Blakeview: Art Neville

"Poppa Funk" was born Dec. 17, 1937
Next weekend marks the 80th birthday of Art Neville, one of the founding fathers of funk and the eldest member of one of New Orleans' most famous musical families. Nicknamed "Poppa Funk," Neville was born Dec. 17, 1937.

Blake Pontchartrain: Louis Armstrong's statue

Elizabeth Catlett designs the statue that now sits in Armstrong Park
Hey Blake, With all the talk of statues lately, I was curious about the history of the one honoring Louis Armstrong in Armstrong Park?

Blakeview: The 70th anniversary of Mr. Bingle

Emile Alline created the Maison Blanche icon
This holiday season marks the 70th anniversary of the debut of a Crescent City Christmas character who is still going strong: Mr. Bingle. The little snowman with the ice cream cone hat and holly wings originally was a holiday mascot for the Maison Blanche department store.

Blake Pontchartrain: The oldest building in New Orleans

The first Ursuline Convent was built in 1732
Hey Blake, All the talk of the city's tricentennial got me wondering: What is the oldest building in New Orleans?

Blakeview: Nathaniel "Buster" Curtis Jr., architect of the 'Dome

Curtis was born Nov. 29, 1917
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of a man who left an indelible mark on New Orleans and its skyline. Nathaniel "Buster" Curtis Jr. is best known as the architect of the Superdome, but his work is seen in dozens of other buildings around the world.

Blake Pontchartrain: City Park's casino building

Or is it "cantina"? Or "casina"?
Hey Blake, What is the history of the building in City Park that is now Morning Call?

Blakeview: The Simon Bolivar statue

The memorial to the Venezuelan military leader at Canal and Basin streets was dedicated 60 years ago
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the dedication of a monument to Venezuelan military leader Simon Bolivar, nicknamed "the Liberator" for his role in leading military campaigns that freed six countries from the Spanish Empire during the 19th century. A dedication was held at the site of the monument near Canal and Basin Streets on Nov. 25, 1957.

Blake Pontchartrain: The former McDonogh No. 11 school building

It’s only one of a handful of remaining schools designed by William Freret
Hey Blake, How in the world has the building near Canal and Derbigny Streets survived demolition when almost every other one there was destroyed?

Blakeview: Jean Etienne de Bore

A brief history of New Orleans' first mayor
As New Orleans prepares to elect its next mayor, we remember the city's first mayor, Jean Etienne de Bore. Born in 1740 in Kaskaskia, Illinois, de Bore was sent to France for his early education.

Blake Pontchartrain: Park Island in Bayou St. John

From "The Devil's Elbow" to city dump to Ray Nagin
Hey Blake, I recently had the pleasure of bartending at the former home of Ray Nagin, known as the Ashtray House, on Park Island.

Blake Pontchartrain: Ted Jourdan

The New Orleans baseball player broke into the big leagues in 1916
Hey Blake, I read your story about Shoeless Joe Jackson (Oct. 17).

Blakeview: The 40th anniversary of the election of Ernest "Dutch" Morial

New Orleans voters selected the city's first black mayor Nov. 12, 1977
With a mayoral runoff just two weeks way, this week we mark the 40th anniversary of the election of Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial as the city's first African-American mayor. He defeated Councilman At-Large Joseph DiRosa by more than 5,000 votes in the runoff election on Nov. 12, 1977.


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