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November 7

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 Happy Birthday Hap Glaudi

November 7, 1912

WWL-TV Photo from New Orleans Television by Dominic Massa

Born in New Orleans on November 7, 1912 and a lifelong resident, Lloyd Alfred "Hap" Glaudi attended Jesuit where he first picked up the nickname "Hap" because of his jovial demeanor. Local broadcaster Ron Brocato reported that Glaudi financed his high school education through winnings at the Fair Grounds -- long-shot bets suggested to him by a bookie.

A graudate of  Loyola, Glaudi's first professional job was for the New Orleans Item newspaper. During his 25 years with the Item, he became feature sportswriter for high school sports.

Beginning in 1964, he was lead sportscaster for WWL-TV (competing against Wayne Mack at WDSU-TV, and Buddy Diliberto at WVUE-TV) featuring horse racing and prep sports. He was succeeded by Jim Henderson in 1978. Hap was also the Saints post-game analyst on WWL (AM) radio, with his call-in shows "Hap's Fifth Quarter" and "Hap's Point After".

He publicly prodded predominately white Jesuit High School and then predominately African-American St. Augustine High School to play each other in high school basketball in 1965, which is credited by some to have ended the local racial divide in high school sports. A Hap Glaudi Scholarship is now offered by his alma mater.

Hap and his wife Millie had three daughters.  He passed away on December 29, 1989 at the age of 77.  (Wiki)

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The 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 7, 2011 with the (2K Sports Classic) and ended with the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 2, 2012 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The tournament began with four first-round games on March 13–14, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio, US, followed by second and third rounds on Thursday through Sunday, March 15–18, 2012. Regionals games were played on Thursday through Sunday, March 22–25, 2012, with the Final Four played on Saturday and Monday, March 31 and April 2, 2012.  Kentucky claimed its eighth NCAA title, defeating Kansas 67–59 in the final. Consensus national player of the year Anthony Davis of Kentucky was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

Walter Cook Keenan, an architect and civic leader, was born in New Orleans on November 2, 1881. He was educated at Tulane University and practiced as an architect for more than 55 years. He also served for many years as a member of the Audubon Park Commission and, from 1937 until 1952 as a member of the Vieux Carre Commssion. In 1943, he was named the "Architect of the Commission," a position that approximated that held today by the Director of the Vieux Carre Commission. Keenan died in New Orleans on November 7, 1970. (From the New Orleans Public Library)

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.


All along the lakeshore between West End and the Lakefront Airport, land reclamation project was also taking place. This caption reads "ZONE 1. 25 feet east of the West End light house shell road and 200 feet south of the seawall. Picture taken Nov. 27, 1931. Dredge "Houston" stopped pumping in this zone on November 7, 1931. Arrow [barely visible] points to Arthur Barry standing in fill 2.4 ft.” (Courtesy New Orleans Public Library.)  See November 27.  #128l

Mayor Martin Behrman was elected for his fourth time without opposition on November 7, 1916, and remained in office until December 6, 1920 when Andrew J. McShane became Mayor of the city. 

CHRISTY, William H., soldier, politician. Born, Georgetown, Ky., December 6, 1791; son of George and Mary (Cave) Christy. Orphaned at age fourteen. Served in the Creek campaign and under Gen. William H. Harrison in the War of 1812, and became the "Hero of Fort Meigs" when he saved a group of men from certain death at the hands of Tecumseh. Later fought in the Florida War and rose to the rank of colonel. Removed to New Orleans in the winter of 1815 as an army paymaster, became a tobacco merchant in 1816 and lost his fortune in 1818. Was admitted to the bar, 1821, served as city councilman, 1823-1825, 1833, 1844, and notary public, 1827-1857, and published a Digest of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana (1825). In 1835 helped found the Native American movement, ran unsuccessfully for governor, and agitated for separate municipalities in New Orleans. In October 1835 became the leading supporter of the Texas Revolution in the city, outfitting the New Orleans Grays and recruiting men for the Tampico Expedition. In 1836 helped procure loans to the Texas government totalling $250,000. His friend Sam Houston stayed with him while recuperating from a wound received at the Battle of San Jacinto and later that year honored Christy at his inauguration as president of the Republic of Texas. In 1839 as president of the Native American Party of Louisiana, Christy incited riots at Galveston and Cincinnati by his anti-foreign speeches and attacked a foreign newspaper establishment in New Orleans. In 1840 he campaigned actively for Harrison in the presidential election. In the 1850s he was surveyor of customs at New Orleans (1850-1854), again sought the gubernatorial nomination, 1855, and developed Abita Springs in St. Tammany Parish into a health resort. He actively supported the Confederacy, fighting at Chickamauga as a volunteer even though in his seventies. Married Catherine Pauline Baker Cenas (1783-1856), January 31, 1818, daughter of former Philadelphia mayor Hilary Baker and widow of Blaise Cenas (q.v.), former sheriff of New Orleans. Helped raise her three sons by her first marriage, and together they had two sons and a daughter. Died, New Orleans, November 7, 1865. Source:

