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.

rl reeves jr on Blanche Thomas

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.

Hubig’s Pies In New Orleans

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I visited Hubig’s Pies in the Marigny. Just two short years later, in 2012, the old pie redoubt would burn to the ground and fade into New Orleans food lore.

Hubig’s Pies In New Orleans

I wrote this obituary when we lost Hubig’s to fire.