April 7, 2005 |
Some rarely divulge details of the encounter. "I consider it more of a private matter than anything else," says Joseph Gonzalez, now 30. Others delight in talking about it. "Oh, gosh, I tell everybody," says Guido Nunez, also 30. "That's my highlight." It was on Sept. 16, 1987, that 21 children at Immaculate Conception grammar school in the Pico Union neighborhood -- sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders -- met and talked with Pope John Paul II during his visit to Los Angeles.
September 17, 1987 |
In another incident at Immaculate Conception School on Wednesday, the Secret Service agents couldn't get one of their cars to start. The papal motorcade was pulling up to the front of the school, waiting for the Pope to finish addressing the students so he could be whisked to his next event, when one of the Secret Service vehicles suddenly went dead--a black van carrying several heavily armed agents whose place in the motorcade was directly behind the Popemobile.
September 16, 1987 |
An hour after Pope John Paul II's jetliner touched down in Los Angeles, First Lady Nancy Reagan arrived to prepare for her meeting today with the pontiff. Mrs. Reagan declined to speak with reporters Tuesday morning at Los Angeles International Airport, where an hour earlier the Pope had flown in on his airliner, dubbed Shepherd 1. Mrs. Reagan will meet with the Pope this afternoon at Immaculate Conception School. She and the President had met with him upon his arrival in Miami last week.
September 17, 1987 |
One Secret Service agent is taking home a nasty souvenir of the papal visit to Los Angeles. According to eyewitnesses and Secret Service spokesman Robert Snow, the incident happened shortly before Pope John Paul II arrived at Immaculate Conception School on Wednesday afternoon as the agent and two colleagues were setting up tables in the schoolyard. When the agent bent over, he was attacked by a bomb-sniffing dog belonging to the Air Force's Explosive Ordnance Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1987 |
Shortly after mid-morning recess Thursday, the public address system at Immaculate Conception School in downtown Los Angeles came to life with a burst of squeaks and scratches. The eight classrooms of uniformed pupils grew quiet, and a voice of omnipresent authority crackled through the two-story schoolhouse. "May I have your attention please," said the voice, which belonged to Principal Leonarda Vaquilar.
May 12, 1998
SINGULAR SERVICE It's a lonely job, but someone's got to do it. A worker is left to hold up a wall for a shampoo commercial filming in Griffith Park. Attendant Antonio Segovia keeps a solitary vigil over cars in a Hollywood garage, and, at a conference aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, a jazz band provides entertainment even when there's no one to be entertained. UNIFORM SPIRITS A uniform doesn't have to be stifling.