Education: Quiet Convention

Two chorus girls shrilled "The Star Spangled Banner" but to most of those gathered in the grand ballroom of Manhattan's Hotel Pennsylvania one night last week the result was so much meaningless lip motion. With better understanding they watched a female quintet who indicated "rockets' red glare" spelling out "rockets" with their hands, touching two fingers to their lips ("red"), throwing open palms out from widened eyes ("glare"). Thus began New York's quietest convention in 51 years—the 17th Triennial of the National Association of the Deaf, which has not met in Manhattan...

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