Happy Birthday, Al Hirt


Born in New Orleans on November 7, 1922, Alois Maxwell Hirt, son of NOPD officer Alois Sr. and Linda Goupe, grew up at 1643 Mandeville Street. He began earning musical awards for his trumpeting acumen while a student at Jesuit and Fortier. He played in the Junior Police Band with the children of Alcide Nunez, and by the age of 16, was playing professionally, often with his friend Pete Fountain. During this time, he was hired to play at the Fair Grounds, beginning a six-decade connection to horse racing.

In 1940, he studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with Dr. Frank Simon (a former soloist with the John Philip Sousa Orchestra). Hirt is pictured on the right at age 18 in an advertisement for Werlein's on December 18, 1940.

After a stint as a bugler in the United States Army during World War II, Hirt performed with various Swing big bands, including those of Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Ina Ray Hutton. In 1950, he became first trumpet and soloist with Horace Heidt's Orchestra.

Upon his return to New Orleans, he worked with various Dixieland groups and lead his own bands including Al Hirt's Dixieland Band -- of which Pete Fountain was a member until taking a job in the late 1950s to be on the cast of the Lawrence Welk Show. During the early 50s, he was on staff as the orchestra leader for WWL. During the 50s and 60s he was a regular at Pier 600 on Bourbon at St. Louis Street. In 1962 Hirt opened his own club on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, which he ran until 1983.

His fame was growing and he was sometimes called "Gabriel of the South".  In 1958 he and Fountain appeared together on the Lawrence Welk show. On August 12, 1960, Al Hirt and his Swingin' Dixie's were featured at Jazz Fest. On February 26, 1961 he and his band played on the Dinah Shore Show.  He was now being called "King of Trumpets". 

Twenty two of his albums were on the Billboard charts in the 1950s and 1960s.  The albums Honey In The Horn and Cotton Candy were both in the Top 10 best sellers for 1964, the same year Hirt scored a hit single with his cover of Allen Toussaint's "Java" (Billboard No. 4), and later won a Grammy Award for the same recording. Both Honey in the Horn and "Java" sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs. He recorded the theme for the 1960s TV show "The Green Hornet", which re-gained public attention in 2003 when it was used in the film Kill Bill.

TodayInNewOrleansHistory/1967September12AlHirtAndGumbo.gif "Jumbo" and Gumbo

In 1967 Hirt became one of 18 minority owners (Hirt had 2.5%) of our brand new NFL expansion team, the New Orleans Saints. He is pictured (left) on September 12 1967 playing to Gumbo, the Saints' mascot, at a Jung Hotel luncheon for coaches and players before the kickoff of the first season.  Gumbo had been a gift to the team by the Louisiana Restaurant Association.  Hirt was the musical director for the Saints and played the National Anthem at the first season game, five days later on on September 17.  Hirt became a fixture at Saints games,playing his horn for fans as often as possible. Gumbo's descendant, Gumbo IV was fired in November 1985, now replaced by a human dressed in a St. Bernard costume.  The photograph is by J.W. Guillot/Times-Picayune archives.

On February 7, 1970, while riding in the Bacchus parade, he was struck by a hurled brick, rock, or cement chunk (sources vary) which left him bleeding profusely and the needing 12 (or 16, sources vary) stitches across the entire underside of his upper lip. He was taken from the float, rushed to Baptist Hospital, treated, and then attended the krewe's ball at the Rivergate the same evening.  He was forced to cancel two upcoming performing commitments and await the healing process to know if he would ever be able to play the trumpet again as he did in the past.  His career was seriously threatened and the public was outraged, calling for the end this sort of violence that had occured at many other parades during that Carnival season. The story made national news.  This incident was parodied in a Saturday Night Live skit from their second season Mardi Gras special, the "Let's Hit Al Hirt in the Mouth with a Brick Contest"

During the 70s, Ellis L. Marsalis played in Al Hirt's band.  Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Lois Prima, and many other luminaries played at his club at 501 Bourbon.  In 1987, Hirt played a solo rendition of "Ave Maria" for Pope John Paul II at the University of New Orleans. He had performed for six presidents and Princess Grace of Monaco, recorded 50 albums, had his own national television show, and had the honor of reigning over "Al Hirt Day" in his hometown before dying on April 27, 1999 at the age of 76 in New Orleans. Al Hirt was buried in Metairie Cemetery.  He was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in November 2009.

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