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Blanche Thomas would’ve turned 98 years old today but she left this earth at the tender age of 54. She was a bombastic performer who first took to the stage as a 14 year old girl who was itching to make her mark on the New Orleans music scene.
My social circle includes a group of elderly men who were born and raised in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans 6th Ward. They always get excited when talk to turns towards Ms Thomas, and her wild youth spent commanding the stages of our city’s nightclubs.
Six years goes by fast. Dublin Dr Pepper, formerly one of our favorite beverages on this earth, fell out of production at Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company on this day in 2012.
The hubris and greed of Snapple Corporation led to the downfall of the beloved family soda pop bottler.
And Dr Pepper has not crossed our lips since.
Here is the obituary we penned on this day January 11th 2012.
Walking east along Rakoczi Utca away from Urania Train Station it takes a few minutes but you finally reach a small stretch of Budapest that’s still a mite rough and tumble. more
On this day in 2009 we visited the famed pickle queen of Budapest Hungary.
I wrote this obituary when we lost Hubig’s to fire.
“I wish they’d kill them all”
Marie Parque makes a dramatic gesture slashing her thumb across her throat.
I’m at The Pearl, the ancient restaurant on St. Charles Avenue; it’s the final day of service for the old concern that Parque has run since 1982.
Sound Cafe was one of our favorite coffee shops in New Orleans. Inside, you could buy a Cometbus’zine, and hang out for hours drinking coffee and chatting with the baristas while listening to Sonic Youth or Lee Dorsey.
Rest in peace Sound Cafe.