Friday, October 31, 2014

76. Interview with poet Julie Kane

76.   We interviewed poet Julie Kane as we ate by the Cane River in Natchitoches. Julie is a Professor of English at Northwestern State University and was the 2011-2013 Louisiana Poet Laureate.  She has published several books of poetry, the most recent being Paper Bullets.  Enjoy the chat, and buy her books to enjoy the rest of her poetry. 
  1. This week in Louisiana history. Nov. 1 1966 New Orleans Saints become 16th NFL football team
  2. This week in New Orleans 
  3. history. From the New Orleans Public Libary: North Claiborne at Esplanade Avenue, November 1, 1956 -- The live oak trees on the North Claiborne neutral ground were uprooted so that construction of the elevated Interstate Highway 10 could proceed. The highway project not only took away the oak trees, it also drastically changed the economic and social life of the adjacent neighborhoods. Proposals are under consideration to dismantle the Interstate and restore the surface-level Avenue to once again be the “Main Street” of black Creole New Orleans.
  4. This week in Louisiana.
    Oct. 28-Nov. 2
    Yellow Rails and Rice Festival The sixth annual festival brings together birders, farmers, and spectators for field days, workshops, information booths, and more. Jennings.
  5. Battle of New Orleans  December 5, 1814. NO. XVIIITo commodore Daniel T. Patterson, New Orleans.
    Pensacola, 5th December, 1814.
    I feel
    it a duty to apprize you of a very large force of the enemy off this port, and it is generally understood New Orleans is the object of attack. It amounts at present to about eighty vessels, and more than double that number are momentarily looked for, to form a junction, when an immediate commencement of their operations will take place. I am not able to learn, how, when, or where the attack will be made; but I heard that they have vessels of all descriptions, and a large body of troops. Admiral Cochrane commands, and his ship, the Tonnant, lies at this moment just outside the bar; they certainly appear to have swept the West Indies of troops, and probably no means will be left untried to obtain their object.
    — The admiral arrived only yesterday noon. 
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Friday, October 24, 2014

75. Interview with author Tim Parrish

75.  We interview writer Tim Parrish, author of  Fear and What Follows (a memoir of bigotry and bullying in Baton Rouge),  The Jumper (a coming of age novel), and Red Stick Men (a book of short stories set in blue-collar Baton Rouge). 
  1. This week in Louisiana history. October 25, 1769. "Bloody" O'Reilly executes rebels who ousted Ulloa to hang but no hangman, they were shot instead.  The Martyr Patriots by T. Wharton Collens is about this incident.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. October 25, 1924.  Earl Cyril Palmer  born in New Orleans and raised in the Trem√© (October 25, 1924 – September 19, 2008) was an American rock & roll and rhythm and blues drummer, and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Palmer played on many recording sessions, including Little Richard's first several albums and Tom Waits' 1978 album Blue Valentine. playing on New Orleans recording sessions, including Fats Domino's "The Fat Man", "I'm Walkin" (and all the rest of Domino's hits), "Tipitina" by Professor Longhair, "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard (and most of Richard's hits), "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price, and "I Hear You Knockin'" by Smiley Lewis.
  3. This week in Louisiana. 
    Brudley's Wild Game Cookoff
    October 25th, 2014
    SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds
    713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, LA 70560
    337-365-7539 | 337-365-4795

  4. Battle of New Orleans  September 15, 1814NO. XIV. Address from the committee of public defence, to their fellow citizens.
    Fellow Citizens,
    by a numerous assembly of the citizens of New Orleans, to aid the constituted authorities in devising the most certain means of guarding against the dangers which threatened you, our first duty is to apprize you of the extent of those dangers — your open enemy is preparing to attack you from without, and by means of his vile agents dispersed through the country, endeavours to excite to insurrection a more cruel and dangerous one in the midst of you. Fellow citizens! the most perfect union is necessary among all the individuals which compose our community; all have an equal interest in yielding a free and full obedience to their magistrates and officers, and in forwarding their views for the public good — all have not only their property, but their very existence at stake; you have, through your representatives in the convention, contracted the solemn obligation of becoming an integral part of the United States of America; by this measure you secured your own sovereignty and acquired the invaluable blessing of independence. God forbid that we should believe there are any among us disposed to fail in the sacred duties required by fidelity and honour. 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

74. Interview with Lamar White, Jr., about Louisiana and Texas politics

74.  We interview Lamar White, Jr., writer and editor of the CenLamar Blog. We check back in with Lamar because of his role in a Texas political conflict he was involved in this week.  Lamar has been interested in local politics and history for many years, and his blog has a wide following.  He is currently attending the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, but he continues to report and comment on Louisiana politics on his blog.

  1. This week in Louisiana history. October 19, 1803. Louisiana Purchase Treaty ratified by senate by a vote of 24 to 7.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. October 18, 1939.  Lee Harvey Oswald was born in the French Hospital at 1821 Orleans Avenue in New Orleans on October 18, 1939 to Robert Edward Lee Oswald, Sr. and Marguerite Frances Claverie. Robert, Sr. died of a heart attack two months prior to Lee's birth. Oswald had two older siblings—brother Robert Edward Lee Oswald, Jr. and half-brother John Edward Pic.  In 1944, Oswald's mother moved the family from New Orleans to Dallas. Oswald entered the 1st grade in 1945 and over the next half-dozen years attended several different schools in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas through the 6th grade. As a child, Oswald was described by several people who knew him as withdrawn and temperamental. In August 1952, when Oswald was 12, his mother took him to New York City where they lived for a short time with Oswald's half-brother, John Pic. Oswald and his mother were later asked to leave after an argument in which Oswald allegedly struck his mother and threatened Pic's wife with a pocket knife.  Oswald attended the 7th grade in the Bronx, New York but was often truant, which led to a psychiatric assessment at a juvenile reformatory. The reformatory psychiatrist, Dr. Renatus Hartogs, described Oswald as immersed in a "vivid fantasy life, turning around the topics of omnipotence and power, through which [Oswald] tries to compensate for his present shortcomings and frustrations." Dr. Hartogs detected a "personality pattern disturbance with schizoid features and passive-aggressive tendencies" and recommended continued treatment.
  3. This week in Louisiana. 
    State Fair of Louisiana
    October 23rd, 2014 - November 9th, 2014
    State Fair of Louisiana
    3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport, LA 71109
    318-635-1361 | 318-631-4909

    The official State Fair of the State of Louisiana. The largest livestock show of the year, a carnival known for thrilling rides and great games on the midway along with great food, competitive exhibits, the PRCA championship rodeo, college football and much more!
    The official State Fair of the State of Louisiana. The largest livestock show of the year, a carnival known for thrilling rides and great games on the midway along with great food, competitive exhibits, the PRCA championship rodeo, college football and much more!
  4. Battle of New Orleans  August 6th, 1814. NO. VIII
    Militia general orders, head-quarters,
    New Orleans, August 6th, 1814.
    a letter from the honourable the secretary at war, under date of the 4th ultimo, the governor of Louisiana has received the orders of the president of the United States, to organize and hold in readiness for immediate service, a corps of a thousand militia infantry, being the quota assigned to this state, of a requisition for ninety-three thousand five hundred men, made on the executives of the several states, under the laws of the 28th February 1795, and 18th of April 1814, the governor and commander-in-chief in consequence directs, that one complete regiment, a thousand strong, to be composed of two battalions 1st and 2nd be organized and equipped for service, with the least possible delay. The first division of militia will furnish four full companies, each company to consist of one captain, one first lieutenant, two second lieutenant, four serjeants, four corporals, one drummer, one fifer, and ninety privates — the whole to be apportioned among the several brigades or regiments attached to the first division by the major-general commanding the same, and under his orders to be organized on or before the 4th of September next, and due returns made to the adjutant-general.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

