Author: Trent Angers

The Missing Missionary

The disappearance of a Jesuit missionary, a South Louisiana native, remains a mystery today, nearly 25 years after he seems to have vanished from the face of the earth. Fr. Eugene John Hebert, S.J., was born in Jennings on Oct.…

A Nearly Forgotten Pearl of Wisdom

I got wind of the inspirational writing called Desiderata while I was in college in the late 1960s. I found its wise-counsel encouraging and uplifting, its truth irrefutable and universal. So, sometime in the early 1970s, I acquired a poster…

Hugh Thompson’s Broad Shoulders

One of the high points of my career in journalism has been the privilege of writing the life story of Vietnam War hero Hugh Thompson of Broussard. He was the United States Army helicopter pilot credited with stopping the My…

Graced by the handprint of George Rodrigue

Acadiana Profile lost a longtime friend with the passing of Cajun artist George Rodrigue, on Dec. 14, 2013. Born in New Iberia in 1944, George lived and painted at various times in Lafayette, New Orleans and Carmel, Calif. He died…

Free-lancing

General Honore and the GreenARMY Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (U.S. Army, Retired) is a leader of armies. Having served in the military for 37 years, he was a commander of missions on five continents, including being one of the commanding…

Top 20 Stories in Acadiana Profile (1975-2010)

In my last column, I presented 10 of what I felt were the Top 20 articles that appeared in Acadiana Profile during my 35-year tenure as editor of the magazine, 1975-2010. Those stories were penned by writers other than me.…

Top 20 Stories in Acadiana Profile (1975-2010)

What a flood of memories! In preparing to write this column as my fifth installment in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Acadiana Profile, I began going through past issues of the magazine. My goal was to survey the issues…

The Allure of Acadiana Profile

Moving back to Lafayette after finishing college was the last thing on my mind.      In 1969, the same year the first edition of Acadiana Profile rolled off the press, I was living in Baton Rouge and attending LSU.…

The Mother of Acadiana Profile

    Although starting a magazine for South Louisiana was the brainchild of my dad, Bob Angers Jr., my mom, Geraldine Beaullieu Angers, was right there working with him in the tough, formative years beginning in 1968. And she worked with…

Free-Lancing: Leadership in the 21st Century

    Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (U.S. Army, retired) has a new book out that is sure to raise some eyebrows as it addresses ways to make this world a better place in which to live – at home and abroad.…

The Hallmark of Authentic Cajun Cooking

    In 1976, when I went out into the field to begin gathering recipes for the first cookbook Acadiana Profile would ever publish, I was on a well-focused mission to track down nothing but authentic Cajun recipes.     But the…

Free-lancing: Angels in Disguise

I have long been intrigued by dogs and their amazing ability to alter our perspectives on life. Some years ago I came to the conclusion that dogs might be angels in disguise, sent down from heaven to build our self-esteem,…

The Writer’s Assistant

For 20 or 25 years now, I’ve been writing and editing with the assistance of my dogs – miniature schnauzers. First, there was Pepper; now there’s Campbell. Their mere presence, curled up in their daybed a few feet from my…

Catholics, Muslims and Prayer Beads

When I was a boy growing up in Franklin, La., in the 1950s, my mom would round up five or six of us kids to go and visit our grandma and great-grandma in nearby Jeanerette. After we kissed and hugged…

Free-Lancing: I Love a Good Success Story

I recently finished editing coach Dale Brown’s new book, which is coming out this fall. It’s called Getting Over The 4 Hurdles of Life (Acadian House, $16.95). It’s a motivational book by one of the top motivational speakers in the…

The Funniest Guys in South Louisiana (Part II)

Picking up where I left off in the past issue of Acadiana Profile, I’d like to introduce two more of the funniest guys who ever cracked a joke in South Louisiana.Dave Petitjean of Crowley is the epitome of the Cajun…

The True Characteristics of the Cajun People

About 20 years ago, on the day I turned 40, I was musing over the idea of writing my first book.Having been the editor of Acadiana Profile, the magazine of the Cajun Country, for quite a number of years, I…