E. J. Lattimer, Manager of the New Orleans Municipal Employees' Credit Union (NOME) reigned in 1979 as King of Thoth, and Hall Talk photographer Joe Davi captured the excitement of the Thoth Ball, which took place on February 13 at the Municipal Auditorium. The Krewe's theme that year was "Famous Explorers and their Discoveries" and Mr. Lattimer, who had been with the city government since 1966, ventured into this new territory with the gusto of Christopher Columbus.
Once again we present below a sample of other City Government Happenings that were reported in Hall Talk twenty years ago.
In the Memo: From the Mayor column, Mayor Dutch Morial apologized for inconveniences caused by added security at City Hall during the recently-ended police strike.
In the Out to Lunch column, Leonard Lassalle (Civil Service) reported on Chifici's Restaurant (404 Magazine St.) where the daily special (entree, salad, soup, and bread & butter) could be had for $3.45
When asked Would you like to see legalized gambling in New Orleans? NOPL librarian Erskine Barbarin responded, "At the moment, I'm against it. I think we should do further studies to see if the pluses would outweigh the minuses, as a means of generating revenues for the city. We should take a wait and see attitude as to how legalized gambling will do in Atlantic City, New Jersey."
NOPD Officer Nat Kruebbe was announced as first place winner in the annual Hall Talk Photo Contest. His photograph captured an "appealing moment" between his young son and the family dog.
The Louisiana Division of the Library has a complete set of Hall Talk in its City Documents Collection. Come by and read about the past some time!