We’re excited to share with you the thirty-fourth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Stocker Fontelieu, Chris Owens, Alden McDonald, Karen Gadbois, Bob Merrick, and John T. Scott.
Stocker Fontelieu, by Michael McManus
“He was theatrical, but, then, he WAS theater.” — Frank Gagnard, a retired Times-Picayune critic, in a 2009 interview with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Chris Owens, by Alexandra Kilburn
“We hereby nominate as the girl most likely to succeed one Chris Owens. … She is a regal, vivid and sensuous-looking brunette of undeniable beauty and grace. But the prime factor that has brought her to the attention of New York and Hollywood is a dynamic quality which, translated into the torrid Latin rhythms, suggests the throbbing power of a DC-6 warming up for the takeoff.” — Times-Picayune entertainment columnist Howard Jacobs, writing about Chris Owens in September 1956 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Alden McDonald, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“People remain poor only because they have not had the opportunity to open a door. Once a door is open for them and they are pointed in the right direction, they can perform like anyone else.” — Alden McDonald Jr., in a 2001 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Karen Gadbois, by Connie Kittok
“It has set off a bomb that has exploded in slow motion here in the past three weeks, largely thanks to Ms. Gadbois: the federally financed program to gut and repair the storm-damaged homes of the poor and elderly, on which the city spent $1.8 million, has been exposed as — at least partly — a sham.” — The New York Times’ Adam Nossiter, in a 2008 story about Karen Gadbois’ work (excerpt from Nola.com)
Bob Merrick, by Saegan Swanson
“Bob Merrick is a true real estate visionary and one of our region’s great humanitarians.” — UNO President Peter Fos, in announcing the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Merrick in 2014 (excerpt from Nola.com)
John T. Scott, by Jessica Strahan
“In the African-American community, he was the first to be embraced by the white world. He was an artist of prominence that could rival anyone in the city. He became the role model, the pinnacle that all of us strove to be like.” — artist Willie Birch, on John T. Scott (excerpt from Nola.com)
Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.