History

Impossible n'est pas français

For today’s Bon Vivant, I originally planned to write about local cookbooks. As a dedicated home cook, the owner of more than 25 cookbooks, the editor of “The Essential Louisiana Cookbook,” by Stanley Dry (published by Renaissance Publishing) and a…

Cajun Corridor

A photographic journey along Highway 14                 TOP: Richard's Meat Market (117 Park Ave., Abbeville), serves boudin balls (right) along with fresh cuts of beef and pork, specialty items, a variety of fresh…

Cajun Corridor

A photographic journey along Highway 14                 TOP: Richard's Meat Market (117 Park Ave., Abbeville), serves boudin balls (right) along with fresh cuts of beef and pork, specialty items, a variety of fresh…

Memories of Betsy

The carpet was rough against my skin. I slept on the floor because most of my family, half of my neighborhood in Golden Meadow, was crammed into one hotel room in New Orleans. I woke up in the middle of…

Vive le Québec! Vive le Québec libre!

The influences that formed Acadiana are multiple. The arrival and establishment of the French, Creoles, Acadians and non-French speaking people, such Africans, Germans, Italians, Irish, Anglo-Americans, and many Native American tribes already there, are often mentioned. A Quebec friend recently…

Nouvelles De Villes

Better Cajun Blues For Your Ears The much anticipated new album by slide-guitarist Sonny Landreth, Bound by the Blues, debuts June 9 and features a radical departure from his prior two albums, 2012’s classical jazz fusion Elemental Journey and 2008’s…

Sights & Sites

Exploring Civil War history will bring you to forts, exhibits and landmarks all over Louisiana.

Houma - City of the Year

Strengthened by a robust local economy, high quality of living and blossoming downtown, Acadiana’s eastern jewel exemplifies the best of the true Cajun lifestyle

Houma - City of the Year

Strengthened by a robust local economy, high quality of living and blossoming downtown, Acadiana’s eastern jewel exemplifies the best of the true Cajun lifestyle

The Germans, Those Forgotten Creoles

Experts agree on a definition of Creole that recognizes, among other things, European origins. As the Acadiana flag shows, it focuses on only two countries: France and Spain. Our status as a former colony of these former empires, along with…

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…

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.…

The Story Behind Cajun Mardi Gras Masks

Wherever Mardi Gras is celebrated, the mask is key. Behind the best masks, they can’t tell whether you are laughing or crying. They can’t tell how absolutely drunk you are. The mask helps erase consequence. “Riders want folks to say,…

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.…

A League of Their Own

The 24-year run of the Evangeline League was marred by scandal, but the colorful group was also a huge source of Acadiana pride.