great for a hearing child, they may forbid their deafened child to continue with sign language!

Would sign language then be considered good enough for the hearing
but not good enough for the deaf?
From: DEAFDIGEST GOLD - MAY 11, 2003
Mon, 12 May 2003 01:43:11 -0400 (EDT)


Click here for an interesting article about Solar Storms.
Remember the blackout of the northeast USA in August? Well, here's what it looked like from space!
            DEAF HISTORY -
            LOOKING BACK:
Year 1965 - Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf at Wilson opens its doors to admit its first student.

What's interesting here is that my brothers, David and Kim were two of the many first students entering ENCSD that year. This was also the same year that your webmaster entered NCSD.
Around about 1967-1969, we had a class day trip to a battleground as part of our history class. Do ya'll remember which battlefield we went to?
The answer is from Jeannie Parris:
The name of battleground that Mrs.
Taylor took us for history class -
Kings Mountain Battleground. By
the way, we sort of were part of
Class of 1970 until we skipped 8th
grade to high school (9th grade)
Class of '69'.
Remember NCSD's Saturday Night at the Movies?
Who determined the movies to be shown? Does anyone know?
Sunday Morning Chapel Services....what ever happened to the monies after the plate was passed around? No one could tell me where the money went, so I left my money in my pocket.
 Q. What football team, in the 1986 season, was featured on the ESPN TV network?
A. Eastern North Carolina SD, off to a 4-0 start, was featured on the national cable program. Then the team cooled, losing next 4 games while the athletic director quit for a new job and injuries and suspensions forced them to play one game with just 11 players and no subs. The team righted themselves, winning the last two games.

And came the shocking news, the superintendent, who didn't like football, closed up the program without consulting with the coaches and the athletic staff.
DEAFDIGEST GOLD Edition - JULY 27, 2003
Investigation Continues into the Breakup of Columbia

History of the space shuttle Columbia, the oldest orbiter
in the Shuttle fleet...

The Columbia Accident Investigation Board

CNN Special Report - Lost: Space Shuttle Columbia has an extensive amount of links to various reports. Be prepared to spend some time on these links.

In the middle of this page, you will see a Special Report containing 10 links concerning the demise of the Space Shuttle Columbia, again, be prepared to spend some time on these links.

NASA Human Space Flight

And finally, do you know what happened just over 30 years ago? Find out the surprising anniversary we passed in December.

Deaf History can be interesting. High ranking individuals start at the bottom and then work on their way up over the years.

Mary E. Switzer, who was not deaf, graduated from college and began her long career in the federal government. Her first job - as file clerk, did not start off well; in fact she was fired for incompetence. Refusing to give up, she found another job as mimeograph operator (equivalent to today's photocopy operator).

She worked her way to the top over the years and became the administrator of the old Social and Rehabilitation Service at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW). She worked closely with associate Boyce Williams and they came up with an idea of a National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).

The rest is history, thanks to that one-time fired file clerk. She passed away in 1971.
Sun, 4 May 2003 22:51:44 -0700 (PDT)

An almost 1.000 batting average in the state of Nebraska, which suffers from the dubious distinction of being one of the few states in USA without a residential school for the deaf.

The newsletter distributed by the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing printed a listing of local TV stations which provide closed captioning. Of the 17 TV stations polled, 16 of them responded, saying that closed captioning is provided.

The 17th TV station, in the town of Gering, did not respond. Either the Gering station has closed captioning but did not respond, or that this station does not have closed captioning and did not bother to respond.
Hence, the almost 1.000 batting average.

Quotable Quotes
Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.'~Braveheart

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.
~Louis E.Boone

Reality is merely an illusion; albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. - Woody Allen (1935-)

Do; or do not. There is no try. - Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. -
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy








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