Diversity Employers

December 2015

Editorial objective:1- give diverse jobseekers sound information on job opportunities and how to successfully navigate the job search process,2- invite “employers of choice” to share success secrets and valuable information on where the jobs are.

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18 Diversity Employers | DiversityEmployers.com | December 2015 speed. The tests proved the necessity of seatbelts by showing that a passenger in a moving vehicle does not stop when the vehicle stops. The result is that when the car stops, the passenger keeps moving; sometimes into the windshield or even out of the car. That story went to ABC News for national viewing. Around 1977 or 1978, WWL, a com - peting local station, aired a story on the Black Panthers. My news director, Alec, saw the story and sent Furnell Chatman and I to fnd and interview the panthers. We found the house, but the panthers who answered our knock were not very pleased to see any members of the press. You see, they were unhappy with the story WWL had done on them. So mistrusting were they of us that they grabbed Furnell and I and threw us against the house. Be- fore they could do any real harm, a friend of mine came out of the house and rec - ognized me. He stopped the men from harming us, and even agreed convinced them to an interview. The Panthers were pleased with our representation of them. When Edwin Edwards ran for gover- nor for the state of Louisiana the frst term, Reporter Bob Krieger and myself were sent to profle the candidate. We arrived a little early and went into the building. There were two rooms set up for the interview. In the frst room were a group of white people manning tele - phones, and in the second room were all Black people doing the same thing. We looked around and went outside to wait for Edwards. A few minutes later he came and took a look at me and told us to give him a few minutes. We went back into the offce and I started flming. Edwards had integrated the people. After Edwards' speech, I noticed his gold lapel pin that said, "Edwards." I asked the governor if he had another pin like that, and he told me to wait until he was leaving the area. The reporter and I walked around, and as he was leaving, the governor put his pin in my hand. Edwards won the election. The 1979 police strike caused Mayor Dutch Morial to cancel Mardi Gras. Of course, people continued to party in the French Quarter, but the lack of offcers on patrol led to an increased lack of scruples on display on the balconies. It was during this time that the ladies on the balconies began lifting their tops in exchange for beads. I along with other photographers at my station began collecting and saving the strips of flm. I did not sell the flm, but I take credit for the "show your tits" ph enomenon! There was an oil well blowout during the 70's that Bob Krieger and I were as- signed to cover. We drove to Morgan City, Louisiana to board a helicopter that would fy us near the burning oil rig. When the pilot opened the chopper's door so I could flm better, I objected at frst to no avail. As we approached the burning rig, there were fames shooting up 60 to 70 feet. After a few minutes of flming the blast from my seat, I tied the seatbelt to my thigh and stood on the strut of the chopper. The resulting flm was amazing. I was not feeling well on Sunday after- noon, January 7, 1973 when Louis called me to work. He asked for my camera and my body, but I told him he could not have either and hung up the phone. After I hung up, I turned the TV on to see live video of the Downtown Howard Johnson's hotel. According to news reports, a gunman was shooting at all people wearing blue coats. I dressed in maroon pants and jacket and headed over there. Fernell and I arrived at the Rault Center, a high-rise commercial and apartment building that was empty due to a fre that had occurred months before. This building was directly across the street from the Howard Johnson, giv- ing us a clear view of the unfolding crisis. We walked to the top foor of the Rault Center and I began flming. The bullets were bouncing off the Howard Johnson into the Rault Center, where I was trying to dig a whole into the cement foor to take cover. The police cornered the gun- man, Mark Essex, in a room on the roof of the Howard Johnson's. By the time a military helicopter came in shooting 50 caliber bullets, Mark Essex was killed. He had killed 9 and wounded 15 people, among them the Second in command chief of police. One Sunday afternoon, as flm was be - ing processed for broadcast, we got a call that there was a fre on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. My intern and I parked the car and began flming what looked like mannequins in the window behind burglar bars. Turns out these were dead bodies of patrons who had tried to get out of the second story win- dow and were trapped by the bars. In all, thirty to forty people were killed. Why any establishment would install burglar bars on the second story windows was a mystery to me. These deaths should have never happened. One of my favorite photographic experiences was flming the white tiger at Audubon Zoo. I set up about ffty feet from the tiger's den, which was sur- rounded by water. The tiger came out and sat for a moment. I started right on the tiger and as he began running, I opened out the shot to a wide angle. He jumped AMONG GIANTS Richard Nixon U.S. PRESIDENTS I HAVE MET Jimmy Carter Ronald Regan George Bush, Sr. Bill Clinton

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