| Happy 90th
Birthday, Glendale, California (1996)
an interview by Hoover High student Eva Solomon (Mar '96)
Very few people will remember when the street car was one of the main forms of transportation down Brand Boulevard or remembers the Alex Theater the first time it opened. One being Mrs. Mary Commisso, a 93-year-old Eagle Rock resident who remembers the Glendale of yesteryear.
Mrs. Mary Commisso was born in 1903 in Houston, Texas. With her husband she moved from Texas to Inglewood, California nearly 40 years ago. She has also lived in the southern section of Los Angeles. In 1966 she moved to Glendale and has lived there nearly 30 years until her resent move to the Golden Years retirement home in Eagle Rock.
In her early years, Mrs. Commisso has helped serve Glendale in many ways. She has done this in helping in organizing The Catholic Hour, an organization that now has over 50 active members that help visit sick people and people in nursing homes. With her service she had with the Catholic church she also met famous people of the Catholic faith. She has even had the pleasure of meeting Catholic Pope John Paul II.
When asked what she thought of Glendale, Mrs. Commisso stated, "I think Glendale is about the nicest suburban section in the Los Angeles area. People who live here have pride in their homes, yards, and lives. I know this for a fact because I lived in Inglewood and South Los Angeles Sections."
Eva Solomon was a journalism student at Hoover High School in 1996.
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