Peter Mayer emigrated with his family from Germany as World War Two approached. He was six years old at the time and spoke no English. He and his family settled in Uptown and he has remained in New Orleans to the present day. He's 80 years old now, and is being interviewed by his son, Josh, who's 49. This conversation was recorded March 21, 2010.
Peter recalls New Orleans during his early years, and is asked about the days after the war, the historic time when Israel became a state, his college days, military service and his return to New Orleans.
New Orleans, LA – This Week, federal authorities expanded the area off-limits to fishing to 11,000 square miles of coastline stretching from Louisiana to Florida. Oil has been spilling from the Deepwater Horizon well for close to 3 weeks, and attempts to stop the flow have so far failed. As the mass of oil nears the Louisiana marshes, residents respond to try and save the wetlands that protect cities from hurricanes and provide breeding grounds for fish and wildlife. Zoe Sullivan reports
New Orleans, La. – My friend Mike Kerrigan read my thoughts clearly during my first trip to Venice, La., last summer. We were on our way to an offshore fishing charter and he drove while I gazed through his truck's windshield at the stark, industrial picture Venice presents to visitors arriving by land.
New Orleans, La. – June first marks the first day of hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. So far, weather has mostly been calm, but stormy conditions have kept skimmers off choppy waters for days at a time since the drilling rig exploded three weeks ago. But Coast Guard Rear Mary Landry says coastal communities are well-trained in handling hurricane conditions.
New Orleans, La. – Crews are laying booms off wetlands and watching shoreline from Louisiana to Florida, but tracking the movement of four million gallons of oil swirling in a plume underwater is proving to be a tough assignment. BP executive Doug Suttles says crews remain on standby along hundreds of miles of the Gulf Coast.
New Orleans, La. – Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says the dome called a "top hat" could be placed over the leaking pipes and be hooked up to a surface ship. Or engineers could link the contraption to the pipe itself.
"One version is actually a collection devise, the other is a piece of pipe we intend to insert into the riser to try to collect the oil from inside the riser and bring it to the drill ship."
New Orleans, La. – Serpas took his oath of office from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who campaigned that stemming violent crime would be his top priority. He says he chose Serpas because of his achievements in that area as chief of police in Nashville, where he just left. And Serpas grew up in New Orleans and understands the culture. Serpas says his mission is clear.