Amy Cohen Efron shares her thoughts about her most precious possession, school yearbooks.

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Yeah, you are right that it is a good idea for us to get to know you a little more. Viewing your vlog, indeed, there are few things I don’t know about you. Thank you for sharing your precious memories with us!

Good vlog!

Hey Amy, I still have my MSSD year books and I cherish them wholeheartedly like you do with Lexington and your senior high school. Of course I still have the last year book of Gally 1988. When I look at those pictures especially of you at DPN, my gosh, weren’t we all young then, now we are older and I wonder then where is everybody, our Class 88ers, there are only a few that I still keep in touch with on day to day basis through aol aim. I also look at the pictures of the students that I knew that are no longer with us and have gone into eternal rest at young age. Like you said those Gally year books that I have I will always cherish them! Thanks for bringing that up because I share those memories at Gally with you since we were there together and experienced our young life there. Fond memories!
Class of ’88
Graduate Student
Minnesota State University

I am SURE that to know you is to love you. What a lovely, open face, kind and considerate, I know.

I didn’t feel that I really KNEW my husband until I read all of the scribbling his friends did in his year books! I didn’t even know that he had talent as an artist! And the girls praised his good manners! Reading this stuff gave me a different perspective on my own husband. I am sure our children feel the same way, reading what our classmates and friends wrote about us waaaaay back when we were “young”!

Thanks, Amy. Hugs


Oh, that’s so sweet to get to know you a little more! Guess what, my old, old, old boyfriend from Gally graduated from Lexington School for the deaf.

Wow! I was shocked to see your yearbook as I do not recognize you…because you see, I’m also from good ole Lexington (til 1970), such wonderful memories that I will always carry with me, all the way to the grave! (I’m sure you’re much younger than I am, hee hee!) I went to hearing school during my last three years of HS, and where are they, gone, memories fading, but friends from Lexington still around here and there…with memories still strong. Always good to see old friends from Lexy!
Interestingly, I learned ASL from my Deaf friends at Lexington, most of my friends have Deaf families so I was around them often, in dorms! Am surprised you didn’t learn ASL from Lexington students…guess I was fortunate at the time and years I was there!
Thanks for sharing and bringing smiles among us!

Amy – Good topic!!

I wonder how many of us really cherish our yearbooks? (I do, yet my puppy chewed the hard cover, talk about cherish! UH! This was a few months ago!).

I hope you were/and will be able to find your friends, and have a “reunion”.

Yep me too the feeling as where at they now! some died, some lost, some won’t contact, some move on live with it.
yep it is the heart felt the same as we are deaf feeling too. Wish gather in old time!

Thanks for bring up in good sharing subject about year books.



Yeah. I enrolled at VSDB I was 5. I graduated at VSDB i was 18. For 13 years, I have all 13 books of VSDB yearbooks–but we have 16 books because of my 3 siblings and I went to VSDB. I agreed with you that we have a lot of memories in the book. They are at my parents’ because we would have fought over the yearbooks. My parents could not afford to pay FOUR books for each of us. My dad graduated at VSDB–1955. He has 2 books(small size yearbook). I checked his yearbooks to see who were his classmates. I realized that 5 men were/are STILL around in the SAME town with my dad. They watched us born and grown up into adult! I knew them, yeah but never knew that they WERE growing up with my dad. I listened a lot of stories from them about my mischievous and wild young dad. It was nice to know who really my dad was! I teased dad after i got the stories from dad’s friends! LOL.

Hedy Taylor


I never knew you were from NYC. You did not look like one. Well, now I know why you are like that, smile!! Nice to meet you, New Yorker!






HINT !!!!
I’m not so sure, watched your Vlog again, and am not sure, I’m so into what you are saying, not focusing on the “hidden comment”??

Can you do HINTS??? 🙂

Fun vlog post, thanks. I call our yearbooks “gossip books” because when they come out when we have friends over, we all end up poring over the books and commenting on different people. “Remember when…?”, “What’s s/he doing now?” and similar topics emerge anytime they come off the shelves.

