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September 22, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Tony Melendez, the armless guitarist and singer who gave a three-minute miniset for Pope John Paul II during the pontiff's visit here last week, is learning the meaning of the term exposure . Reporters, concert promoters and agents from all over the world have contacted Melendez, the 25-year-old musician said after Mass Sunday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Chino. "It's scary, because it has all happened so fast," Melendez told fellow parishioners. "I ask you to pray for me."
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November 21, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tony Melendez, a man born without arms who touched Pope John Paul II in 1987 by singing and playing the guitar with his toes, joined a weekend anti-abortion march in Riverside attended by thousands. "Life is so precious. Because of a drug, I was denied arms, but I still feel in my heart that my mother would have had me even if she had known," Melendez said. Melendez, 27, of Chino, was a thalidomide baby.
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November 21, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tony Melendez, a man born without arms who touched Pope John Paul II in 1987 by singing and playing the guitar with his toes, joined a weekend anti-abortion march in Riverside attended by thousands. "Life is so precious. Because of a drug, I was denied arms, but I still feel in my heart that my mother would have had me even if she had known," Melendez said. Melendez, 27, of Chino, was a thalidomide baby.
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August 23, 1988 | LOUIS SAHAGUN
It started with a kiss on the cheek. The kiss, from Pope John Paul II on Sept. 15 last year during his visit to Los Angeles, was viewed on television by millions of people around the world and lifted armless itinerant musician Tony Melendez, who had learned to play guitar with his feet, from obscurity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1987
Tony Melendez, the armless man who was embraced by Pope John Paul II after playing the guitar with his toes at the Universal Amphitheater during last month's papal visit, was honored for his courage Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. "I say to everyone, you can do just as much, if not more, than I can," said the 25-year-old singer-guitarist when he received his scroll. "I believe from my heart we can all do as much as we want to do."
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September 25, 1987
Tony Melendez, the armless young man who plays his guitar with his feet, was told by Pope John Paul: "You are giving hope to all of us. Keep giving hope to people. Keep singing. Keep ministering." Tony's parish priest, Father Dominic De Pasquale, told The Times: "We don't ever think of Tony as a handicapped person," and described how Tony, in a "very moving" ceremony, once blessed a worshipper by using his toe to trace the sign of the cross on the person's palms. Tony himself says: "Once around me, people get over the fear of meeting someone with no arms."
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September 17, 1987 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
On Tuesday, Tony Melendez played the guitar for the Pope. Melendez, who is armless, played with his feet, just as he does each Sunday for Mass at his parish church. On Wednesday, Melendez, 25, was a media star. About 9 a.m. the first of four television crews arrived at the family home in Chino. "They came and woke me up," Melendez said. When he checked his answering machine, 11 calls had already come in. But yesterday, Melendez was not thinking of overnight stardom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1988 | LOUIS SAHAGUN
It started with a kiss on the cheek. The kiss, from Pope John Paul II on Sept. 15 last year during his visit to Los Angeles, was viewed on television by millions of people around the world and lifted armless itinerant musician Tony Melendez, who had learned to play guitar with his feet, from obscurity.
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September 24, 1987 | MARY BARBER, Times Staff Writer
Tony Melendez sang "Never Be the Same" again last Sunday night, and it was true. Hundreds of people at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Baldwin Park clustered around "our Tony" to kiss the cheek that Pope John Paul II had kissed when Melendez sang that same song five days earlier. The huge congregation burst into applause when Melendez sang and played the guitar with his feet, as he has done at the 5 p.m. Mass for the past five years.
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February 21, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Pope John Paul II welcomed to the Vatican today an armless guitarist who moved him to tears in Hollywood during his tour of the United States in 1987. Tony Melendez, 27, who was born without arms, stole the show on Sept. 15, 1987, when he played the guitar with his bare feet and sang at a youth meeting with the Pope at Universal Studios.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1987
Tony Melendez, the armless man who was embraced by Pope John Paul II after playing the guitar with his toes at the Universal Amphitheater during last month's papal visit, was honored for his courage Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. "I say to everyone, you can do just as much, if not more, than I can," said the 25-year-old singer-guitarist when he received his scroll. "I believe from my heart we can all do as much as we want to do."
NEWS
September 25, 1987
What is the Latin equivalent of chutzpah? Deep in your story about the remarkable Tony Melendez, the thalidomide victim whose armless guitar performance so impressed Pope John Paul II at the Universal Amphitheatre, you report that his adolescent desire to become a priest was quashed when he "was turned down because of his handicap" ("A Star of the Papal Tour" by Beverly Beyette, Sept. 17). A few paragraphs later, while proudly extolling Melendez's talents, his priest, Father De Pasquale, declares: "We don't ever think of Tony as a handicapped person."
NEWS
September 24, 1987 | MARY BARBER, Times Staff Writer
Tony Melendez sang "Never Be the Same" again last Sunday night, and it was true. Hundreds of people at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Baldwin Park clustered around "our Tony" to kiss the cheek that Pope John Paul II had kissed when Melendez sang that same song five days earlier. The huge congregation burst into applause when Melendez sang and played the guitar with his feet, as he has done at the 5 p.m. Mass for the past five years.
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September 22, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Tony Melendez, the armless guitarist and singer who gave a three-minute miniset for Pope John Paul II during the pontiff's visit here last week, is learning the meaning of the term exposure . Reporters, concert promoters and agents from all over the world have contacted Melendez, the 25-year-old musician said after Mass Sunday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Chino. "It's scary, because it has all happened so fast," Melendez told fellow parishioners. "I ask you to pray for me."
NEWS
September 17, 1987 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
On Tuesday, Tony Melendez played the guitar for the Pope. Melendez, who is armless, played with his feet, just as he does each Sunday for Mass at his parish church. On Wednesday, Melendez, 25, was a media star. About 9 a.m. the first of four television crews arrived at the family home in Chino. "They came and woke me up," Melendez said. When he checked his answering machine, 11 calls had already come in. But yesterday, Melendez was not thinking of overnight stardom.
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January 19, 1988 | TERRY ATKINSON, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"The Papal Spacebridge: Satellite Youth Forum." Heart of the Nation. $24.95. Amazing TV: This was the live satellite linkup where Catholic youth from four American cities asked questions of Pope John Paul II (who was with the L.A. gathering at the Universal Amphitheatre), sang for him and cheered as if they'd mistaken the Holy Father for a member of U2.
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