Susie Ling

Mimaki Sisters of Monrovia
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Mimaki Sisters of Monrovia

By Susie Ling “A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” The Mimaki sisters – Helen, Bobbi, and Marian – are now 99, 97, and 95. When they came together recently, it was indeed like being with three little girls. “We all have odd-numbered ages now,” said one. Another said,…

Neighborhood Treasure Reunites JA Community of Monrovia
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Neighborhood Treasure Reunites JA Community of Monrovia

By Susie Ling There were about a dozen Tsuneishis, three Morimoto sisters, three Sakatani sisters, three Asano cousins, Kuromiyas, Nakanos, Satas, Inouye, 98-year young Ted Hashimoto (who graduated from M.A.D. High School in 1941), 99-year young Helen Mimaki, and their family and friends. There were also Monrovia City Council members, Monrovia Historical Society folk, ChangeMakers,…

Fisher Family Reunion Celebrated During Monrovia Days
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Fisher Family Reunion Celebrated During Monrovia Days

By Susie Ling Of course, the Fisher Family would have their reunion on the same day as the Monrovia Day celebration. Said Betty Fisher Thomas, “This is so nice. I went to the Monrovia Day parade in the morning and to this gathering for the evening. There are still 44 first cousins that are the…

Honoring Japanese American History in Monrovia
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Honoring Japanese American History in Monrovia

By Susie Ling The City of Monrovia is honoring its Japanese American history with a public art piece. Kerri Zessau of Monrovia said, “One of the key goals of our Neighborhood Treasures program is to affirm the importance and value of Monrovians in history. It also allows us to bring public art into different neighborhoods.”…

Monrovian Superstar, Architect Robert Kennard
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Monrovian Superstar, Architect Robert Kennard

By Susie Ling In 1986, Robert Kennard was inducted into the prestigious AIA College of Fellows for excellence in the field of architecture. Established in 1957, his Kennard Design Group (KDG) is one of the largest and oldest African American architectural firms in Los Angeles. Robert Alexander Kennard (1920-1995) was a Monrovian who graduated from…

Travelling Down History With ‘The Green Book’
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Travelling Down History With ‘The Green Book’

By Susie Ling and Roy Nakano The movie “Green Book” recently won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture. The real “Green Book,” however, was a project of Victor H. Green, a postal worker in Harlem. Like Martin Luther King did years later, Victor Green pursued a dream, but for the travelling African-American motorists. The…

‘Big Jim’ Espinosa of Monrovia
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‘Big Jim’ Espinosa of Monrovia

A tale of Mexican-American struggle, determination and kindness By Susie Ling, Monrovia Legacy Project “Big Jim” Espinosa was 6-foot-3 and between 200 and 300 pounds of mostly muscle, but it was his heart that was really big. Big Jim was a Monrovia community leader of his time. James William Espinosa (1904-1981) was born on Lucky…

Longtime Monrovians Exude Their Passion for the City
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Longtime Monrovians Exude Their Passion for the City

Summer in town: Monrovia’s Welcome Wagon – won’t you be my neighbor By Susie Ling If you’ve moved to Monrovia after 2003, you may know about Monrovia’s unique Welcome Wagon. Over the last fifteen years, John Watson and Hal Leavens collate information packets and plan their driving itinerary to go say “welcome neighbor” to new…

Summer in Town: Remembering Monrovia Veterans
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Summer in Town: Remembering Monrovia Veterans

By Susie Ling In 2006, 21-year-old Raul Mercado was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Mercado was born in Monrovia, earned a 3.5 grade-point average at Monrovia High, and was a member of the track and basketball teams. His goal was to buy a home for his mother, a hotel worker. At the lance…

Summer in Town: Meeting at Monrovian Restaurant
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Summer in Town: Meeting at Monrovian Restaurant

By Susie Ling It was in 1979 that Jimmy and Maria Kypreos opened Monrovian Restaurant – but not at the northeast corner of Myrtle and Colorado. Many of Monrovian Restaurant’s dedicated customers remember. Joe of San Dimas said, “I used to come with my three daughters when we lived in Monrovia. Jimmy had the restaurant…

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