In 1962, as a rookie cop in New Orleans, I knew the two local police reporters, Jack Dempsey and Albert Goldstein. In addition to reporting police news, Goldstein wrote a series of columns called "Albert's Noo Orleans." Can you provide information about how to locate copies?
You can go to the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library (219 Loyola Ave.), where you can read all of Albert (pronounced the French way, "al-BEAR") Goldstein's pieces — including "Albert's Noo Orleans," which was published in the 1960s — on microfilm, and you can make copies of them. The columns featured Goldstein's wonderful take on the local dialect and had a strong local following.
I'll bet a lot of folks remember Goldstein, who worked for The Times-Picayune for 43 years. During that time he took on a variety of jobs at the paper, including library assistant, Sunday book page editor, general assignment reporter, feature reporter and — for his last 12 years at the paper — police reporter. Goldstein retired from The Times-Picayune on Dec. 31, 1974.
Shortly after his retirement, Goldstein was honored at a ceremony in which Police Chief Clarence Giarrusso appointed him an honorary police captain and gave him a lifetime police press card and a key to the city.
Besides working at the daily newspaper, Goldstein, Julius Friend, Basil Thompson and John McClure founded The Double Dealer in 1921. They wanted to publish good literature by Southerners and writers who were lured to the climate, relaxed lifestyle and low cost of living in the South. The founders were angry about comments from people who claimed that nothing of literary significance was produced in the South. To show the error of such claims, during its six years of existence, The Double Dealer published the works of Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Mark Van Doren, Robert Penn Warren, Thornton Wilder and others.
Goldstein died June 1, 1978.