Ohhhh boy!! I had to watch your video over and over, trying to find your hidden comment…I can’t figure it out either…is it the way you spelled yearbbok instead of yearbooks…or the third book you showed us “Perspective…” is that a yearbook? If it is not any of it, then I have noooo idea…I actually thought you were from Atlanta, GA, so that’s why I was surprised you were at Lexington for a few years.
Now, I’m begging you…purrrr-tee please, give us another hint on what we should be looking for? Another thing I looked at was your 2nd yearbook which has some mark on it…I doubt it is…see my poor tired eyes still looking and looking…now torture us no farther…


Ahh, you with your Chesire Cat smile!!! What a fun vlog!

Yearbooks are like treasures where we are able to collect fond memories. I always purchase two yearbooks for my 2 Deaf children so that they each will have their own when they leave the nest. As for my case, I didn’t even have ONE yearbook from my public school (from elementary to hs as a mainstreamed solitaire) and I didn’t even think about its value until I went to a Deaf schoo for a year. I found myself heavly involved in the yearbook club and cherished the book and it went on as a Gallaudet/NTID student.

Hidden message? Hmm, lemme try… I noticed that yearbooks from Deaf schools/colleges are far off more precious and meaningful. We know more Deafies personally and that we are most likely to have their signatures than yearbooks from hearing schools. You concluded, “We same”.. That?

Laughing along with Barb DiGi. 😀

Good thinking there, Barb! I couldn’t think. My brain is still fried from school.

I got yearbooks from high school but not elementary school – so that was unique what you got there.

My high school – all hearies signing my books. Deafies? Maybe one or two.

There were only three or four of us that graduated that year.

Hidden comment… hmmmm…..

You’re hoping your old friends will pop up on DR and make their own vlogs?

Or that DR is a new type of “yearbook”?


You always make interesting vlogs. 🙂


Does this have anything to do with…ahem…Oxymoron? 😉

lol, you are bad, B.A.D.!!!

Nah…. 😉 😀

LOL – IamMine!!

You’d be surprised if I’m right 🙂

I know Amy would not talk about Oxymoron ….right, Amy? 🙂

Overlooked your vlog reply when I posted my comment!

The only “hidden” thing I can see is that you signed “mainstreamed” two different ways– first as a solitaire, one overshadowed/oppressed by many. When you talked about your high school yearbook, you used the more standard sign for mainstreamed, indicating the experience was a far more positive one.

If this isn’t your “hidden message,” then I too am stumped. 🙂

The hidden message is:

See my video comment….


That’s KEWL 🙂

Aha… and I even provided an answer with my own experience and didn’t even see it. D’oh.

Well, B.A.D., you were pretty close though. 😉

I looked up the word (I love it when I am forced to use and learn something new even though you had that in your other blog – like I said, my brain is fried from school)


conjoining contradictory terms (as in ‘deafening silence’)

Pretty close, tho’. 🙂

You’ve got a nice sign off smile, Amy! 😀

Hello Amy!

This is Katrina.:) One of your classmates. What a fabulous idea of using “Y E A R B O O K S” for your vlog. That’s true which is one of our precious memoirs of our memories at our schools.

It’s funny that I opened Deafream site and spotted your title “Y E A R B O O K S” this evening. Guess what? I happened to pull the last college yearbook off my bookshelf this morning! What a coincidence! Yea, today I stayed home!


Hello folks,

Ooops! My typing error with the Deafread site. I meant to say “DEAFREAD” not Deafream! I typed too fast.

Have a great evening and God bless.


hey, can’t find that secret message that you mentioned! Need your email addy so I can ask you something.

I cherish my yearbooks… from Kindergarten years throughout to senior years at deaf school PLUS 4 years at Gallaudet. They don’t sit on book shelves, though. They are in my “special” box which I tend to go through every year or so when I see that “special” box.

Yeah, everyone should cherish our memories from school years.

Nice change of topic and maybe I should do the same on my site. 🙂

I must admit that I cheated by checking your “hidden message” vlog (comment #21). Aahh.. Critical Mass! That’s good one.

And that lead us to other topic, how many is considered a good critical mass? 50? 100? 200? That’s something that needs to be discussed, in my opinion.

Thanks for sharing!

Still have my yearbooks ranging from 1961 to 1975 plus several after 1975 because of close friends.

Still holding them in good place.

cool vlog about yearbook, see my video comment…

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