In Memoriam...

 Coming soon - some photos and memories of those who are no longer physically present in my life.

Alan Champion - Interpreter, Teacher, Mentor, Friend

 Alan passed away on Friday, April 22, 2011 after a long battle with cancer of the appendix.  He was known to many as "Mr. Broadway" and had spent years teaching interpreters from all over the United States and the world how to bring a little of the Broadway magic back to their own communities.

Henry "Hank" Stack - Patron of the Arts,Teacher, Mentor, Friend

Hank was one of the most amazing people I have ever known. He was one of the first Deaf people I ever met in the community.  He had unfailing confidence in me - something I didn't really understand until later in our relationship.  He was the patriarch of the community for me. Every amazing opportunity I ever had in interpreting came from him. I can never thank him enough.

Hank passed away on 7/31/2002 after heart valve surgery.  He was brilliant, full of life, full of humor, humble, and had an amazing spirit. He is included in a website called "Life in Legacy" - you have to scroll down to find him.

Roby Starns - Best Friend, confidante, life of the party

Roby Starns died of complications from AIDS on January 8, 1996.   He was funny, talented, driven, loving, demanding, and the reason I started this blog in the first place.

We met in high school theatre.  When he contracted HIV in 1986, we were instantly bonded by the circumstances of his illness, the culture of the times and our own youthful fear.

I miss him daily.

Dean Cannavino - Actor, Mentor, Friend

Dean died on April 26, 1995.  


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