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What's in a Name?: Start

Lost Louisiana



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Start, Richland Parish, Louisiana, 32.4865489, -91.8680493

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-12-07

Duration: 00:07:16

Subjects: History | FIRE DEPARTMENTS | McGraw, Tim | Country music


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Hogan, Charles Interviewee
  • Letlow, Johnny Interviewee
  • McGraw, Tim Speaker
  • Adams, Arlon Interviewee
  • Davis, Jim Interviewee
  • Robertson, Aline Interviewee
  • Robertson, Fred Interviewee


This segment from the “What’s in a Name, Part 3” episode of the series “Lost Louisiana” from December 7, 2006, features Charlie Whinham’s visit to Start in Richland Parish, the hometown of country music singer Tim McGraw. Whinham talks to Johnny Letlow, the Chief of the Start Fire Department, about the irony of the department’s name, the work of the volunteer fire department, and the origin of the town’s name. He also speaks to former Start High School principal Arlon Adams, resident Charles Hogan, and Start Mart owner Jim Davis about Tim McGraw’s early years in Start and the tourists who come to visit the house where he grew up. Lastly, Whinham talks to Fred Robertson and Aline Robertson about the start of their 59-year marriage in Start and the 100th anniversary of the Start Baptist Church.