The Worm column: GOP on camera, medicine in translation
Saturday, September 1, 2012
RNC snapshot: Everybody gets on camera at least once at the Republican National Convention. Chelan County Republican Vice Chairwoman Fredi Simpson got her moment in the lens Tuesday, in an image captured by AP photographer David Goldman. The photo of Simpson, who’s also national committeewoman for the state GOP, got big play online in one of the Huffington Post’s clickbaiting slideshows, as well as a less complimentary post on Jezebel. Still, it’ll make a great image for the county GOP’s Christmas card.
Sending a message: They’re not doctors, not even nurses, but they look like them on TV.
Translators for InDemand Interpreting, the Wenatchee-based video translation company, wear hospital scrubs whenever they consult with patients, nurses and doctors around the world through the magic of online video.
“It maintains the appearance of working with medical professionals,” says Daniel Pirestani, the company’s founder and CEO. “We’ve found it’s less jarring for patients to see us wearing the familiar scrubs. It helps make for a seamless interaction between the doctor, patient and interpreter.”
Pirestani even wears scrubs around the office in a show of support for his 32 employees and 115 translators now under contract. “I wouldn’t ask them to do anything I wouldn’t do.”
With headquarters in Olds Station, InDemand muscled its way last month onto Inc. Magazine’s list of the top 500 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. The company projects $7.7 million in sales this year and over $50 million in sales by the end of 2014. There’s talk of an IPO, or initial public offering, in the next three years.
The company offers video interpreting in nine languages and telephonic interpreting in 180 languages.
“Plus, scrubs are really loose and comfortable,” said Pirestani, who’s often in a three-piece suit when he discusses big ideas for his company with hot-shot venture capitalists. “I really like wearing them.”
Worm eats humble pie: Thanks to some pretty advanced detective work, the Worm finally tracked down Jane Reichert this week.
Actually, she emailed the Worm, who is embarrassed to admit she’s gotten so dependent on Internet searches and finding people through social media that she forgot one of the basic journalistic skills when trying to find someone. Namely, ask around the office!
Reichert — who has lived in Wenatchee for 30 years — is the sister to Jimmy Gilmer, who sang “Sugar Shack” with the Fireballs back in the ’60s that the Worm wrote about a couple of weeks ago. She and her husband Don also know Wilfred and Kathy Woods. The Worm should have known to ask Wilf if he knew her. As her editor pointed out, Wilf knows everything!
Actually, it was Kathy who told Jane that the Worm was trying to contact her after learning that her brother had been profiled in the book, “Echoes of the Sixties,” as one of 43 composers and performers who influenced an entire generation.
So, did he influence his sister? the Worm asked when they spoke this week. “I would say if he influenced me in any way, I had more dates in college that year,” she mused, wondering aloud how “Sugar Shack” got to be the top selling record in 1963.
“Then the Beatles came in and it was ‘Hello, Goodbye,’” she said. “They just wiped everybody else off the side of the earth.”
Actually, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs played for quite a few more years, and had more hits, including “Bottle of Wine,” in 1968.
Bed, breakfast and biews ... uh, views: Run of the River Inn in Leavenworth earns a place of pride among American beds and breakfast lodgings. BnBFinder.com wrapped into a list of inns with the best front-porch views of turning fall foliage, noting its access to birding areas up the Icicle River valley. Inns in Tennessee, New Hampshire and North Carolina were likewise featured in the booking service’s email newsletter.
This week’s worm was compiled by reporters Mike Irwin, K.C. Mehaffey and Jefferson Robbins. Got tip? Email email@example.com.
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