- This week in Louisiana history. October 27, 1768. Rebellion against Ulloa began with spiking of protective New Orleans cannons.
- This week in New Orleans history. John William Corrington
(October 28, 1932 – November 24, 1988) was an American film
and television writer, novelist, poet and lawyer. While
on leave from LSU, Corrington obtained his D.Phil. in 1965,
from the University of Sussex and then moved to Loyola
University New Orleans in 1966, as an Associate Professor of
English, where he also served as chair of the English
Department. Corrington graduated from Tulane University Law
School in 1975, joined a small New Orleans personal injury law
firm, Plotkin and Bradley, and spent the next three years
practicing law. With his wife, Joyce Hooper Corrington,
Corrington wrote five screenplays, Von Richthofen and
Brown (1969), The Omega Man (1970), Boxcar
Bertha (1971), The Arena (1972) and Battle
for the Planet of the Apes (1973) and a television
film, The Killer Bees (1974).
- This week in Louisiana.
50th Annual Louisiana Pecan Festival
November 2-4, 2018
The Louisiana Pecan Festival takes place on the first full weekend of November each year. The festival and the Town of Colfax play host to 60,000 to 75,000 visitors each year, who come from all over Grant Parish, central Louisiana, the state and throughout the U.S. for three days of fun, great food, live musical entertainment and much more.
Why celebrate the pecan? For one, many area farmers grow the crop, and pecans are native to the area. Pecans were a staple of the diets of the local Native Americans, and when the settlers began to arrive here from the Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, large plantations grew pecans along with their other crops. Wild pecans were grafted and new varieties cultivated, and soon the crop flourished in the rich soil of the Red River Delta. Local homesteaders also benefited because almost every yard had one or two trees that produced enough pecans to "keep some and sell the rest", providing them a small money crop in the fall.
- Postcards from Louisiana. Bruce listens to African drums in the Musicians' Village in New Orleans.
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