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Carving out his place in history

June 19, 2003

Regarding "An Eye and Heart for Detail" (June 5), a few years ago I read of a book signing by President Jimmy Carter and I rushed to the bookstore before he had to leave.

I was the last person in line and took advantage of a brief pause and expressed to Mr. Carter that we had a mutual friend.

When I mentioned Sam Maloof's name, Mr. Carter said, "Oh my goodness, he is one of my heroes!"

John Balzar's article captured the warm feelings, the joy and the pride of ownership that many of us who know Sam have been fortunate enough to have experienced.

Sam Maloof has been my hero for 35 years. He belongs to America as a national treasure.

Joseph A. Gatto

Los Angeles

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