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At Studios, Pope to the Left, Miami Vice to the Right

September 15, 1987

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Pope John Paul II, who met with thousands of teen-agers at the Universal Amphitheatre Tuesday, found himself in competition with a ″Miami Vice″ thrill show.

″The pope is to the left, the studio tour is to the right,″ usher Cedric Dillard shouted through a bullhorn at arriving crowds.

The popular Universal Studios tour, which now features a flaming speedboat chase from ″Miami Vice,″ draws up to 30,000 people a day.

A musical group warmed up the pope’s crowd by playing such songs as ″La Bamba,″ setting the stage for a question-and-answer period with the leader fot the world’s Roman Catholics.

″It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,″ said Lisa McBryde, a 15-year-old from Rosary High School in Fullerton.

Preparations were hampered by a prief power outage, and a priest with a megaphone asked the crowd to join in a prayer for help.

″We want to welcome Pope John Paul II and, if you would, just please give us a little power,″ the priest prayed. A few minutes later, technicians had the lights back on.

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