Tops of the Town
Our readers’ picks of the area’s best
(page 8 of 11)
New Orleanian of the Year:
Jim Letten. Jim Letten wins this category so often there should be an investigation — just kidding. The popular crime busting U.S. Attorney edges out defense-busting Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
2) Drew Brees
3) Arnold Fielkow
New Orleanian I admire most:
Jim Letten. Folks like football victories, but they apparently like putting crooks in jail even more; another win for Letten with Brees finishing second.
2) Drew Brees
Most attractive New Orleanian (male): Sidney Torres IV. The SDT Waste and Debris Service boss talks a lot of trash, but when it comes to looks, readers put him at the top of the heap. That’s high praise, especially with movie heartthrob Brad Pitt finishing second.
2) Brad Pitt
Most attractive New Orleanian (female): Lucy Bustamante. This WWL-TV Eyewitness Newsanchor has that twinkle in her news-witnessing eye, edging out Angelina Jolie who, unlike Bustamante, has never co-hosted alongside Regis.
2) Angelina Jolie
Best politician: Arnie Fielkow. They once ran against each other for a council-at-large position and now, among readers, finish in the same order.
2) Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson
Best New Orleans musician (living in New Orleans): Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint (tie) One sings New Orleans classics; the other writes them. They deserve to be tied.
Best New Orleans musician (living outside New Orleans):
Harry Connick Jr. He can act too.
Best New Orleans actor/actress: Becky Allen.
2) Ricky Graham
Stars of local music and comedy, they will be remembered as two of the city’s all-time greats.
Best Saints player: Drew Brees.
Saints quarterback dominated this category as he did with Patriots’ defense.
Best Hornets player: Chris Paul.
Plus, he’s a classy guy.
Best local TV news anchor:
2) Lee Zurik
3) Lucy Bustamante
WWL’s Angela Hill is immovable among local favorites; Zurik has moved to a new stage; Bustamante glows from her high-profile 10 p.m. gig.
Best local TV sports anchor:
Jim Henderson. One of the most gifted writers among sportscasters; he’s also the radio voice of the Saints.
Best local TV meteorologist:
Bob Breck. A good thing about local TV meteorologists is that we didn’t need them as much this past year thanks to an anemic hurricane season. May they not be needed so much next year either.
2) Margaret Orr
3) Laura Buchtel
4) Carl Arredondo
Best local radio personality:
2) John “Spud” McConnell
Robinette reigns from atop his think tank; “Spud” ain’t doing bad for a guy who doubles as Ignatius Riley.
Best local writer: Chris Rose. He became “everyman’s” voice of the recovery.