in memoriam

New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, is being reburied 25 years after his death.

The Morials have bought a new family tomb in St. Louis Cemetery Number 3.

It's about 2 miles from St. Louis Cemetery Number 1, where Morial was buried in 1989. That tomb, in the city's oldest cemetery, is inscribed with his slogan, "Keep the drive alive."

This morning’s ceremony will be ecumenical. A news release says it will include a blessing from Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond and prayers from a rabbi, a Muslim imam and a Baptist church's bishop emeritus.

It’s a bit of a blue Christmas in New Iberia.

Some people are complaining that the city’s Christmas lights are too subdued this year.

But the blue lights lining trees, store windows and other decorations on Main Street are a memorial to a home-town artist — George Rodrigue. His blue dog paintings became internationally famous.

Rodrigue died a year ago.

Phyllis Mata of the Magic on Main committee tells The Daily Iberian that the change from white lights is temporary.

Former New Orleans civil rights activist Rudy Lombard has died.

He was 75.

The one-time mayoral candidate’s conviction for a sit-in at a Canal Street store was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

He died Saturday of complications from pancreatic cancer.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Lombard spent the past 20 years or so in Evanston, Illinois, where he worked as a research scientist for NorthShore University HealthSystem, focusing on prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease a decade ago.

University of New Orleans professor and New Orleans historian Michael Mizell-Nelson died this week at the age of 49. Nelson was an avid scholar of the history of the city — especially the history of po-boy sandwiches, race relations in New Orleans, and how it all tied in with the history of the streetcar.

WWNO’s Poppy Tooker says she had the pleasure of spending time with Nelson during the taping of show segments for Louisiana Eats.

Disability advocate, mayoral candidate and comedian Jonah Bascle has died.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Bascle died of heart failure on Tuesday.

He was 28.

Bascle made headlines in 2010 when he ran for New Orleans mayor. He joked that he lost in a close race — by more than 68,000 votes.

Bascle lead a drive to make the St. Charles streetcars wheelchair accessible. The historic landmark is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act and remains inaccessible.

He was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 12 years old.

A Message From Tom Ashbrook

Nov 11, 2014

A NOTE FROM ON POINT: We’re sad to share the news that Tom Ashbrook’s wife, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, has died after a long, brave battle with cancer. Below is a message from Tom that he recorded before taking a personal leave.

Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi, 1937-2014

Nov 3, 2014
Richard Howard

Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR’s hit comedy show Car Talk for the last 37 years, died Monday morning, November 3, 2014, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Turns out he wasn’t kidding,” said Ray. “He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.”

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73.

His brother-in-law, journalist Steve Roberts, said Boggs died Monday morning at his home in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. The cause of death has not been determined, but the family suspected a heart attack, Roberts said.

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Cosimo Matassa, owner of J&M Recording Studios in the French Quarter where Fats Domino recorded his first album in 1949, has died. Matassa was 88 years old.

Matassa recorded music with many popular musicians including Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Little Richard and Lloyd Price. Smiley Lewis, Professor Longhair, Roy Brown and countless others also created magic at Matassa's studio.

He opened the J&M Record Shop in 1945 and since there were no other recording studios in New Orleans at the time, his studio became a popular gathering place for musicians. 

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New Orleans will be saying goodbye Friday and Saturday to jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos.