New Orleans City Government
Twenty Years Ago

July 1979

NORD dance instructor Melna Martin of Guste Summer Camp, one of many NORD employees who devoted their summers to keeping school age children creatively occupied. The July 1979 issue included photographs of NORD instructors.

Once again we present below a sample of other City Government happenings that were reported in Hall Talk twenty years ago.

In the Memo: From the Mayor Mayor Dutch Morial announced the annual "Saints Contest." The person who came closest to guessing the final record of the Saints received a $50 gift certificate from D.H. Holmes. The Mayor, although he was ineligible for the contest, picked the Saints to finish with a 10-6 record and have their first winning season ever. He was a little off; the Saints finished 8-8 that year, not quite the coveted winning season, which finally came in 1987.

The Hall Talks Asks question for the month was "What's your favorite New Orleans bar?" Several people chose Flamingos on St. Charles Ave. and several chose The Bull, just off Elysian Fields, both of which have since closed. Joe Peyton, Clerk of Family Court, said, "I go to the ice cream parlor, now. I've reformed."

The Out to Lunch column featured The Dividend, a deli/sandwich shop at 740 Gravier--"a little of New York in old New Orleans." Not a seafood po-boy in sight!

In 1979, the city conducted "the most extensive review of its disaster and emergency procedures ever undertaken," and on July 3 staged a mock disaster (a hurricane with a spin-off tornado that created a hazardous gas leak) to practice the city's response to emergency situations.

The July issue saluted Claude J. Bean, a Municipal Development Specialist in the Office of Manpower, for his efforts in getting the St. Peters African Methodist episcopal Church (at the corner of Cadiz and Coliseum) added to the National Register of Historic Places. Bean was a member of the congregation and also submitted the application which resulted in the building's historic designation.

The Mayor also honored four city employees during Vietnam Week: Joseph Givens, NORD and Ron Gardner, Mayor's Office (who received Presidential awards for outstanding community achievement by Vietnam-era veterans); and Oliver Walker, Human Services, and Cecil McFarland, Sanitation (who received Hubert H. Humphrey awards for service).

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The Louisiana Division of the Library has a complete set
of Hall Talk in its City Documents Collection.
Come by and read about the past some time!

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