December 15, 1991
Cajun Ty Bourgeois is referred to as "a typical Louisiana coon ass." Before some of your readers get in an uproar, let it be noted that "coon ass" has nothing to do with either raccoons, donkeys or anything else their imaginations can conjure up. "Coon ass" is a corruption, or variant, of the old French cuss word conasse-- a prostitute who had not had her regular health checkup. Conasse, and later "coon ass," was used as a slang term for Cajuns, and is one of those designations that may constitute fighting words when used by outsiders, but is OK when used by us. I have cousins in New Iberia who have T-shirts and bumper stickers that proclaim, "I'm proud to be a coon ass."
October 9, 2008 |
A Milwaukee couple are waiting for answers after their baby boy died in foster care last week, two days after being removed with three other children from their home. "A week before he was taken from the home, we had taken him to the doctor and he was as healthy as can be," the boy's father, Robert Whitman, said Tuesday night. "Today was supposed to be his two-month checkup." The county medical examiner's office reported Oct. 2 that the infant, Robert R. Whitman, was found dead that day in a crib at a foster home.
January 27, 1986 |
Richard M. Nixon was admitted to a Miami area hospital today suffering from a viral infection and dehydration, and an aide said the 73-year-old former President was suffering from the flu. Eileen Marcus, a spokeswoman for the Miami Heart Institute, said Nixon "was admitted at 1:04 p.m., suffering from a viral infection and dehydration." She said Nixon's Miami area physician, Dr. Lewis Elias, had not reported immediately on the former President's condition.
November 6, 2005 |
YOU'RE in great shape. You watch your diet and exercise, and you don't smoke or drink. Your itinerary is a little strenuous, but that's no big deal. Or is it? It can be, doctors say. And that's why they suggest a pre-trip checkup, whether your destination is Africa or Illinois, and especially if you're recovering from an operation ? including plastic surgery ? or taking a course of chemotherapy, among other things. A checkup also can reveal things you only suspected. Take, for example, the case of two doting grandparents who had decided to treat their family, all 15 of them, to Christmas in Kenya.
July 21, 1985 |
A jovial President Reagan, feeling restless and claiming to be eager for work just a week after cancer surgery, returned Saturday to the White House from Bethesda Naval Medical Center after threatening to send his surgeons to Congress to help trim the budget deficit. A crowd of 2,000 official well-wishers--including top aides and Cabinet members--greeted the President with balloons, placards and band music when he returned by helicopter to the South Lawn.
October 3, 1996 |
The eyes narrow, as if considering a twisting blue highway, when William Croker talks about his life's obsession--the art of shifting his weight and placing one size-11 foot in front of the other, the act that has twice moved him to span the United States. Walking.