Wednesday, November 22, 2006


The National Organization of Short Statured Adults will appear on the NBC Today Show Weekend Edition on Saturday December 2, 2006. The episode is about Stephen Hall's new book, "Size Matters". Chris Hamre & Ellen Frankel were interviewed and a NOSSA Board meeting was filmed. Be sure to tune in!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

NOSSA Releases Podcast Episode 3 - Short Unity

NOSSA Releases the 3rd episode in the Standing Tall Against Discrimination podcast series. Short Unity will look at factors keeping short statured people from uniting as a group. Guests: Chris Hamre, Steve Goldsmith. Visit

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Martinsville,Virginia Police Agency Believes Short People Can't Be Cops!

Police Chief Michael E. Rogers along with other police and city administrators, believe that if you are under 5 foot 8 inches tall, you are not qualified for police work. Clearly printed in the agencies employment manual,

"The desirable height of applicants shall be at least 5 foot 8 inches without shoes."

Applicants for Police Officer employment must be granted a "waiver" based on having other "desirable" characteristics.

Perfect example of heightism? You betcha!

But don't worry folks. If this travesty of justice is not corrected based on height, it surely will be challenged based on ethnicity or gender someday.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Height Flight

The highly sought after seats on the height and weight bell-shaped curves are a result of cultural biases that basically say, Most of you flying coach (in the middle) are safe. Our first class members (tall and thin) will be catered to, premier. But those of you who fill in the tails of the short and fat ends, perhaps you'd best fly stand-by. You, we're not so comfortable with.
-p.24, Frankel, Ellen from Beyond Measure, A Memoir about short stature and inner growth.

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