photo courtesy ERIC KAYNE / THE SEATTLE TIMES
I still am not sure about all the technicalities regarding the difference between dwarfs and midgets. I think it has to do with whether or not everything is in proportion, although I can’t swear to it. Either way, I’m proud to say that the Dwarf Games were held in Seattle over the weekend. To the Seattle Times for details:
[Jake] Smith, a dwarf, is among thousands of people from all over the United States meeting at the Little People of America conference and competing in the 2007 Dwarf Athletic Association of America’s National Games, both held this week in greater Seattle.
The LPA, the largest dwarf organization in the world, was founded 50 years ago as a social club and activist organization by Billy Barty, an actor with dwarfism.
He said he intended the organization to combat the perception that little people were all sideshow acts and circus freaks â€” perceptions he said kept people of short stature at the outer fringes of society.
Attendees of the conference said “little people,” “dwarf” and “short-statured” are all terms they use to describe themselves.
Now, given what I now know, go little people! You guys rock. And let me ask this, any chance Johnny Knoxville would try to fix these games? Any thoughts?