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Dale Van Atta

Dale Van Atta is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist who has been nominated five times for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife, Lynne. His book The Washington D.C. Temple: Divine by Design is available at dalevanatta.com.

May 04, 2022 09:56 AM MDT
The first open house for the DC Temple in 1974 was an enormous challenge filled with unexpected problems, but also unexpected blessings.
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January 14, 2020 10:00 PM MST
No one on New Hampshire’s beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee could have suspected that the still air on a peaceful Saturday morning in 1985 might almost prove lethal for one of its most recognizable summer residents, Bill Marriott.
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October 12, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
Bill Marriott puts faith at the forefront of his life, and that's no secret. In the rooms in his hotels guests can find a copy of the Book of Mormon and Bible. At a party celebrating the opening of his $24-million Los Angeles hotel Bill recalled a memorable moment with John Wayne: “He was a very large man and a man of few words, but he let me know exactly what he wanted—a drink—when he said, ‘I understand liquor flows like glue at Mormon parties.’” There was little doubt in any one's mind that to Bill Marriott, faith and family came first.
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September 11, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
In 1991, Marriott opened the 37-story, 504-room Financial Center Marriott two blocks from the World Trade Center. It was the only competition for the nearby Vista International hotel, which was nestled between the massive 110-story Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
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September 04, 2019 09:48 AM MDT
When Church member and businessman Bill Marriott built a hotel in Philadelphia in the 1960s, it was Marriott’s first purely suburban hostelry. “It was not downtown,” he said. “It was not next to an airport, and it was not on a major highway. It was just a big suburban hotel.” Bill’s father, J.Willard (J.W.) Marriott, had bought the land for $30,000 in the 1940s. It was just outside the city’s limits in the upscale Bala Cynwyd neighborhood, a block from the heavily traveled Schuylkill Expressway and less than five miles west of the center of Philadelphia, which then had a population of four million and was the fourth-largest city in the country. When a contingent of Philadelphia businessmen had offered J.W. $1 million for the property, his response was, “Why?”
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