She’s a Hurricane Sandy sensation, and she hasn’t said a word.
Sign language interpreter Lydia Callis is giving New York City’s beleaguered residents a reason to smile with her emotive, animated translations of the latest news on the super-storm from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York magazine reported.
Her whirling, lightning-fast hands have been described as “mesmerizing” and “hypnotic” by a growing fan base on Twitter.
Even stone-faced Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume is fascinated, tweeting “On Weather Channel, woman signing for Mayor Bloomberg during his hurricane press conference is stealing the show.”
Another user tweeted, “No making fun of Bloomberg’s sign-language translator. Seriously. Only love. She’s doing her job both very well, and with STYLE.”
There’s now even a collage of images of Callis mid-message. And demands for a fan page are growing.
According to NPR, Callis graduated in 2010 from the sign language interpretation program at The Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf—one of the best in the country.
What the Twitterverse is saying about Lydia Callis
One person New Yorkers will miss when #Sandy is over: Bloomberg’s superstar sign language translator.
— HuffPost Media (@HuffPostMedia) October 30, 2012
I love that the sign language translator stopped when Bloomberg started his Spanglish. Like “even I can’t help with that”. — Karen Young (@HammocksHighTea) October 30, 2012
This translator standing next to Mayor Bloomberg is about to break out the Gangnam Style — Peyton’s Head (@PeytonsHead) October 30, 2012
I absolutely adore Lydia Callis. She is a bright spot in the midst of #Sandy
— Beatrice Peterson (@MissBeaE) October 30, 2012