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March 14, 1988 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
In the late 1950s, Jimmy Swaggart was roaming around the back roads of Louisiana in a broken-down Chevrolet, earning about $40 a week from his preaching and gospel singing. He has come a long way since then. The controversial evangelist now heads a tax-exempt enterprise that ranks, by almost any measure, as one of the most successful of its kind. Jimmy Swaggart World Ministries and its Bible college boasted revenues of $150 million in 1987--more than $500,000 each working day.
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June 4, 1994 | From Associated Press
In the halcyon days, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart would ask for $25, $50, even $100 from followers and he would get it, even if it meant the donors would have to do without. These days, Swaggart begs for pennies. His age is showing, perhaps the strain from all the scandal. But the 59-year-old Swaggart still plays the piano with that almost boogie-woogie style that is so akin to that of his famous and controversial cousin Jerry Lee Lewis.
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February 1, 1992 | From Religious News Service
Jimmy Swaggart's ministry in Baton Rouge, La., has acknowledged that the evangelist's endorsement of Pat Robertson's presidential candidacy in 1986 violated federal tax law.
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January 15, 1994 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The fates sometimes work in strange, ironic ways. What curious forces conspired to propel three cousins from the small community of Ferriday, La., into the national spotlight in their respective fields? The lives and careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and country singer Mickey Gilley--the latter of whom performs Monday night at the Crazy Horse Steak House in Santa Ana--read like a poorly written TV drama, but fact often is stranger than bad fiction.
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July 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Enrollment at the Bible college named for defrocked Assemblies of God minister Jimmy Swaggart will drop 72% this year, but the school will proceed with plans to open a theological seminary, an attorney said. Enrollment at Jimmy Swaggart Bible College on Aug. 29 will be about 400, compared to 1,451 students last year, attorney William Treeby said this week. The estimate is based on the number of students who have registered and the inquiries from potential students.
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August 27, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, saying he is a "different" man with a rebounding ministry, opened a weekend crusade Friday night at the Shrine Auditorium before a crowd of less than 2,000. It was only his second U.S. preaching appearance outside his Louisiana base this year, since being defrocked over his alleged involvement with a prostitute. "We lost a lot of our supporters, but some of them are coming back," Swaggart said Friday.
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October 12, 1991 | From Associated Press
A woman riding with evangelist Jimmy Swaggart when he got three traffic tickets Friday morning says she is a prostitute the preacher picked up for sex. Swaggart, 56, was accompanied by Rosemary Garcia of Coachella Valley when he was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road, driving an unregistered vehicle and not wearing a seat belt, said Police Chief Jerry Graves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1988
I hope Jimmy Swaggart (Part I, May 23) knows that confessing his sins is no substitute for forsaking them. PATTI GARRITZ Manhattan Beach
NEWS
March 6, 1988
Jimmy Swaggart's admission of sin and allegations of sexual misconduct have caused a sharp drop in donations, forcing his ministry to lay off 100 of its 1,200 employees and halt construction of a dormitory and offices at the Jimmy Swaggart Bible College in Baton Rouge, La. Gus Weill, a spokesman for Swaggart, was unsure how far donations had dropped since the television evangelist's tearful admission to followers on Feb. 21. The Jimmy Swaggart Ministries took in $141.6 million in 1986--$128.
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October 15, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jimmy Swaggart is stepping down from the leadership role in his ministry following allegations he picked up a prostitute, an official in Swaggart's organization said. J.R. Heisch, administrator of the Family Christian Academy, which is operated by Swaggart's Baton Rouge, La., church, said the evangelist's son, Donnie Swaggart, will assume leadership of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries "until Brother Swaggart gets back on his feet." Swaggart, 56, will step down at least temporarily, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1992
Although I consider myself a liberal (gasp!) and have been involved in the civil rights movement since I was a college kid at the University of Florida in 1961, I fail to understand why, when someone prominent in the black community issues a totally outrageous and racist statement, flocks of apologists suddenly come out of the woodwork. When Sister Souljah and Ice-T seemingly encourage the killing of white civilians and police, we are told that it was taken out of context. When Louis Farrakhan calls Judaism "a gutter religion," we are told he's just a hothead.
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February 1, 1992 | From Religious News Service
Jimmy Swaggart's ministry in Baton Rouge, La., has acknowledged that the evangelist's endorsement of Pat Robertson's presidential candidacy in 1986 violated federal tax law.
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November 16, 1991 | Associated Press
Jimmy Swaggart Ministries is selling a $1-million, 14.9-acre estate, a $175,000 house and $3.2 million worth of television equipment. Swaggart's brother-in-law used to live on the estate, which backs onto the large houses owned by Jimmy and Frances Swaggart and their son, Donnie, and his wife. The Swaggarts once lived in the $175,000 house but sold it to the ministries in 1985 for $197,000, court records show.
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November 6, 1991 | Associated Press
Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart has paid a $205.50 traffic fine and will avoid a court appearance for weaving along a road in his Jaguar with a local prostitute. The preacher's personal check arrived in the mail Friday, an Indio Municipal Court official said. Swaggart was scheduled for a Nov. 15 court appearance on charges of driving on the wrong side of the road, driving an unregistered vehicle and failing to wear a seat belt.
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October 19, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Two psychotherapists who treat people with sexual addictions from a Christian perspective say they don't expect evangelist Jimmy Swaggart to undergo treatment for his condition even though he has been publicly linked to a prostitute for the second time. One of the experts, Dr. David M. Moss of Atlanta, compared Swaggart to a man in one of Jesus' parables who had an "unclean spirit" cast out only to return later with seven other spirits, so that "the last state of the man was worse than the first."
NEWS
October 18, 1991 | Associated Press
An area near the potentially deadly San Andreas Fault was rattled by 117 small earthquakes last weekend, scientists said Wednesday. The quakes raised some concern among scientists because they were centered only six miles northeast of a section of the San Andreas Fault that the U.S. Geological Survey believes is most likely to produce the much-feared "Big One"--a catastrophic quake measuring magnitude 7.5 to 8.0 Seven of the 117 quakes measured magnitude 3.
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February 6, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Debra Murphree, the former prostitute whose liaison with preacher Jimmy Swaggart rocked an evangelical empire, has signed away three-quarters of the $210,000 that Penthouse paid for her story. Murphree will receive about $54,000 for the article published in July, 1988, said Louis H. Schultz, her attorney. Agents, attorneys and the Internal Revenue Service will get the rest. "She's happy. I talked with her on the telephone," Schultz said Monday.
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June 27, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Swaggart 'Sin' on CNN: Cable News Network today will air never-before-shown photographs of evangelist Jimmy Swaggart with a prostitute, and also examine a church document, filed in court, that says his sexual problems were far more severe than he ever admitted in public. The report will be broadcast during CNN's newscasts at 3 and 7 p.m.
NEWS
October 16, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart is under professional counseling and medical care in the wake of allegations that he picked up a prostitute in Indio, Calif., last weekend, his son announced Tuesday. Donnie Swaggart told employees at the Swaggart Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, La., that his father had temporarily turned over control of the ministry to him and that Swaggart's board of directors would be restructured--but that neither Swaggart, 56, nor his wife, Frances, 54, would be members.
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October 15, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jimmy Swaggart is stepping down from the leadership role in his ministry following allegations he picked up a prostitute, an official in Swaggart's organization said. J.R. Heisch, administrator of the Family Christian Academy, which is operated by Swaggart's Baton Rouge, La., church, said the evangelist's son, Donnie Swaggart, will assume leadership of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries "until Brother Swaggart gets back on his feet." Swaggart, 56, will step down at least temporarily, he said.
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