June 6, 1992 |
Authorities on Friday closed their investigation of Sen. Huey P. Long's killing after reaching the same conclusion as almost 57 years ago: that Louisiana's political "Kingfish" was slain by a doctor out to right a family wrong. "He was shot once, the bullet passing completely through his body and exiting through his back," state police Lt. Donald R. Moreau testified at a hearing. "There was one assassin. That assassin was Dr. Carl A. Weiss." Long, a U.S.
January 4, 2003 |
Huey P. Long: icon or the closest this country came to having a dictator? Louisiana state historians will renew this debate on Long, "The Kingfish," in a new museum. The fiery governor and U.S. senator will be featured alongside Louis Armstrong in a permanent exhibit called "Huey and Louis: Two Louisiana Icons" at the Louisiana State Museum's Baton Rouge museum, to open in early 2005. Armstrong was an easy pick. His influence on the world of music is unquestioned. But mixing Louis with Huey?
April 5, 1993 |
For the merchants and the poor hill farmers around this economically depressed town of 7,200, the spirit of Huey P. Long, the local boy who rose to become a lightning rod of social protest in the 1930s, has returned, offering salvation. "Almost everyone in town is pulling together on this," said George Wyatt, the executive director of Winnfield's Chamber of Commerce.
September 23, 1992 |
Huey P. Long was the most accomplished, loved, hated, feared and fearsome populist politician of the American century. Who would argue with that? A caravan of commas is required just to begin to take his measure. Ruthless, brilliant, inspiring, reckless and more, his "Share the Wealth" society and his slogan "Every man a King!" electrified the poor and panicked the prosperous. Here in this green, pine-swamp town, Long was born 99 years ago.
May 19, 1994 |
The gun some people believe was used to kill Huey Long was turned over Wednesday to the Louisiana State Police, which lost possession of it more than half a century ago. For the last three years, the Browning 7.65-millimeter automatic has been the subject of a court fight over its ownership. Most historians believe that Dr. Carl A. Weiss pulled the gun and shot Long in the state Capitol on Sept. 8, 1935. Long's bodyguards killed Weiss.
October 27, 1999 |
Hoyt Axton, the folksy country and pop singer and songwriter who penned the Kingston Trio's folk classic "Greenback Dollar," Three Dog Night's pop hit "Joy to the World" and his own humorous recording "Boney Fingers," died Tuesday at age 61. Axton, also a familiar character actor, died at his ranch in Victor, Mont., after suffering two severe heart attacks in two weeks. A disabling stroke three years ago forced him to use a wheelchair much of the time.