Joe Rosenthat, WWII Photographer

 Deaf Anthology supports the efforts of a group of veterans and photographers in their effort to petition the government asking that the Navy newest warship be named after Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthat, known for his famous image of six Marines raising the American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, which won a Pulitzer Prize that year.

St. Petersburg School for the Deaf #31 (Russia)

Nina Ivanova                                                Alexej Ganilin

 Not long ago, Gary Fitts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin wrote an article for the Russian-American newspaper, Novoye Rysskoye Slovo, based in New York City, about his sponsorship that allowed two deaf children from Russia to visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Alex Beznogov, 14, and Dmitri Sibnev, 11, students at a school for the deaf in St. Petersburg, Russia, were able to come to America thanks to the assistance of Fitts.
According to Fitts, Dimitri was born in Azerbaijan, and his father is a colonel in the Russian artillery division. Alex's grandparents live on the Black Sea, where he spends his summers.
As a rusult of an article by Fitts, a Russian immigrant now living in San Francisco donated two IBM computers to the school in St. Petersburg. The donor, Svetlana Kondreachova, owns a small business in San Francisco. 
Fitts traveled to Russia for a week to present the computers to the school. One of the computer is now being used in the office of the school's director.
"I appreciate the wonderful support of all the Russian-American immigrants in this country," said Fitts. "As they start a new life in America, they do care about the country they left, especially the deaf children. This is what makes our nation great!

Deaf Adventurers: Harry Potter Tours (Britain)

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Gallaudet University Alumni Association - Wisconsin Chapter 
Harry Potter  Tour (Britain)

Book now for your exclusive opportunity to make your favorite legend come to life!  Mr. Rankin, who brings the character "Percy Weasley" to life in the Harry Potter movies, will spend an entire day with you, your family and friends when he hosts the Medieval Banquet, and participates in a Question and Answer session.
Don't miss your chance for an extraordinary experience! 
Trip Dates are April 10-15, 2004. 
trainDescribed as “An enchanted tour through Britain, from King Arthur to Harry Potter, it is designed to be anything but a stereotypical tour.” Denver Post, June 15, 2003. You can experience Britain like this….but only with ____________
 Tour activities are designed for adults as well as children, and include a visit to the Tower of London where we explore the heritage of wizards and magical creatures in British literature and a Treasure Hunt through the city, complete with maps and clues given by our costumed guides. Our storyteller will snare you in a web of enchantment as she weaves tales from literary greats such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling. Oxford, York, Medieval Banquets, dragon-slaying lessons, Viking Feasts and a very special train ride even Harry would love…what more could a parent or grandparent offer a favorite child for a holiday present!
Trip Includes:
  • Accommodations at 4-star hotels including swimming pools in London and York
  • All transportation by luxury motor coach to London, Oxford, and York
  • Fully qualified Blue Badge Guide
  • World-class Storyteller
  • Admissions to the Tower of London, Jorvik Viking center, and Christ Church College
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners including medieval banquet and Viking feast
  • Dragon-slaying classes
  • Potions Class
  • Treasure hunt
  • Journey on the North York Moors Railway (Hogwarts Express in films)
  • Time off for adults while kids enjoy a pajama party
Note: These tours I what I done in the past when I was President of GUAA/Wisconsin Chapter fifteen years ago, maybe we can do something like this in the future.
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ASD: Girls' Basketball

American Era (1947) Deaf girls are not just cheerleaders, they can play sports just as well as the boys, even having a league of their own. If the boys are having a losing season, the fans gave up on them and would rather watch the girls play instead.

Captain Simons is the one holding the basketball in this team photo and my Deaf sister, Loretta, is next to her. 


Deaf Adventurers:2018 Deaf Recreational Group Tours (Italy)




FALL 2018

Roundtrip Orlando - Milan
Airport transfers
Railroad transportation Milan - Verona
3 nights in Milan and 5 nights in Verona
dinners at popular local restaurants
Leonardo da Vinc "Last Supper" vouchers 


Gary A. Fitts, Blogger

Deaf Adventurers: 2019 Deaf Photography Group Tours (Cuba)



⦁ Roundtrip Orlando - Havana 
⦁ Airport transfers 
⦁ 5 nights in Havana
 ⦁ Cuban cigar factory tour vouchers 
⦁ pedacab tours
 ⦁ dinner at a local popular restaurant 


Gary A. Fitts, Blogger

Deaf Adventurers: Deaf Magician Matt Morgan Show






TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017  6 - 8 PM



Gary A. Fitts, Blogger

Dorm Tales: Chess

Blizzards sometimes prevents our Deaf children from going home on weekends, creating hazardous road conditions, disrupting rail schedules, etc. When the temperatures are way below zero, so had to keep the boys indoors, teaching them new games such as chess. I read that a chess grandmaster is coming to Brookfield Square to play against 25 players simultaneous, anyone who beats him wins a free chess set. It's a great opportunity so I asked Larry if he'll accept the challenge and tag along Marty. It was awesome watching both Larry and Marty at that table facing one of the world's greatest  chess grandmasters, an experience of a lifetime. The grandmaster says "good game," shaking their hands after the game.
My late Deaf brother, Buster, a linotypist with the New York Times, taught me how to play chess when I was a kid. He always play chess during breaks at work, studying books of chess stratagies, building antique chess tables in his workshop. I once had him play, set on the grandmaster level, chess on an Atari game console, and was surprised that a even computer couldn't beat him. 
Larry burst into tears when I met him again fifteen years later at a bar during the Deaf bowling tournament in Milwaukee. He wasn't drunk, he was just crying while telling me those days were the happiest years of his childhood when he was in my dorm, thanking me for teaching him chess and everything else. I was taken aback, he taught me something at that moment, that Larry wasn't just a troublemaker after all but a great kid.
I would like to see Deaf schools established chess teams and send them to the annual Junior National Chess Championships hosted by the U.S. Chess Federation. I also challenge any Deaf schools to start a fundraising drive, seeking donations from local business and organizations, to send a team to play against Russian Deaf schools. I once visited a Deaf school in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) where all the Deaf boys in the dorms are playing chess. One nine years old Deaf Russian boy, Denis, whom I play chess with later became my son and came to America.  

