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Apr 28, 201410:49 AM
The Editor's Room

Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

'Advocate' Versus 'The T-P': Life Above the Fold

An out-of-the-box wake ends up on the front page.

When you live in a town with 1 and 3/7s home delivered newspapers I guess you can expect the competition to get a little edgy. A case in point was last Wednesday when the front page of The New Orleans Advocate featured an above-the-fold picture of activist Mickey Easterling who was all dressed up and looked like she might have been sleeping while propped up in her chair for a party given in her honor. The only peculiarity is that she was actually — how should I say this? — not among the living at the event. The Advocate’s headline, which should win an award, summarized the situation: 

Socialite Throws One Last Party—For Her Own Memorial

Easterling’s farewell was also covered by Nola.com/The Times-Picayune though more so by the former than the latter. This was one of the days when the T-P had a home delivery, but that picture did not make the front page.

There is precedent for this type of departure, most recently that of drummer/jazz dancer Uncle Lionel Batiste who was viewed propped up against a lamp post when he made his last march in 2002, but one expects the unusual from musicians, including the late Ernie K-Doe, who had a similar departure. They live to be on stage. In Easterling’s case, the term “socialite” suggests something more reserved although her life was flamboyant. The party at the Saneger certainly underscored that.

Was The Advocate acting tastefully by placing this picture at the top of the front page? I don’t know. I do think, however, that had Easterling been able to, she would have had The Advocate cover framed.

We can only speculate that this sort of picture placement would not have occurred in a mere one-newspaper town.

For wherever the philosophical wrangling might take us, Mickey Easterling went out featured on the front page of our town’s daily newspaper. And that is where she always wanted to be.


BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Errol’s Laborde’s new book, Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival (Pelican Publishing Company, 2013), has been released. It is now available at local bookstores and online.



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The Editor's Room

Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde


Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.




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