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Farwell family tomb in Metairie Cemetery. The patriarch, Charles Alphonzo Farwell, was a sugar broker in New Orleans. He was lauded for his efforts to protect the domestic sugar industry when sugar imports from Cuba and Central America were on the rise in the late 19th Century. Biographies of Mr. Farwell mention that he was a member of numerous clubs and civic organizations, including the Boston Club, which is noted as the primary behind-the-scenes organization for the Rex Parade on Mardi Gras. It's interesting, though, that Farwell chose Freemasonry as his lasting public memory, placing the seal of the York Rite Knights Templar on his tomb, as well as the square-and-compass of the Blue Lodge.

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Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.

The talk of merging the University of New Orleans with Southern University in New Orleans has been going on since I was a UNO student in the late 1970s. Now that Candidate Bobby Jindal (I do not refer to his elected title; he spends so much time out of the state campaigning for President, he forfeited the right to be called anything but a candidate) has destroyed most of the governmental infrastructure by not planning for sharp drops in oil prices and refusing to increase taxes/fees, lawmakers are scrambling to find any way possible to keep state-run universities from vanishing altogether.

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Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 09:05 AM PDT

Monday Streetcar Blogging

by YatPundit

NORTA2012, a VonDullen streetcar built in 2003, inbound on the Loyola-UPT Line. The Loyola-UPT runs from the Union Passenger Terminal (UPT), at Earhart Blvd and Loyola Ave. It travels inbound on Loyola to Canal Street, where it turns toward the river, to the foot of Canal. There, the line travels along the Riverfront to the French Market Terminal at Esplanade Avenue.

The Loyola-UPT line was paid for primarily by the Obama Stimulus program of 2010. More info on the VonDullen cars below the squiggly.

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This is a great photo of the end of the line for the St. Charles Streetcar, at S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Avenues. When "belt" service on St. Charles and Tulane lines was discontinued in 1951 (Tulane was converted to trackless trolleys that year), St. Charles was configured as point-to-loop operation. This was the point, at the uptown terminus, and the loop was Lee Circle to Carondelet to Canal, then turn back onto St. Charles for the outbound run.

Come reminisce with me a bit about New Orleans transit below the squiggle.

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Had drinks and picked at starters with the lovely and talented Laura Bergerol last week at Irish House. Always a fun time!

The Irish House isn't just your average Irish Pub; the food goes way beyond that. Check some of it out below the squiggle.

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Aaron Broussard, during his emotional breakdown on Meet The Press, September 4, 2005

Two trials are underway here in New Orleans that have folks re-living the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, which struck the city on August 29, 2005. In state court, 24th Judicial District Judge John Peytavin presides over a civil class-action lawsuit against the Parish of Jefferson. The plaintiffs charge that the Parish (which is just to the west of the city of New Orleans) implemented an unnecessary “doomsday plan” prior to Katrina's landfall that left the residents defenseless from street flooding and caused billions of dollars in damage. In Federal court downtown, another jury hears testimony in the corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, who is accused of using the storm's aftermath for personal gain, at the expense of residents. Both trials bring back a flood of memories, anger, and post-traumatic stress among locals.

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NOPSI 1001, running as SPECIAL on City Park Avenue. This was a training run, to demonstrate the company's proposal for single-man streetcar operation.

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Looking up Canal Street from St. Charles Avenue (on the left of the photographer) and Rue Royale (on the right). The stores are lit up for Carnival, with Daniel Henry Holmes' department store on the right the brightest of the bunch.

It's also the first day my new book Legendary Locals of New Orleans, published by Arcadia is available in stores and from the usual on-line suspects. Go past the squiggly for more details on both topics...

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Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 06:12 AM PST

Deconstructing Frank Luntz

by YatPundit

Pollsters and image-consultants like Frank Luntz are the best and most interesting Monday-morning quarterbacks. Luntz's latest advice to Republicans, published in Friday's Washington Post, encourages them to return to the "kinder, gentler" language of St. Ronald of California, while still hitting Dems hard on their philosophy.

Is this a winning formula for the GOP? Let's break it down after the squiggly.

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There are a lot of good appetizers in the NOLA.com recipe database, but many of them are true starter dishes. For Christmas dinner, I needed some true hors d'oeuvres-"finger food"-for folks to pick on as we all arrived for dinner. i came across what looked like a tasty shrimp recipe from the Pelican Club.

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Naiome Harris is hot as "Eve" in "SkyFall"

The latest 007 movie, SkyFall, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond and Dame Judi Dench as "M," is an awesome contribution to the Bond franchise. It's also following a couple of interesting Science Fiction trends that have "gone mainstream." Say "Cyberpunk" or "Steampunk" to folks who don't regularly read SF/F, and you'll likely get a blank stare. But they're all over the place, and are very prominent in Skyfall.

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New Orleans Railway and Light #605, on the West End Belt Line, October 8, 1921. This is the first in a series of about ten photos of 605 heading down (riverbound) on Esplanade Avenue. The notations indicate that the photos are from Charles Franck Studios. Franck was the photographer on retainer for a number of law firms in downtown New Orleans. The notes on the photographs indicate that this run was made so the photographer could shoot the streetcar as it passed trees along the line as it approached St. Claude Avenue.

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