Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 16, 1961 · Page 63
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 63

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 16, 1961
Page 63
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_ WeJnesJ.u-s, ThursJavs, Fridays and.^ ^ ' Olhcr'Days y:30 A. M. to 5:30 P.'M^ NO MONEY DOWN No down payment on ANY THING credit. SEARS Long Beach * \ Draperies and Slipcovers Ilceoraior Fabrics Reg. 2.25 to $5 Yd. yd. * Emporia * Tcxlura * Interplay · Gramercy Park · Tussah · Orian · Kola J.ct Scars show you how to turn your home info a. showplace without spending a fortune. You can have elegant I larmony House custom draperies from any of these 7 fabrics . . . sale priced right now at just 1.25 to 2.50 a yard. There's a color and design to suit YOUR decor. See them! Phone HE 5-0121 ext. 253 for FREE Shop-at-Home service. Consultant will bring samples, and take accurate measiuements right in your home. NO obligation! Park Free SEARS Downtown Long Beach Carol Fisher and puppet, "French Fry," who helped her conduct TV program to teach French in school series. A Puppet's Challenge By /rmo McCcr// . · ' - ' ~ a ? . * - - * - v : r * , f *-1,* * · * » · \\^^ ^JAY "FRENCH FRY" to Carol Fisher, attractive young schoolmarm at Lowell Elementary in Long Beach, and watch her smile. Last year in Columbus, Ohio, Carol and French Fry costarred in a TV hit loved by 4,000 kids with a yen to learn conversational French. In a lively contest the children named the little gray chenille terrier -- not Fido, Spot, or even Hfi -- but French Fry, the appealing puppet who straggled with them to "par- lez" a foreign language. The mischievous dog enjoyed a better than average 1Q, for after a semester of 15-minute lessons three times a week, he could almost chat w i t h De Giiulle. Eager f i f t h graders trooped into classrooms before school hours to absorb basic knowledge of the French language and a bit of French culture. Bright students need challenge, and learning a new tongue is the answer for some. Enchanted future Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D.'s sang songs from "South Pacific," played Simple Simon and "Q u i S a i t" (W h o Knows?), c o m p e t e d i n quizzes sans payola, worked up skits for TV. One peppy p r o d u c t i o n featured a Halloween witch who lost, her black "chat" (well, then cat). During the year lucky performers from each class entertained and instructed the TV audience with songs and plays. VISUAL A I D S included Carol-drawn and commercial pictures. It's easier to remember chapeau, biftek, and garcon a f t e r seeing t h e image. Carol discovered an aptitude for foreign languages in high school and at Ohio State U n i v e r s i t y . Unlike Long Beach students who favor Spanish, Carol was intrigued by French. After graduation ., ;he,-added the practical to the ' academic by teaching in ihe Army Dependents' School in Orleans, France. For a .never-to-be-forgotten year she gloried in the enchantment of Europe. Orleans lies in medieval c h a t e a u x country, and Carol's choice was Chambord, in night illumination a real fairy castle. She enjoyed restaurant dining with French escorts. Carol chose a Simca convertible she named "L'Ange Blanche" (While Angel) for transportation. With a girl friend she traveled on every scrap of vacation, building memories of skiing at Gar- misch-Partenkirchen, reliving the Renaissance in Florence and Naples, exploring the Hiedclberg campus, thrilling over "II Trovatore" at La Scnla, munching smorgasbord delicacies in Copenhagen. EN ROUTE HOME Carol visited the British Isles, especially Ireland, where distant relatives living in a thatched cottages tempted her with soda bread and raspberry wine. "When I returned to Columbus I wanted to do something different," d e c l a r e d Carol. "I asked the superintendent of schools if I conld start a TV program to teach conversational French. To my surprise he OKd the idea, and it was a real challenge because I had to make up a course of study. I was sc-1- dom more than two weeks ahead of the wolf. The p u p pet's voice was Bob Rcddy who knew no French at the beginning, so he made the same mistakes as the kids, and I could correct him." Asked how she happens to be teaching in Long Beach, Carol said, "The Rose Bowl game in 1959 did it! I saw Long Beach and loved it, and I applied by letter . . ." If California schools f* n rise French Fry, Carol is ready and eager. , .

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