Los Angles deaf man Hyman Krakover - From the Harry G. Lang
Collection At SMECC...
We believe he obtained it from the
Barry S. states: " I lived in Los Angeles for a short time
and was acquainted with Hyman, but
that was before TTYs came in fashion. A regular fellow and a quiet time,
not the one to attract attention to himself. He faded away from the scene
by the time I became Exec Dir. Am surprised about him because it was Joe
Slotnick who was a prime mover with the TTY machines in the Los Angeles
area. Really don't know too much about Hyman's involvement."
Joe Slotnick tells us: "...Photo of Hyman Krakover shows him in his workshop in his garage in
Beverly Hills. I myself taught him the fundamentals of M15/19 machines
operation and helped set him up in his workshop. He died some 20 or so
years ago, I believe. When Joel L. Webber Sr. applied to me to
"learn them machines" I instructed him to go to Krakover and
learn the rudiments. Webber was more or less the first purely manual
deaf person I ever met face to face; he used ASL. (He is also gone
nowadays) Krakover was a lipreader and easier for me to communicate
with. Later Webber complained that he was learning nothing from Krakover,
so I rolled up my sleeves, took out pencil and paper and showed Webber
the basics in my own garage. I say that my knowledge of and use of sign
language sprang up from working with Webber... Watching him scribbling
away his order to waiter in a restaurant I scratched my head and said to
myself: "Hey, that guy makes no bones about being deaf, while I
myself try very hard to hide it!" My speech is not perfect, but the
practiced person (i. e., been around deaf persons) can tell I am deaf.
My lipreading likewise has gone down due to age and weaker eyes... As I
get older I am more accepting of the fact that it is a cruel world of
hearing people out there for us deaf people! Ha
I have some stories about our TTY days. I recall the time Marsters
borrowed a big stake truck from his nurse's husband's construction
company (Marsters was an orthodontist with a successful practise) and he
and I drove it up to the Bay area one weekend where we picked up Bob
Weitbrecht and went to an AT&T warehouse. We loaded the truck with
lots of M15's and M19's and drove it back to Los Angeles (like as not
you may have a photo of me and my young son - he's now 51 years old -
posing on top of this truck?). I smile when I remember Marsters checking
in at the motel office and asking for "a room for truckers?"
Any more history we cam post here?
California State Death Record