Media Releases

March 1998

Maverick publisher recognized

Matthew S. Moore selected for five Who’s Whos (and then some)

Matthew Scott Moore, publisher of DEAF LIFE and president of Deaf Life Press, has been named to five Marquis Who’s Who compendiums: Who’s Who in the East (26th edition, 1997-98), Who’s Who in Finance and Industry (30th edition, 1998-99), Who’s Who in the World (15th edition, 1998), Who’s Who in America (52nd edition, 1998), and Who’s Who in the Media and Communications (1st edition, 1998-99).

He will also be listed in the 1998 edition of Strathmore’s Who’s Who and the Dictionary of International Biography (26th edition, 1998). He has already been confirmed for the 28th edition of Marquis’ Who’s Who in the East (1998-99).

Moore was born deaf, a "rubella baby," in 1958. He attended Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis, which recently honored him as one of six "Distinguished Alumni of the Modern Era." At ISD, he edited the school newspaper, The Reflector, which won a statewide award for excellence. He was valedictorian of his class (1977).

As an undergraduate at National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, he founded the Student Communication Center (SCC). Its goal was to give NTID students hands-on experience in two media: print and video. He also distinguished himself in theater, performing brilliantly in supporting and leading roles in several ASL plays. In 1982, NTID’s Performing Arts Department gave him its coveted (and rarely bestowed) Golden Hands Award for excellence in acting. In 1980, he won the American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan Award as a Regional Finalist. His short video, Table, a deftly choreographed silent film, won second place in the Experimental category in the American Film Institute’s 1983 Eastern Regional Student Video Competition. He was invited to join the National Theatre of the Deaf, but preferred to finish school, then be his own boss.

Moore founded his tiny, independent multi-media company, MSM Productions, Ltd., in 1983, soon after graduating from RIT with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. (Several recruits from the SCC continued to work with him on his new venture.) His twofold goal: to increase "Deaf Awareness"—to promote better understanding of deaf people, especially ASL-using Deaf people, and to showcase the talents and accomplishments of Deaf people. His first post-grad project was Deaf Magazine, a half-hour pilot magazine-format program geared to Deaf viewers but accessible to all. It aired on WOKR, Rochester’s local ABC affiliate, in June 1984, and received unanimously favorable reviews.

DEAF LIFE, a glossy magazine, began monthly publication in July 1988, and is celebrating its 10th year of publication with the July 1998 issue. In Fall 1992, MSM Productions launched its imprint, Deaf Life Press, with the publication of its first book, For Hearing People Only: Answers to Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Deaf Community, its Culture, and the "Deaf Reality," which Moore co-authored. The first edition sold out within a year. The second edition, first published in 1993, in now in its seventh printing. It’s the best-selling "Deaf Awareness" handbook in print. Great Deaf Americans: The Second Edition, also co-authored by Moore, was published in August 1996. Victory Week is Deaf Life Press’ newest title—a full-color children’s book about the "Deaf President Now!" revolution. Other titles are in print, two are in preparation, and several more are being planned.

MSM Productions recently expanded into the World Wide Web. DEAF LIFE is already online (, and another site,, has just been launched.

Among other honors, Moore has received NTID Alumni Association’s first Outstanding Alumni Award (1993), Gallaudet University Alumni Association’s Alice Cogswell Award (1994), and was named one of Indiana School for the Deaf’s Distinguished Alumni of 1997.

Known as an exciting, dynamic signer and charismatic figure, Moore is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and conventions for Deaf groups, teachers of the deaf, and ASL teachers.

In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and collecting birdhouses and Plains Indian artifacts.

Of Moore’s spate of Who’s Who honors, one of his staffers says, "We don’t know if he’s the first Deaf person to be so honored, but it’s certainly a nice token of recognition of his impact on the general community."

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MSM Productions, Ltd., is a small, independent multimedia company whose motto is "Deaf Awareness is Our Business." It was founded in 1983 by Matthew S. Moore, a Deaf alumnus of Rochester Institute of Technology. Its flagship publication, DEAF LIFE, is a slick-format monthly magazine focusing on news, issues, events, and personalities. DEAF LIFE will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with the July 1998 issue. Deaf Life Press, MSM Productions’ imprint, publishes high-quality books on Deaf issues and by Deaf authors. The second edition of For Hearing People Only is now in its 7th printing. Other Deaf Life Press titles include Great Deaf Americans: The Second Edition and a new full-color children’s picture book about the Deaf President Now revolution, Victory Week. MSM Productions, Ltd., recently expanded into the Internet. Its first Website, www.DEAFLIFE.COM, was launched in Fall 1997, and www.DEAF.COM is slated to be launched in early March. It’s planned as a major one-stop source of information about the Deaf community, with resources, news, profiles, and other useful features.


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