Beloved writer, cook, broadcaster, and lover of New Orleans,
Frank Joseph Davis passed away on December 9, 2013. He served New Orleans television
station WWL-TV and its radio affiliate WWL-AM, from 1974 until his health-related retirement in 2011. Davis's
inaugural broadcast responsibility was a live sportsman's radio talk show, following a brief career with the Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. His journalistic style shifted to on-air featured stories and interviews as his subject
matter expanded from fishing in southeast Louisiana to the New Orleans Mardi Gras and the cuisine of New Orleans. His
outdoor sportsmen's reports tied together south Louisiana cuisine with the sport of fishing in a way that was said to be pioneering. Davis
perennially covered Mardi Gras festivities for local television audiences from a St. Charles Avenue broadcast booth.
His death was due to Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, a rare autoimmune disease.
Davis authored several cookbooks and other reference guides to the cuisine of New Orleans and
to South Louisiana seafood. His culinary legacy included "bronzing", a toned-down version of blackening. He
invented the "Strictly N'Awlins" series of seasonings. Davis's culinary papers were donated to the Southern
Food and Beverage (SoFab) Culinary Library and Institute subsequent to his death.
2014, the Louisiana State Legislature named the I-10 Twin Span Bridge that links Orleans Parish and St.
Tammany Parish over the eastern end of Lake Pontchartrain the "Frank Davis 'Naturally N'Awlins' Memorial
Bridge". This is an area where Davis often fished. (Wiki)
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Stan Rice (November 7, 1942 – December 9, 2002), was a Professor of English
and Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. In 1977 he received the Academy of American Poets' Edgar Allan Poe
Award for Whiteboy, and in subsequent years was also the recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award
as well as a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.Rice retired after 22 years as Chairman of the Creative Writing program as well as Assistant Director of the Poetry Center in 1989. It was
the death of he and his wife, Anne Rice's daughter Michele (1966–1972), at age six of leukemia, which sparked Stan Rice's
becoming a published author. His first book of poems, based on his daughter's illness and death, was titled Some Lamb,
and was published in 1975. He encouraged his wife to quit her work as a waitress, cook and theater usher in order to devote
herself full-time to her writing, who both eventually encouraged their son, novelist Christopher Rice, to become a published
author as well. Rice, Anne, and son Christopher moved to Garden District, New Orleans in 1988, where he eventually opened
the Stan Rice Gallery.
Ralph J. Bunche (August
7, 1903 – December 9, 1971) was an American political scientist,
academic, and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Palestine. He was the first
African American and person of color to be so honored in the history of the prize. He was involved in the formation and administration
of the United Nations. In 1963, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President John F. Kennedy. Bunche Village and Ralph
Bunche school in Metairie are named for him.
Golf sponosors from around the coutnry met in New Orleans
on December 9, 1969 to form the American Golf Sponsors, Inc. (AGS).
Photo of Oak Place from North Tonti Street to North Rocheblave Street "before" Paving Lien-3rd Phase; asphault surfacing completed
December 9, 1958.
Lakewood Country Club hosted the New Orleans Cup golf tournament
on December 9, 1925.
During World War I, the use of electicity in New
Orleans was limited. On December 9, 1919 Charles T. Bevan, Local Fuel Administrator and John S. Bleecker,
General manager of the New Orleans Railway and Light Company announced that federal restrcitions had been dropped and that
New Orleanians would once again recieve unlimited electrical energy. The electrical facility had just recently
been converted from a coal-burning to an oil-burning plant.
Willie Pastrano Passes Away
December 9, 1997
Born in New Orleans on November 27, 1935, boxer Wilfred "Willie" Raleigh Pastrano was the light-heavyweight
boxing champion of the world from 1963 until 1965.
A close friend
of boxer Ralph Dupas, as kids they trained under Coach Ernest "Whitey" Esneault at St. Mary's Italian gym on Chartres
Street in the French Quarter. The first mention of Pastrano in the Times-Picayune reported his upcoming bout for the
Southern AAU boxing charmpionship at Buras Auditorium on June 1, 1951, representing St. Mary's CYO. He weighed 135 pounds.
Several months later, he made his professional debut at age 16 on September 8, 1951 against Leo Bayard at Municipal Auditorium.
As a pro he was managed by Angelo Dundee and often sparred
with Dundee's greatest champ, Cassius Clay/Mohammad Ali. Pastrano won the light heavyweight championship on June 1, 1963 (exactly
12 years after his bout at Buras) against Harold Johnson in a 15 round decision at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
He held the title by defeating Argentine's Gregorio Peralta with a technical knockout in the fifth round at the Municipal
Auditorium on April 10, 1964, and again on November 30, 1964 at King's Hall in Manchester, England in an 11 round TKO.
Pastrano appeared on the cover of issue of Sports Illustrated with
the caption reading "Light Heavyweight Willie Pastrano Ready to Defend His Title" against Jose Torres at Madison
Square Garden. He lost that title on March 30, 1965 in a 9th round TKO, and never fought professionally again.
Willie Pastrano died n New Orleans on December 9, 1997 at the age of 62.