73. Interview with Musician Stephen Billeaud

73.  We interview Stephen Billeaud.  Writer and musician. Formerly of Royal Teeth. Resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, cher.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. October 14, 1813. U.S. dragoons attacked pirate Jean Lafitte in marshes near N.O.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. October 11, 1937.  In 10 parishes, 5,335 people were employed, in this "white collar" program, who sorted 59,224 case reports at Charity Hospital, thousands of volumes for the New Orleans Public Library, the archives of the Cabildo and City Hall, 15,000 veterans' grave records, and 12,923 service records. The data from 800,000 observations of atmospheric balloon flights were recorded, currents and tides were indexed.  New Orleans traffic problems were surveyed.  Workers modernized the city tax office by processing 183,687 pages of tax record books.  A toy lending center was established where workers repaired 1528 toys and created 8,825 more.  Other workers reconditioned 1,574 pieces of furniture for distribution to underprivileged homes and made clothing for persons on relief rolls at 10 different locations.  Alma S. Hammond was the state director of this Professional and Service Division.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    79th International Rice Festival
    October 15th, 2014 - October 18th, 2014
    Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526

  4. Battle of New Orleans  September 15 Resolutions by the citizens of New Orleans in Tremoulet's coffee-house.  NO. XIII
    At a very numerous and respectable meeting of the citizens of New Orleans and its vicinity, assembled pursuant to public notice at Tremoulet's coffee-house, on the 15th day of September, 1814, to consider of the propriety of naming a committee to co-operate with the constituted authorities of the state and general government, in suggesting measures of defence, and calling out the force of the country in the present emergency,
    Edward Livingston, Esq. was called to the chair, and Richard Relf, Esq. appointed secretary of the meeting.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Poetry reading by David Middleton at Saline Library, October 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Invites you to join us for a Poetry Reading by

Thursday, October 16, 2014
10:00-11:00 a.m.
As a child in the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. Middleton spent many summers, weekends, and holidays in Saline visiting his maternal grandparents, Henderson Edward and Mary Emma Sudduth.  Mr. Sudduth was mayor of Saline and president of the Bank of Saline.  The old bank building has been remodeled and now serves as the Saline Branch in the Bienville Parish Library System.

For more information, please contact the library at 318.576.8990.

Friday, October 3, 2014

72. Interview with writer O'Neil De Noux

72.  We talk to O’Neil De Noux, a prolific novelist from New Orleans. Although most of De Noux’s fiction falls under the mystery genre, critics describe his work as character-driven crime fiction, he has published stories in many disciplines beyond the mystery, including historical fiction, children’s fiction, mainstream fiction, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, western, literary, religious, romance, humor and erotica.  Today we talk to him about his work as a police detective and his detective fiction.  In a few weeks, we will talk to him again about his Battle of New Orleans historical novel, Battle Kiss.  In the meantime, try a sample of his work, "Women Are Like Streetcars."
  1. This week in Louisiana history. October 7, 1829. Gov. Derbigny suffers fatal accident when thrown from carriage.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. October 4, 1884. The University of Louisiana becomes The Tulane University of Louisiana.
  3. This week in Louisiana. 
    Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
    October 10th, 2014 - October 12th, 2014
    Girard Park
    500 Girard Park, Lafayette, LA 70503

    Girard Park
    Festivals Acadiens et Creoles started in 1972 as an effort to keep Cajun culture alive. Since then it has grown into a three day event that attracts people of many different nationalities from all over the world. Whether you're amongst the young or the young at heart, you can bet that Festivals Acadiens has something that will tickle your fancy. Come join us for good music, good food, and good times!
  4. Battle of New Orleans  September 21, 1814. NO. XVII.  
    Head-quarters, 7th military district, Mobile, September 21, 1814.
    To the free coloured inhabitants of Louisiana.
    To every noble-hearted, generous freeman of colour, volunteering to serve during the present contest with Great Britain, and no longer, there will be paid the same bounty in money and lands, now received by the White soldiers of the United States, viz. one hundred and twenty-four dollars in money, and one hundred and sixty acres of land. The non-commissioned officers and privates will also be entitled to the same monthly pay and daily rations, and clothes furnished to any American soldier.
    On enrolling yourselves in companies, the major-general commanding will select officers for your government, from your white fellow citizens. Your non-commissioned officers will be appointed from among yourselves.
    Andrew Jackson,
    Major-general commanding.
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