A Native Responds

Six more years.  Back in 2006, when the brick-and-mortar Philosopher’s Stone was still a reality, it occurred to me that 2018 would be here sooner than anyone expected. I believed that the bookstore should begin building its antiquarian New Orleans and Louisiana collection in anticipation of that great occasion. Economics and Recession put an end to that plan. By 2010, finding myself “having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on the shores {of the Gulf Coast}, I thought I would . . .” invest my time, my academic skills, and my techie background in a new media production of materials cogent to 2018. The materials would take the form of a study of the 1718 Gulf Coast colony of Louisiana.

http://1718neworleans.com is now a reality in progress. Work continues and will continue for the foreseeable future. In the next few months, however, work will be distracted by Lawrence Powell’s “The Accidental City”. I have not read it yet, but that will soon be remedied. It’s previews and reviews show great promise. The fly in the ointment, though, is that it covers the exact same material that http://1718neworleans.com does. This blog is being posted on Monday, April 16, 2012, and I want it to stand as copyrighted proof that Prof. Powell’s and my work are contemporaneous with each other.

Contemporaneous, but with significant differences. “The Accidental City”, to which I anticipate with high expectations, is predicted to be the standard academic history of New Orleans’ first century. As such, it will only complement my website/pop history/cookbook of New Orleans’ first century. I do, however, make one claim that differentiates the good professor’s work from my efforts. While he went to Yale, I went to UNO and Loyola. While he researched the southern US and taught upper adolescents, I researched and lived Louisiana History, Louisiana/New Orleans culture, Louisiana/New Orleans cooking in my mama’s New Orleans’ kitchens (one at home and one in our family restaurant),my family history (native to Louisiana since 1758), and and taught younger adolescents, as a native Creole/Cajun historian, teacher, and scholar.

So, kudos to Prof. Powell, and I look forward to my new bibliographic entry. To the Professor and my followers, keep up with http://1718neworleans.com, and keep me posted and do not hesitate to contribute, criticize, condone, condemn, and complement it at will. There is no such thing as bad publicity.

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  1. I have some material for your New Orleans project. In the 1980s, I wrote the history and legends sections of The Insiders’ Guide to New Orleans. There was original research done, especially on the legends section that may be useful to you. There were tens of thousands of copies printed, so hopefully you can find one. During that same period, I researched and wrote an epic novel that projected New Orleans into the future, circa 2032. And although the country is reorganized and fragmented, New Orleans as an Open City survives with all its colorful traditions of cuisine, music, and gambling. You will recognize the locations from the refurbished Super Dome to the poker rooms in the Fairmont Hotel. The novel is titled GRID and it is available as a kindle book on Amazon. I wrote the book for and about New Orleanians. When Pat and I left the city, the City Council made us Honorary Citizens. Pat is a native, and we still have relative there. Good luck on your project.

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About Jerry Laiche

Jon (Jerry) Laiche, B.A., M.A. is a  working historian, writer, and co-author of “1718: The Petticoat Rebellion Cookbook.”  He is a twenty-year veteran teacher and scholar, having taught courses in Louisiana, American, and World History, and is a member of the Historic New Orleans Collection. In addition to his background as an historian, he has taught Religion in the High Schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and was adjunct professor of Computer Ethics and Internet Technology at Tulane University.  In addition to his academic duties, Jerry has served his schools as a technology coordinator, network administrator, librarian, and Internet guru.  During his teaching tenure, Jerry also was the recipient of two grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.  The grants enabled his school to establish the first High School Women’s Studies program in New Orleans.  He was the founding Director of the Archdiocesan Teacher Learning Center (Computers in the Classroom).  For three years, he owned and operated “The Philosopher’s Stone” a bookstore on the Northshore specializing in rare and antiquarian volumes.  With his smart and beautiful wife, Beth, he currently coordinates the “1718 Project” to commemorate the 2018 New Orleans Tri-Centennial.  He and his life partner currently live at Beltane Grove, one acre and a cottage, 30 miles north of New Orleans’ Lake Pontchartrain. (Rev. Samhain: Oct. 31, 2018) jlaiche@earthlink.net http://1718neworleans.com https://1718neworleans2018.wordpress.com/ Home Office: (985) 795-2372 Primum est Edare, diendi Philosophari