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Comic's humor boosts disabilities awareness

The message of Disabilities Awareness Day will be bolstered with laughter when stand-up comic Kathy Buckley visits the campus of Anne Arundel Community College on Nov. 5.


Ms. Buckley, who has appeared on national television and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, is hearing-impaired and draws on her experiences to drive home her point.

"There's only one disability in the whole world," she tells her audiences, "and that is your attitude."


As a child, Ms. Buckley was considered mentally retarded until it was discovered she was deaf. She worked 15 years to learn how to talk. She reads lips and wears a hearing aid.

As a child, she was fascinated by the mime routines of comedian Red Skelton.

"I got involved in comedy because laughter is the best medicine in healing," she says.

That theory has been tested. She has twice battled cancer and used a wheelchair for two years after she was run over by a Jeep.

In addition to her stand-up act, the blunt-talking comic is a motivational speaker and actress.

Her free show, sponsored by the Student Association and the Challenged Student Union, will be on the stage of the Pascal Center for Performing Arts at 12:30 p.m. The show is open to the public.

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Lowman elected BG&E; vice president


The board of directors of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has elected Ronald W. Lowman of Millersville as vice president of fossil energy.

Mr. Lowman will assume his new duties on Jan. 1. He will replace J. Thomas Wellener.

He began his career with BG&E; in 1968, after receiving a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University Maryland. Since 1989, Mr. Lowman has been the manager of fossil engineering.

Mr. Lowman is a registered professional engineer in Maryland and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Among his professional and industry affiliations, he is a member of the Edison Electric Institute, the Power Plant Research Advisory Committee of Maryland and the Baltimore Labor-Management Committee.

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