Mark Van Doren on the Death of a Good Man

Mark Van Doren was a good man who fathered a disgraced son.  In the lesson of the Van Dorens, we come to understand that goodness in a man is unequal and earned and not given and it is certainly not passed along by birthright.  When our friend, Alan Champion, died on Friday, those who knew him knew he was a good man, and the article I wrote about him in January of this year — “Alan Champion is Not Dead!” — proves beyond assumption and wondering that Alan was known, even tangentially, to be a good man; and we have empirical proof of such as seen below in the readership chart for the Memeingful blog in which my updated article about Alan appeared.  Alan died at 10:00am on the 22nd.  The 23rd is a Saturday.

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Alan Champion is Not Dead!

[UPDATE: April 22, 2011 — Alan Champion died this morning a bit after 10:00am. He died in Oklahoma with his sister by his side in the same bed in which his mother previously passed. Alan was 55. He died on Good Friday. We already miss him. Together, we will carry forward the glow of his talent into the bright future he blazed for us.]

Alan Champion is not dead!  A viral Facebook meme recently took off claiming Alan had finally succumbed to appendix cancer, but that rumor is false, and there’s video evidence to prove it!

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Juilliard Interpreter Training

[Publisher Update:  The Juilliard Interpreter Training program was discontinued in 2009. The aesthetic blow to the national Deaf community is, and was, devastating. — David W. Boles]

by Mariclare Mullane

Sign language interpreters from all over the country and Canada come to New York for one week in June to take part in “Interpreting for the Theatre.” During this week the interpreters work on improving every aspect of their work. This past June was the fifth annual year for the program, which is sponsored by the Theatre Development Fund, through its Theatre Access Project, and The Juilliard School. Seventeen students from twelve states were accepted into the program through videotaped auditions. The Theatre Access Project, a part of the nonprofit Theatre Development Fund, sponsors the program. The Theatre Access Project arranges for deaf theatergoers to attend shows at least once a month.

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