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January 31, 2005

News for you- February 1, 2005-

From: HLO/WRAD - Jan 31, 2005

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT- Our organization WRAD, Inc. has a website and you can visit it at Thanks to Reynaldo llarena to design it. We welcome updates, news, and comments. Thank you.
Bruce Gross, WRAD, Inc. CEO

Featured news/activities:

1. Reminder- D/HH Gathering at the Farmers Market/ The Grove, LA- Friday February 4
2. Mardi Gras Deaf/ HH Party- Saturday February 5th- Huntington Beach, CA
3. Brazilian Carnaval at the Queen Mary- Saturday February 12, Long Beach, CA
4. A Look Back at Olympic Fencing

Reminder- WRAD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Gathering at the Grove/ Farmers Market
Friday February 4th--- NOT ON SATURDAY. This is a new date to have the event the first Friday of the month.
6pm to 11pm. Meet at Coffee Bean Venue next to the Farmers Market Big Tower Clock. ( Near 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles)
Free Admission but pay parking for a fee at the parking lot with a validation if you purchase something or eat at Farmers Market.
Most restaurants at Farmers Market close at 9pm but others at the Grove remain open late. Come one come all. Meet old and new friends. Many international deaf and hard of hearing people come there too. Hearing people are welcome too.
This activity is open to anyone without any discrimination.

Def- Mike Productions present MARDI GRAS Madness on Saturday February 5th, 2005--- For Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Their Friends. About 400 expected to show up.
Ages 21 and over welcome.
Two bars!!!
Old World Tavern, 7561 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
Dancing, DJ Music, and Light Shows by DJ Def-Mike and DJ Deaf Joey
Costume and Bead Contests with cash prizes!!!
More info, email
Brazilian Carnaval at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Saturday February 12, 2005. 8pm to 2am.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Group with WRAD will have a discount- $3 off regular admission if you contact WRAD at Regular admission price is $35 but through WRAD it is only $32. Stunning Samba Dancers, Non stop dancing, Watch the Carnaval aired live on big screens from Rio in Brazil. All ages welcome. For more info contact WRAD at

by Stan Griffin

Another one of very few deaf Olympic athletes was a fencer named Ildiko Uslaky-Rejto, a Hungarian born deaf in Budapest (1937).

She began fencing at age 15. Her coaches communicated with her by writing instructions on paper to give her when she was between training sessions. She eventually became one of the best female fencers in the world, hitting her peak in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

In 1956-1957 she was the junior world foil champion.

In 1958, she was Hungarian foil champion.

In 1963 she was World foil champion.

Ildiko took part in every Olympiad from 1960-1972: five of them. She won a total of seven medals: two gold, three silver, and two bronze and is considered one of the greatest female fencers in Olympic history.

At her first, the 1960 Rome Games, she won a silver medal as a member of Hungary’s foil team.. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team foil events. At the 1968 Mexico City Games, she won an individual bronze and a team foil silver. At Munich in 1972 she won a silver medal in the team foil, and at Montreal in 1976 a bronze medal in the team foil.

She was still competing as late as 1999 when she won the women’s foil title at the World Veterans Championships (fencers over 60).

She is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.