Cajuns and Other Characters: True Stories from South Louisiana

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And that's for true! With wit and charm, one of Louisiana's preeminent columnists delivers bite-sized stories from the heart of Cajun Country. Whether they're about characters from the page or players on the political stage, paupers or authors, musicians or physicians, teachers or preachers, these spirited vignettes celebrate the quirky history and rich culture of Acadiana. Famous names like Huey P. Long and Evangeline rub shoulders with lesser-known personalities, such as the "First and Only Eternal King Crawfish" and Father Forge's pet monkeys. This collection of essays, from the wildly popular newspaper column C'est Vrai, celebrates the politics, sports, music, and, most of all, people of the Pelican State.
ISBN: 9781455621972
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Images: 26
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 5.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
When he was just a ten-year-old boy fascinated by Acadiana history, Jim Bradshaw created a neighborhood newspaper so that he could explore his heritage. This small but ambitious endeavor eventually led to a journalism career spanning more than forty years. He got his first job, as police reporter at the Lafayette Advertiser, in 1967, became assistant city editor in 1970, and city editor in 1971. In 1976, Bradshaw was appointed managing editor of the Morning Star, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, and remained there for a few years before returning to the Advertiser in the 1980s. During his tenure as a journalist, Bradshaw also authored four books, each delving into different aspects of Southern Louisiana history. Even in retirement, he continues to marry his twin loves of history and culture with his popular column C’est Vrai and regular contributions to America’s Civil War magazine. Bradshaw studied English, journalism, and history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was also editor of The Vermilion, the campus newspaper. He was recognized by Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society for "conspicuous attainment and scholarship in the field of history" and has also been named as one of South Louisiana’s "Living Legends" by the Acadian Museum. Bradshaw lives in the historic town of Washington in St. Landry Parish, where he is president of the Steamboat City Association, serves as a volunteer administrator of the Historic Washington Cultural District, and publishes a monthly newsletter called In and Out About Washington.