We’re excited to share with you the forty-third week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Doug Thornton, Allison Miner, Lafcadio Hearn, Jim Amoss, Sally Ann Roberts, and Lena Richard.
Doug Thornton, by Michael McManus
“One guy asked me why we wouldn’t just want to tear down the Dome because it harbors so many bad memories of the storm, but we had 30 years of good memories here before the hurricane. It could be a symbol for the rebuilding of New Orleans, something people could rally around.” — Doug Thornton, in a prophetic interview 11 days after Hurricane Katrina (excerpt from Nola.com)
Allison Miner, by Jeff Morgan
“There is more music per square foot in New Orleans than in any other city in the world, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. It’s our life!” — Allison Miner, writing in the book “Jazz Fest Memories,” published posthumously in 1997 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Lafcadio Hearn, by Jeremy Paten
“Times are not good here. The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under a lava flood of taxes and frauds and maladministrations so that it has become only a study for archaeologists. Its condition is so bad that when I write about it, as I intend to do soon, nobody will believe I am telling the truth. But it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes, than to own the whole state of Ohio.” — Lafcadio Hearn, upon moving to New Orleans (excerpt from Nola.com)
Jim Amoss, by Michael McManus
“There’s nothing like a newsroom.” — Jim Amoss, in a 2015 profile in NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Sally Ann Roberts, by Jeff Morgan
“When you hear the name Sally-Ann, it represents all that is good about mornings in New Orleans and southeast Louisiana. She has reached that rare status of being an icon.” — Tod Smith, WWL-TV’s president and general manager, when Roberts announced her retirement (excerpt from Nola.com)
Lena Richard, by Queen Hope Parker
“When I got way up there, I sure found out in a hurry that they couldn’t teach me much more than I already knew. I learned a few little things about fancy desserts and salads and other things like that. But when it comes to cooking meats, stews, soups, sauces and all the other things, those far-North people come down here to eat. I must say we Southern cooks have got them all beat a mile. That’s not boasting, it’s just the truth.” — Lena Richard, in a 1939 interview with The New Orleans Item (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.