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November 7, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanks to Bill Moyers' 1990 PBS special on the hymn "Amazing Grace," many people know the story of its author, John Newton, an 18th century slave trader-turned-parish priest. But anyone who thinks he was the last of his kind hasn't heard of Jaroslav Vajda. At 78, the Lutheran minister has written nearly 200 hymns and is regarded as the greatest living American hymn writer by the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada.
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November 7, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanks to Bill Moyers' 1990 PBS special on the hymn "Amazing Grace," many people know the story of its author, John Newton, an 18th century slave trader-turned-parish priest. But anyone who thinks he was the last of his kind hasn't heard of Jaroslav Vajda. At 78, the Lutheran minister has written nearly 200 hymns and is regarded as the greatest living American hymn writer by the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada.
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