With the advent of smartphone, it’s so easy to take the immediacy of amateur photography and homemade videos for granted. Grab your cell from your front pocket, slide the home screen up with your thumb and start shooting. But, if you grew up in the 1930’s, like 82-year-old Roy Hotard, Jr. of Port Allen, photographs from your youth are most likely precious and few and homemade “moving pictures” from this era are almost certainly nonexistent.
Erwinville native Kenny Neal has resettled in Baton Rouge, is recording his newest album in Lafayette and is bringing his annual family-based Blues festival back to Port Allen for a third consecutive year.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their father becoming sheriff, Iberville Parish President Mitch Ourso and his sister, Jessica Ourso, spoke candidly to the Riverside Reader about what their lives were like growing up with a father who was both larger than life and seldom at home.