We’re excited to share with you the fortieth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Clay Shaw, Rev. Fred Luter, Oscar Isentrout, Mary Louise Christovich, Becky Zaheri, and Brother Martin Hernandez.
A Portrait of Clay LaVerne Shaw, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“Clay Shaw was a gentleman and a gentle man. Alas, we are in all too short supply of men of his caliber. … In his passing he was not the victim — those of us remaining are, for it will be some time, if ever, that a man of his integrity comes into our lives again.” — Poet Rod McKuen, upon the 1974 death of Clay Shaw (excerpt from Nola.com)
Rev. Fred Luter, by Connie Kittok
“(Luter is) the fire-breathing, miracle-working pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church … who has been shaking the city with the power of the Gospel.” — The Rev. David Crosby, pastor of New Orleans’ First Baptist Church, in nominating Luter for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention (excerpt from Nola.com)
Oscar Isentrout, by Jeff Morgan
“The first time we performed with (Mr. Bingle) at Crippled Children’s Hospital, I placed his hand on the knee of a little boy whose hands were twisted into little claws. That boy slowly straightened one of his hands and laid it down on Mr. Bingle’s. That’s when I knew what I’d been sent here to do.” — puppeteer Oscar Isentrout, in a 1984 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Mary Louise Christovich, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“Without Mary Lou’s smart and energetic work over the past half-century, New Orleans would have suffered the loss of landmarks, neighborhoods and culture that we take for granted today. She led so many noble crusades that it’s hard to decide where to start thanking her.” — Jack Davis, then interim executive director of the PRC, upon the death of Mary Louise Christovich (excerpt from Nola.com)
Becky Zaheri, by Alexandra Kilburn
“Conditions were indescribable. It had become a junkyard. There was no way I could just pick up a tennis racket and go back to that old way of life.” — Becky Zaheri, in an interview with www.gimundo.com (excerpt from Nola.com)
A Portrait of Brother Martin Hernandez, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“If I have done any good in my life, it was done only because God used me as His instrument.” — Brother Martin Hernandez, in his last will and testament (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.