Los Angeles Times

‘Sister Aimee’ and her temple


Re “These icons are turning 100 and still look fabulous,” Column One, March 2

Thanks to Patt Morrison for her beautifull­y written piece on the landmarks of Los Angeles that turn 100 this year, including Angelus Temple.

My paternal grandparen­ts, poor and uneducated Sicilian immigrants, were converted under Sister Aimee Semple McPherson’s inclusive ministry and attended the first service at Angelus Temple on Jan. 1, 1923. Twenty-two years later, my parents met at the college next door to the temple.

Though Sister Aimee endured endless conflicts before she died in 1944, her influence on my life and millions more worldwide is undeniable. And, the centennial of her scandalous disappeara­nce is just three years from now.

Los Angeles is rich in amazing history. As William Faulkner so aptly stated, “The past is never dead.” David William Salvaggio


We have a local treasure in Patt Morrison. She does the research and gives us a crash course in our history, architectu­re, politics, demographi­cs and whatever else brings our city alive.

Her work is especially apt with snow atop our local mountains, making this metropolis look more beautiful than ever. It’s enough to make us all civic boosters even while acknowledg­ing the wrinkles and pimples in our past and present.

Thank you, Ms. Morrison. Keep writing, and we’ll keep reading.

Julie Downey

Studio City

For five years in the late 1990s, I ran the “Together we’re the best” campaign that then-L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan organized with the support of government and corporate leaders. Our files were jammed with the many discoverie­s and innovation­s that were born in L.A. and were still relevant to people around the world.

Of course, there was the bikini and the internet, but there was also the microwave oven and the freeway system. It was a refreshing reminder that L.A. remains a great place to live, work and imagine.

Regina Birdsell

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