Arpad E. Elo, a native of Hungary and a professor of psychics at Marquette University,  devised the system that ranks the world's chess players, and a founder of the United States Chess Federation. Yes, he faced the young Bobby Fisher back in 1957. I think Gary Kasparov of Russia, a former world champion, whose rating of at least 2790 is the highest ever, unless I'm behind the news. Elo also set up chess programs for children in the Milwaukee area, Marty and Larry probably the only Deaf to play against the late world champion grandmaster Arpad E. Elo

ASD: Football

American Era (1949) Our football team had a poor season this year with six losesand no victories. In addition our brilliant record of straight victories over some schools for the deaf on our field were shattered when the New Jersey School for the Deaf boys being our guests humiliated us last month.
formation was given to the boys for the first time and was enjoyed by them after they learned the ideas of using deception and timing. Throughout the season much substitution was made in order to give each boy on the squad the profit of sportsmanship, cooperation and experience, and no serious injuries resulted.
All but Donald Wetzel and Jack Culligan  will return next year and they aresure that they will do better with the new "T" formation.
ASD      O     BERLIN HIGH SCHOOL           6
ASD      O      NEW BRITAIN J.V.                    6
ASD      6      CANTON HIGH SCHOOL         7
ASD      O      NEW YORK S.D.                       26
 ASD     O      NEW JERSEY S.D.                    13 
ASD      7       FARMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL      26

NOTE:  Buster, my Deaf brother, is on the ASD football team.

ADA: Basketball

American Era (1950) The American School for the Deaf lost a tough game to Farmington High School after losing the lead in the third period, snapping a two games winning streak. It was Farmington fifth straight victory. My Deaf brother, Buster (Shorty) "reaches up among the clouds" to block a shot, taking over the ball and passing it to his teammates to score.  

ASD: Poem

AMERICAN ERA (1947) The wife of ASD superintendent Boatner wrote a poem about Gallaudet that was signed during a program in honor of Thomas Gallaudet, gathering in front of the famous Daniel French's sculpture of our founder with Alice Cogswell, along with the descendants of Thomas Gallaudet among us. He was a little boy like me Many, many years ago- And when a man, He crosses a sea, And learned to sign, And help mankind. Thus bringing joys To deaf girls and boys, 

Many, many years ago.
He was a little boy like me    
Many, many years ago-
And when a man, 
He crosses a sea,
And learned to sign,
And help mankind.
Thus bringing joys
To deaf girls and boys,
Many, many years ago

ASD: Troop 78

AMERICAN ERA (1946) In the last few years many schools for the deaf have been welcoming and using the Girl Scout program as part of their physical, mental and social in promoting better citizenship. It has been demonstrated that the real value of Girl Scouting can be ascertained by deaf girls as readily as by hearing girls. Juliette Low, the Founder of Girl Scouting in the United States, was herself profoundly deaf. Conscious of her own handicap, she enthusiastically planned what Girl Scout mean to the physically handicapped as well as to the normal. The basic principle for Girl Scouting for a deaf girl, as stated in the "Child's Bill of Rights" at the White House Conference in 1930,of her right"To grow up in a world which does not set her apart, but which welcomes her exactly as it welcomes every child, which offers her identical privileges and identical responsibilities." Scouting is the deaf girl's heritage. Here is an opportunity for the deaf child to be a member of a world-wide organization on a equl basis with the hearing girl.In the Scouting program the deaf child gains the satisfaction of being a large group working for the same pin, ranks and badges as thousands of other girls. She gain self-confidence in her competition with the hearing youth. Scouting discourages any feeling of being different, of inferiority, of lack of ability. In fact it discourages all those detrimental habits that handicapped children often display. They can have the sense and pride of doing the same things other girls do, just as they do it. In using the Scouting program in institution, some adaptions are necessary. The activities chosen have to be considered from their proper relationship with other activities in the school, and have to be interesting and suitable to the group as a whole, rather than to the individual alone. Meeting those requirements, a Scouting program enthusiastically participated in it by a group of deaf girls is a boost to the morale of the whole institution. When the Girl Scout laws of honor, duty to God and country, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, courteous, obedience, cheerfulness, thriftiness and cleanness, become through practice the guide post in the life of a group of girls in a residential school, cooperation with the rules and regulations becomes part of the game and tends to permeate the whole school. The Scouting program providdes new interests, new incentives, increased social adjustment, a healthy attitude toward the handicap of deafness, and the feeling of sameness and fellowship with youths all over the nation. In an institution where much of the living of the girls must be geared to a routine established by adults, Scouting offers a refreshing period in which the girls can share in the planning and responsibility of a program of varied activities. It gives them the added benefits that arises from social-mingling with girls of other troops. Their contacts and rivalries with hearing girls as such as to make them forget their handicap, feel pride in their abilities andd accomplishments, and increase their self-confidence.

Note: Loretta, my Deaf sister,is a member of ASD Troop 78 (1946)