Cast of Characters

3by George Gurtner

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Colorful true stories of life in and around the Big Easy. Selected from the column of the same name written for 35 years by George Gurtner in New Orleans Magazine, this collection of unusual people — from creative loners to lovable freaks and many gradations between — is testimony to why New Orleans continues to be the most interesting city in the country.Foreword by Erroll Laborde, photos accompanying most characters by Frank Methe. Gurtner writes lovingly and empathetically about each person, taking us into their weird, outrageous, inspirational and always very human lives. Inventors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and just plain oddballs, the cast includes several nuns, a sprinkling of severely disabled,and even a wonder horse. These are folks you will not likely ever forget, and though some are no longer with us, their lives are timeless, their memories quintessentially New Orleans! This is an easy to read and re-read book,with something for everyone.


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About the Author

George Gurtner has been writing the Cast of Characters (formerly Local Color) column for New Orleans Magazine for 35 years. Locals always ask, “Where does he FIND those people?! The author of Historic Churches of Old New Orleans (1997), he has won more than 50 awards for writing from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, Press Club of New Orleans, Catholic Press Association, National Society of Technical Communicators, Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press and the Louisiana Press Association. His work has appeared in publications and other media around the world. He has four adult children and lives in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans.

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5 star….don’t be misled by the cover. If you are a fan of the column, you will love the book. I also recommend his prior

By Jed on June 28, 2014

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book written before Katrina, many of those churches are now gone. I am lucky enough to have an autographed copy


If you want a wonderful ride on the New Orleans Personalty Express

By Who Dat Nation on June 1, 2015

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If you wnnt a wonderful ride on the New Orleans Personalty Express, don’t miss collection of articles by George Gurtner. Highly Recommended!

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