Letters

RED ALLEN AND DICK CHENEY
Re: “Red Allen: Music for hard times,” by Jason Berry. Music column. January 2009 issue.
I always look forward to receiving the New Orleans Magazine. I am disappointed in an article written by Jason Berry titled “Red Allen.” Not the article so much but his ridiculous comment about [former] Vice President Dick Cheney and his trashing of the Constitution.
I am certain Mr. Berry is a die-hard liberal, frankly I don’t care. But just like all die-hard liberals, he makes a statement that isn’t true and lumps it in with a decent article. There was no relationship to the article and trashing the Constitution.
In case Mr. Berry didn’t notice, what a difference a Republican governor makes in a time of tragedy or impending tragedy. History will treat Mr. Cheney well.
George Dudenhefer
New Orleans

TWO SUGGESTIONS
I was born and raised in N.O. and, although, I now live in Magnolia, Miss., I still regard myself as a native.
I love your magazine, however, there are two things I would like you to institute: Every three months run a survey asking your readers to vote on which restaurants have the cleanest restrooms. Perhaps it should be who has the worst, however, I doubt your advertisers would appreciate such a report.
Also, who has the most reasonable prices on “bar drinks?” By “bar” I mean hi-balls, martinis, etc., not fancy cocktails; by reasonable I mean no more than three or four times the host’s cost.
This might seem like an unusual suggestion but having been an avid follower of the great food this city has to offer, I sometimes wonder why some of the best have the worst restrooms and the most outrageous prices on drinks.
After a memorable meal, there is nothing that can diminish the experience more than having to deal with a less than acceptable restroom.
Pat Sullivan
Magnolia, MS

Reply: Thank you for your suggestions Pat. We will keep that in mind when we plan our Readers’ Choice feature later this year. Meanwhile we invite readers to offer their choices by sending us letters.

Re: Julia column. January 2009 issue.
I knew Elmwood Plantation. Before the fire in 1939 or ’40, it was a typical plantation house. The house sat on columns and the base of the house was as large as the columns, with the traditional front porch. Durel Black lived there with his family. After the fire, only a few columns were left standing and none of the house. Black had an architect (I think Riccouti) design a much smaller place on the ground level inside the columns.
The land was owned by a railroad, probably Southern Pacific. Black moved out in 1950 and Clay Shaw rented it and lived there for three or four years.
Robert K. Morrill
Baton Rouge

A MUSE  BY ANY NAME
Re: “Fleur De Lists” feature. February 2009 issue.
I was reading the latest issue of New Orleans Magazine today and I found an error in your “Fleur De Lists” article. It’s nothing big, but something of which you should be made aware. In the list you number the nine muses from ancient Greek mythology: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania.
You continued in the article to say that there are 8 streets in New Orleans named after the muses and that Polyhymnia was the only muse “out of luck.” I would like to point out that there is actually a street in the Lower Garden District, in line with the other “muse streets” named Polymnia. Polymnia Street is in between Euterpe and Felicity Streets. It also borders 1750 St. Charles Avenue, is home to the United Taxi Cab Company and happens to be where my mother and two brothers used to live.
I realize that the street is spelled slightly different from the original name of the muse, but it is an acceptable spelling. Again, this is not a major error but it is something that bothered me as a native of New Orleans and as someone who has had family live on that street.
Thank you for your kind attention. I look forward to reading the next issue.
Andrea R. Kutcher
Jackson, MS

Reply:  Thank you for you letter. You are absolutely correct. Early New Orleans street planners apparently used a shortened version of the Muses name. We apologize to the Muse by either spelling, Polyhymnia or Polymnia. but assure her that she should find solace in knowing that the street in her honor houses United Taxi Co.

Menagerie of Memories
Re: Julia Street column.

Indeed I enjoy your column and comments in the wonderful and informative New Orleans Magazine. As a native from some immediate neighborhood of Audubon Park for 65 years, bygone evolutionary days continue to pop up with memories.
Someone in one of your previous issues inquired about the origination of “Monkey Hill” in the rear of the park. I remember its construction well by the WPA in 1934 or so and the small lake or lagoon nearby that “supplied” the mud or earth (a stolen car was found submerged in the lake about a year after its completion). We, on our bicycles, watched retrieval of the car but were disappointed that nobody was in it
The grass and dust bowl mini airport at the present site of the zoo was a large attraction on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Acrobats and aerobatics entailing World War I “Jenny” biplanes were the order of the day, even offering HOPS for adventurous souls.
The “double” huge swimming pool replaced the airfield following the closing down of the public swimming area in front of the bandstand. The area was roped off for swimmers and sported a raft moored midstream plus a so called manmade, brown-stained artificial beach. Ugh! (I saw the pool’s duplicate in Germany during World War II.) The zoo was strung out along Exposition Boulevard from Magazine Street to Coliseum Street, and lions on a clear night roared audibly enough to be heard as far away as State and Garfield streets.
Of course the Magazine streetcar line bisected the area. The “flying horses” carousel was nearby. Thank you for your interest.
Stirling Parkerson
Madison, MS

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