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Blakeview: Airline Motors Restaurant

Remembering the 24-hour diner and filling station in LaPlace
A recent trip on Airline Highway through the River Parishes brought back memories of the Airline Motors restaurant. The LaPlace diner, which closed in 1993, was a frequent stop for drivers traveling between New Orleans and Baton Rouge in the 1950s and '60s — before the interstate system.

Blake Pontchartrain: Plaza theater on Magazine Street

The theater opened in 1920
Hey Blake, In the late 1970s or early '80s there was a theater on Magazine Street that showed avant-garde art films on Saturday at midnight.

Blakeview: LeRoux's 'New Orleans Ladies'

The song reached the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978
Forty years ago this summer, a song by a Louisiana band began its rise on the Billboard music charts: "New Orleans Ladies," performed by the Baton Rouge-based band LeRoux. In it, lead singer Jeff Pollard describes those "Creole babies" with a sassy style who sashay by, "all the way from Bourbon Street to Esplanade."

Blake Pontchartrain: World War I memorial in Bywater

The arch was erected in 1919 to honor 9th Ward residents who served
Hey Blake, Last week while visiting a cousin in Bywater, we walked by a World War I memorial on Burgundy Street.

Blakeview: Latrobe Park

From pumping station and fish market to parking lot and park
The 31st annual Creole Tomato Festival is June 9-10 at the French Market, and nearby is Latrobe Park, a small pocket park on Decatur Street between St. Philip and Ursulines streets. The park dates to the 1970s but is on the original site of the city's first pumping station.

Blake Pontchartrain: Cor Jesu High School

The New Orleans schools under the Brothers of the Sacred Heart
Hey Blake, I was watching a WYES-TV documentary on Tom Benson, which mentioned he went to St. Aloysius High School. I know it merged with Cor Jesu to become Brother Martin High School, but what is the history of Cor Jesu?

Blakeview: the Desire streetcar's end of the line

The line was replaced by buses in 1948
Sixty years ago this week marked the end of the line for the city's famous streetcar named Desire. The Desire streetcar line began in 1920 and for most of its existence traveled down Bourbon Street from Canal Street, veering left at Pauger Street before traveling down Dauphine Street to Desire Street.

Blake Pontchartrain: La Valliere and Sub Rosa deodorant

A local perfume company — on Bourbon Street?
Hey Blake, New Orleans had some great local products in the 1950s and '60s, one of which was Sub Rosa deodorant.

Blakeview: Risen Star

The champion thoroughbred was co-owned by Ronnie Lamarque and Louis Roussell III
Thirty years ago this week, New Orleans was in the national headlines for a horse — Risen Star, a champion thoroughbred that won the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on May 21, 1988. Sired by legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat, Risen Star was co-owned by car dealer Ronnie Lamarque and Louie Roussel III, majority owner of the Fair Grounds Race Track at the time.

Blake Pontchartrain: Dom Fazzio and the bowling alley from A Confederacy of Dunces

Fazzio's Centennial Bowling Alley opened in 1941
Hey Blake, In the book A Confederacy of Dunces, Ignatius' mother talks about going to bowl at Fazzio's.

Blakeview: American Can Company

The factory-turned-apartment building in Mid-City
With the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo taking place this weekend along Bayou St. John, we look at the history of another major factory in this area — the American Can Company, whose building still sits near the bayou's banks. The New York company, incorporated in 1901, announced in 1905 that it planned to build a factory in New Orleans, partly because of the state's seafood industry.

Blake Pontchartrain: Kenner's match factory

Five decades of making millions of matchsticks on River Road
Hey Blake, One of my fondest memories as a kid was to sit with my grandfather on his backyard swing and watch him light his cigars with wooden matches.

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