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May 3, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
Cheryl Marie Murphy has big ambitions, a larger-than-life personality and a disarming smile. If only she could reach the coin slots on the vending machines at her high school, life would be nearly perfect. Murphy, a 16-year-old University High student, is teen coordinator for the Orange County chapter of Little People of America, a group founded by actor Billy Barty in 1957.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
Cheryl Marie Murphy has big ambitions, a larger-than-life personality and a disarming smile. If only she could reach the coin slots on the vending machines at her high school, life would be nearly perfect. Murphy, a 16-year-old University High student, is teen coordinator for the Orange County chapter of Little People of America, a group founded by actor Billy Barty in 1957.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1989
I am a dwarf. A recent episode of television's "L.A. Law" raised the issue of "dwarf tossing"--people competing in bars to see who can throw a dwarf the farthest. Kudos should be given to the writers of "L.A. Law" for portraying this activity as disgraceful. There is simply nothing funny about dwarf tossing. It ridicules and demeans. It causes average-sized persons to view dwarfs as objects or freaks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
The little man stood only 10 hot dogs high. But he towered in the annals of mid-20th century advertising and in the hearts of those he encountered. For 20 years, he crisscrossed the nation in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, handing out hot-dog-shaped Magic Wiener Whistles that could play the "Secret Little Oscar Song." And for 16 years after that, still dressed in white from his shoes to his chef's toque, he greeted patrons at the company's restaurant at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
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January 16, 1999 | Associated Press
A Mexican restaurant has drawn complaints from an organization of short people for sending a 4-foot-4 employee around to serve customers chips and salsa from his sombrero. Anthony Soares, vice president of public relations for Little People of America in New York City, called the stunt humiliating. Nacho Mama's restaurant, which opened Wednesday, features Steve Vento serving snacks from his hat. Vento previously worked as a comic and portrayed the Hamburglar character for McDonald's.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has appointed an active member of a national advocacy organization, Little People of America, to serve on an advisory panel on disabilities. Marilyn Artran, 48, who lives in Simi Valley and works in a Chatsworth print shop she owns with her husband, will join the 17-member Commission on Disabilities, which advises the board on issues concerning people with disabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1992 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's a 3-foot-9 sensation every time he steps onto the red-carpeted Astrodome floor at the Republican National Convention here this week--posing for pictures, shaking hands, doing interviews. Billy Barty, who has appeared in more than 200 movies since his 1927 debut at the age of 3, is a gung-ho Republican and a convention guest. The North Hollywood resident says he's representing "the little people," or fellow dwarfs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1993
I read your article (Aug. 19) regarding the dialogue between Gov. Pete Wilson and Bob Mulholland, state Democratic Party political director. I have no intention of bringing up politics. I want to comment on Mulholland's remarks at his press conference. When talking about Gov. Wilson, he said, "No, he's too short. I am too tall for him. It was a sign of a little man to personally attack me." As founder of the Little People of America Inc. and the Billy Barty Foundation, serving 1.5 million people of short stature, I say that the intelligence or the class of a person is not described by his or her physical size, as insinuated in his comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2000
I was saddened to read about the death of Billy Barty (Dec. 24). In June of 1943 I graduated from high school and immediately joined the Navy. There was a waiting period of about five months before I was to report to boot camp, so I enrolled at L.A. City College to take a few courses. It was there that I met Billy. There was no organized football because of wartime restrictions, so a group of us formed our own teams and Billy was on mine. During one of our games I sustained a severe knee injury and Billy carried me off the field unassisted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Billy Barty, the 3-foot-9-inch actor whose career has spanned seven decades, was released from a hospital Saturday after treatment for injuries he received while driving a scooter at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, officials said. Barty, 74, was riding on an outdoor stage about 9:15 p.m. Friday night after a performance when his scooter toppled over and dropped him headfirst onto a concrete set of stairs, festival director Ken Slimmer said. The actor fractured his eye socket.
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