This year the ADHD Community lost one of its leading lights: Kate Kelly, ADHD Coach and co-author of You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!
To honor her, the ACO resurrected what Kate had dubbed the Bad Boys and Girls Break Out Session, a talent show (because as Kate emphasized, everyone has talent!) that had been a favorite feature of the old ADDA conferences. As an additional bonus, the memorial talent show was expertly emceed by Dean Solden, the traditional host of Bad Boys and Girls Break Out Sessions. Conference attendees told hilarious stories, sang songs, got everyone up and dancing, and remembered Kate in funny and poignant ways.
Peggy Ramundo, Kate’s best friend and co-author of You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?! told the story of how the book came to be written, how they self-published it in 1993 (over a year before Driven To Distraction was published in March of 1994), and named their publishing company, the Tyrell and Jerem Press, after their children. How You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?! was then picked up by Scribner in 1994 and how it has since become a perennial best seller, its title becoming the iconic description of newly diagnosed adult ADHD.
Included at the memorial was a 15 minute video of Kate prepared by Rick and Ava Green of TotallyADD.com specifically for the memorial. They have graciously given us permission to share it with you through this newsletter. You can view it here.
Thanks to all the folks that made that evening and memorial possible, including Dean Solden (MC), Jay Carter (AV), Judith Champion, Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, and Peggy Ramundo (Organizers), and all the folks who stood up to share Kate stories and their own talents with the rest of us bad boys and girls.