Legendary Locals of Metairie

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Metairie is often considered the dull stepchild of New Orleans—a concrete "Anywhere, USA" lined with shopping malls frequented by fast-food eating, drive-up-daiquiri–drinking, cultureless suburbanites. Despite stereotypical misconceptions, sons and daughters of New Orleans who call Metairie home are every bit as colorful, talented, devious, and gracious as their relatives in the city. Johnny Wiggs kept New Orleans jazz alive. Verne Tripp invented "perma-press" and pioneered use of the electron microscope. On Atherton Drive, David Ferrie plotted a Cuban coup. Peter Gennaro left his father's bar to become a Broadway star. Shirley Ann Grau raised her children here while writing novels. Al Scramuzza built a crawfish empire and coached Metairie children. Ellen Degeneres found national fame, while Becky Allen won our hearts at home. Those who may not be widely known but have impacted lives in the community and afar are also included in this book, which is a tribute to the people of Metairie.
ISBN: 9781467100601
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Louisiana
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 171
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Catherine Campanella is the author of New Orleans City Park, Metairie, and Lake Pontchartrain—all published in Arcadia's Images of America series. Here, she includes images from historical archives, family collections, and her own photographs.
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