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David Poling first met Billy Graham in the 1960s during a World Council of Churches meeting in Sweden and recalls talking with Graham about President Richard Nixon’s resignation during a visit with the charismatic Christian evangelist in Phoenix sometime in the ’70s.
But it was a quiet breakfast, just Poling and Graham in the restaurant of an Albuquerque motel, that is perhaps most vivid in Poling’s memory and most meaningful to him now, after Graham’s death.
It was 1975, the year Poling would become pastor of Albuquerque’s First Presbyterian Church. Graham was here in March of that year for a weeklong crusade at the University of New Mexico Arena, the Pit.