My grandfather's voice still resonates in my mind as I hear him and see him lecturing me on what this world is coming to. There were politicians he absolutely could not stand locally and federally. Mostly, I remember the stories of Huey Long. Governor Long was going to see that families of all socio-economical backgrounds were going to have the equal opportunities. Governor Long was the people's man.
The story I remember the most was hearing of Governor Long's death and the thousands of people who attended the services from all over Louisiana. Two of those attending were my grandmother and my great-grandmother. My grandfather saved all of Huey Long's published speeches, which I found in my grandmother's hope chest.
The one artifact that I regret we no longer have in our possession is buried with my grandfather. In 1982, after cancer stole Poppa from our family, he was presented at the Joseph Laughlin Funeral Home on Magazine Street in New Orleans — fastened to his jacket was his 'Every Man a King' lapel pin.”