Friday, December 25, 2015

136. Sim Shattuck, part 2.

136. Part 2 of our interview with Sim Shattuck.  Sim was born in Decatur, Georgia, has lived in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and New York City, although most of his growing years were in Northern Virginia, where he graduated from George Mason University in 1972. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997. He retired from teaching English at Louisiana Tech University and is currently living in Covington, Louisiana. He has also written the following novels: Yarilo's Dance, Krewe of Hecate, Basilisk, & Pleasant Hurricanes.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. December 25 1913 "Candy" Candido was born today in New Orleans. You can hear his voice in Disney's "Peter Pan," "Robin Hood," and the Haunted Mansion attraction, among other Disney productions.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. George Joseph Porter, Jr. (born December 26, 1947) is best known as the bassist and singer for The Meters. Along with Art Neville, Porter formed the group in the mid 1960s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    New Year's Eve in New Orleans
    Jackson Square
    For the biggest party in the city, head down to Jackson Square – the Quarter is packed with festive partygoers eager to count down the time until the New Year arrives. And because New Orleans does everything a little differently, don’t expect your run of the mill New Years ball drop; instead “Baby New Year” drops from its perch on the top of Jax Brewery followed by a magnificent fireworks show over the Mississippi. Follow the crowds to Bourbon Street and party til’ the early morning, or break away from the group and find your own special spot to celebrate in.
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