Archive for February, 2008

Mary Zatina – The Point Person

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Mary Zatina, 47, served as point-person in charge of the State of Michigan’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Governor Jennifer Granholm made clear that Michigan would do whatever it could ... Read more...

Candace Strahan – The Survivor

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Candace Strahan, 57, and her husband, Jim Strahan, 57, survived the storm in their Bay St. Louis, Mississippi home—a two-story house built 1500 feet from the beach. They remained on ... Read more...

Dr. Jay Segarra – The Rooftop Survivor

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Dr. Jay Segarra, 51, is the Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at the Keesler Air Force Base hospital in Biloxi, MS, as well as a private practitioner in Ocean Springs, MS. ... Read more...

Sandy Rosenthal – The Citizen Activist

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Sandy Rosenthal, 50, is the founder and director of Levees.Org, a grassroots organization who seeks to inform all that New Orleans was destroyed primarily by bad engineering and not bad ... Read more...

Asna Rooshi – The Homemaker

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Asna Rooshi, 30, was born in Hyderabad, India. Prior to Katrina, she and her husband lived in Chalmette, LA. I met and interviewed her on October 12, 2005, at the ... Read more...

Printiss Polk – The Roofer

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Printiss, 24, is a roofer, from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. This interview was conducted on September 5, 2005, in the park across the street from the George R. ... Read more...

James Nolan – The Holdout

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

James Nolan, 58, is a widely published poet, essayist, fiction writer, and translator. He is also a fifth-generation New Orleanian. While he spent much of his adult life traveling and ... Read more...

Erin Kidwell – The Volunteer

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Erin Kidwell, 27, is an actor and director from Friendswood, TX. She was interviewed December 28th, 2005, on a bench outside the Menil Collection in Houston, TX. When we met, ... Read more...

Dr. Ben deBoisblanc – The Physician

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | 3 Comments »

Dr. Ben deBoisblanc, 50, was the Director of Critical Care Services at Charity Hospital, in New Orleans. This interview was done in two sessions, both times at Ichiban Restaurant in ... Read more...

Jermaine Cooke – The Evacuee

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Jermaine, 30, is from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. This interview was conducted September 9, 2005, in the park across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center, ... Read more...

Rick Brennan – The Houstonian

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Rick Brennan, 31, is a middle-school teacher in Houston, Texas. He is also the former president of the Harris County Young Democrats. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Rick and ... Read more...

Lt. Col. Rick Noriega – The Shelter Manager

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

Lt. Col. Rick Noriega, 49, served as Site Manager for one of Houston’s mega-shelters, the George R. Brown Convention Center. He recently served a year in Afghanistan. He ... Read more...

John Boutte – The Musician

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 Posted in Sample Oral Histories | Comments Off

John Boutte, 48, is a critically acclaimed jazz vocalist and songwriter, born and raised in New Orleans. Our interview took place in Detroit, on February 28, 2007, a few ... Read more...