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Hap   Lloyd “Hap” Glaudi,  – Famous New Orleans sportswriter (New Orleans Item) and broadcaster (WWL-TV and WWL-AM).   Was the host of “The Point After” (AKA “Da pernt Afta”) One of the greater purveyors of New Orleans-eese.  Like Bono or Cher all you have to say is Hap and anybody in New Orleans over 40 will know who you are talking about.

Hawt   – (Heart) A term of endearment used primarily by females.  Also a coronary attack “Hawt-at-tack.”

Clarence “Frogman” Henry, New Orleans R & B singer.   He could sing like and sing like a girl, he was a lonely man and said, I ain’t got no home and no place to roam.”

Clarence”Frogman” Henry Music 

 

Hey, bay-bee (Hey Baby) –  Pronounced <hey, BAAAAAAAY-bee> with the “BAY” drawn way out. A greeting between any two people of either gender.

Hickey – A knot or bump your head when you bump or injure your head.

Andrew Higgins, shipbuilder and inventor was the founder and owner of Higgins Industries, the New Orleans manufacturer of “Higgins boats” (LCVPs), the amphibious landing craft used during to land troops on Normandy on D-Day and throughout the Pacific and other theatres of war in  World War II. The company started out as a small boat-manufacturing business, but later became one of the biggest industries in the world with upwards of eighty thousand workers and government contracts worth nearly three hundred fifty million dollars. General Dwight Eisenhower is quoted as saying, “Andrew Higgins … is the man who won the war for us. … If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different.” Adolf Hitler  bitterly dubbed him the “New Noah.”  Andrew Higgins Books

Al Hirt, musician, trumpet, jazz, pop, and swing.  He had  million-selling recordings of “Java” and the accompanying album Honey in the Horn (1963), and for the theme song to The Green Hornet. His nicknames included “Jumbo” and “The Round Mound of Sound.”  He had a day gig  as  a”Roach Man along Pete Fountain in the 1950’s.

History of New Orleans
(Hiss-tree)  – Man, we got some hiss-tree!  In the spring of 1718,  this French dude, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville,  came ashore and founded da-sit-ee at the first dry spot he could find after coming up what would soon be named the Mississippi River.  New Orleans was explored by French explorers Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, in 1682 and later  Bienville, in 1699.  Bienville established a settlement  1718 when he became governor of the French colony of Louisiana. The settlement was named Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans), in honor of  Duc d’Orléans, (The Duke of Orleans). The original area of the city was a  grid of 66 squares blocks which is today known as the French Quarter.    They weren’t there first. About 2200 BC the Mississippi River deposited silt creating the delta which would be New Orleans.    Native Americans were there first for about 1300 years before building mounds and earthworks in the area. Dey wuz dere back to at least 400 A.D.  Yats came later.

Since the establishment of the city nearly 300 years ago  New Orleans has survived, prospered and declined and prospered again in its unlikely location.  The links below more detailed information on the history of New Orleans from various sources.

New Orleans – Wikipedia
New Orleans – Encyclopedia Britannica
The Historic New Orleans Collection
New Orleans Public Library –  Photography Collection

 

Historic Houses and Buildings

There are many  historic homes in New Orleans highlighted by the following:  The 1850 House , located in Jackson Square, in the Lower Pontalba Building it is a depiction of life in a Creole home built in 1849. Beauregard-Keyes House and Gardens  is the mansion home to Confederate General P.T. Beauregard and later, novelist Francis Parkinson Keyes was built in 1827, Gallier House – the restored 1857 townhouse of New Orleans architect James Gallier Jr. features Victorian designs, detailed courtyard and slave quarters,
Hermann-Grima House  a historic 1831 home which depicts Creole life in old New Orleans., Pitot House  is a historic eighteenth-century French Colonial/West Indies house on  Bayou St. John, Longue Vue House and Gardens , a Classical Greek Revival estate featuring impressive art and antiques, on eight acres gardens, Williams Residence – a restored Manor home built in 1889.

D. H. Holmes, New Orleans premier department store from 1842 to 1989.  Referred to as Holmes or Holmez-iz-ez by locals.   Ignatius Reilly met his mama dere unda the clock at da main store on Canal Street.

House-cat-n-curlas –  (House coat and curlers) –  A Moo-Moo type robe or garment worn by a women in conjunction with hair curlers usually at home.

Hurr-e-cain – Hurricane – No not the storm.  A powerfully intoxicating sweet rum-based tropical drink served in a large souvenir glass at Pat O’Brien’s (Pat O’s) on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter.