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March 14, 1991
A vaudeville-style variety show performed entirely in American Sign Language is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Saddleback College's McKinney Theatre. Called "Quiet Zone Theater," performers from Saddleback, Golden West and Rancho Santiago colleges will do original skits and interpretations of popular songs. Interpreters will be available for the hearing audience.
May 19, 1991
With our news dominated by wars and all kinds of violence, it was very refreshing to read The Times Orange County Section on May 7 and the stories of three people, one being Andrea Mathews, who was given the Foster Child Advocacy Award for her unselfish and caring work with children. The other was about Share Our Selves founder Jean Forbath, who will step down after having devoted so much of her time to help destitute people, and who still will participate in many worthwhile projects.
February 12, 1994
A gunman opened fire on a couple in Pico Rivera apparently because the two had exchanged a series of hand signals that may have been interpreted as the flashing of gang signs. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Friday that the gunman fired at a 22-year-old woman as she and her 25-year-old boyfriend sat in the parking lot of El Rancho High School on Feb. 4. The woman was wounded in the right cheek and shoulder.
December 7, 2010 | Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Student enrollment in Arabic, Korean and Chinese classes is showing the fastest growth among foreign language courses at U.S. colleges, even though Spanish remains the most popular by a huge margin, a new study shows. The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities by the Modern Language Assn., or MLA, found that enrollment in Arabic surged by 46% between 2006 and 2009. More U.S. college students are studying Arabic than Russian, a change that officials say reflects a shift of interest from Cold War concerns to current issues involving the Middle East and terrorism.
The sounds of "goo-goo" and "dada" that young children make when they begin babbling at about 7 months of age are also made by deaf infants in what scientists say is sign language, according to Canadian researchers. This "manual babbling" is not simply the random formation of signs, but instead reflects the strict linguistic rules associated with vocal babbling, the researchers report today in the journal Science.
February 16, 1994 | KURT PITZER
Darlene Allen Wittman keeps a dictionary of hand signs that she and actress Holly Hunter developed for "The Piano"--a language partly immortalized by the award-winning film and partly left on the cutting-room floor. "It's something that's kind of gotten lost when people talk about the movie," Wittman said. "People say, 'Oh, you taught Holly Hunter sign language.' But we actually created our own language."
February 16, 1992 | T.H. McCULLOH, T.H. McCulloh writes regularly about theater for Calendar.
Everyone talks to themselves when no one's around, so have you ever wondered if deaf people talk to themselves in sign language? With a hearty laugh, deaf actress Freda Norman admits: "Yeah. Yeah, I do sometimes. Just a few little signs, like 'Oh, did I finish this?' or 'Who left this here?' Not big, clear signing, but I just mumble in sign language." Director Ed Waterstreet, who is also deaf, nods in agreement.
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