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Louisiana Characters (1981)

Louisiana Alive!



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-01-01

Duration: 00:27:04

Subjects: Toole, Thelma | Toole, John Kennedy, 1937-1969 | Chase, John Churchill | Editorial cartoonists | Guine, Ben | Storytellers | OLIVIER, JIM | Zumo, Helen | Haunted houses | GHOSTS | Weill, Gus | Authors | Quiltmakers | Allen, Rosie | Madden, Opal | Weldon, Mittie Pirkle | Allen, David | Wood-carvers | Folk Art


  • Luke, Marti Host
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Stephens, Catherine Photographer
  • Womack, Ellison Photographer
  • Womack, Ellison Director
  • Wolf, Thom Producer
  • Toole, Thelma Interviewee
  • Chase, John Interviewee
  • Guine, Ben Interviewee
  • Olivier, Jim Interviewee
  • Zumo, Helen Interviewee
  • Weill, Gus Interviewee
  • Allen, Rosie Interviewee
  • Madden, Opal Interviewee
  • Weldon, Mittie Pirkle Interviewee
  • Allen, David Interviewee


In this episode of the series “Louisiana Alive!” from January 1, 1981, host Marti Luke looks back at her favorite Louisiana characters from 1980. This episode features highlights of interviews with the following: Thelma Toole, the mother of author John Kennedy Toole; political cartoonist John Chase; Creole storyteller Ben Guine; Lafayette television personality Jim Olivier; Helen Zumo, a woman who lives with a ghost named George; Baton Rouge author Gus Weill; North Louisiana quilters Rosie Allen, Mittie Pirkle Weldon, and Opal Madden; and African cane carver David Allen. Host: Marti Luke