From March 17, 2006 in Stevenson Ranch, California, Louis and Marilyn Scarabin discuss the life of Wayne Michael Scarabin after his loss during Hurricane Katrina.
Five-year-old Ainsley interviews Jason – January 2016.
Utah State Eastern Head Basketball Coach Bill Evans shares emotionally powerful stories of his early years in Northern California. His dad’s military service and hard work ethic, his mom’s kindness and his two siblings’ free spirited living. Bill dives head first into what his children and spouses have meant to him in addition to his coaching influences and the motivations propelling him into such an illustrious career as a two-time Division 1 Coach. He speaks directly to his posterity in how much he loves them.
Elway S. Fitzgerald describes his passion for photography; how it started, how he sustains his zeal for the craft of taking photos and where it will take him in both the near and distant futures. He shares some fun client stories, his days playing football (4 interceptions Senior Year: WOW), basketball and even memories of his Grampy Larry S. Fitzgerald and Uncle Steve T. Fitzgerald. Elway not only explains how to become a client but leaves emotionally stirring advice to his two younger brothers.
Edna Adolph was married to Ernest Adolph, youngest son of Henry and Jennie Adolph. She takes us through the Adolph parents and siblings and some cousins. Ernest and Nicholas Adolph ran the service station down there and Ernest even stayed to help people get fuel during Hurricane Betsy in 1965. They survived three major hurricanes and she guide us through their brave actions. Whether the divine bread that Jennie “Grammy” Buras Adolph made regularly, Clarence H. “Sonny” Adolph, Jr.’s endless pranks or the television they all bought for Henry Adolph, Edna and Pam warm our hearts with laughter from those days in Plaquemines Parish. Edna describes the Adolph camp across the river and shares an especially funny story of Helen Adolph. She has no regrets and continues to live a wonderful life full of love and memories.
Three interviews about Clarence Henry “Sonny” Adolph, Jr. – Louis M. “D.D.” Scarabin, Jr., Marilyn Adolph Scarabin and Wendy Adolph Fitzgerald.
Brent Edward Portie, one of my first cousins and the son of Edward Barbe and Helen Gail Adolph Portie, shares stories. Brent spent time with Ted Scarabin in his last days. He also goes into his Portie family roots including and especially his dad’s profession as a cop in Plaquemines Parish for 32 years right up until his untimely death on February 2, 2005. Brent also shares a multitude of stories where both him and his family were subject to racism.
Louis M. “D.D.” Scarabin, Jr. takes us from the time he found out he’s taking the job in Tembagapura, Indonesia through stories of Ross McCrimmon, who lost his wife over there, and the pilots of the F-27 that took workers and their families from Cairns, Australia to Timika. Bobby Means greeted the family at the airport and had Louis drive the treacherous roads of Irian Jaya. Louis also discusses his involvement with the Lupa Lelah Club including the Mardi Gras parades that started circa 1981. This is the first in a long series on Tembagapura years.
Wendolyn Fay “Wendy” Adolph Fitzgerald shares a multitude of stories about her only brother Clarence Henry “Sonny” Adolph, Jr. including her memories of the night he perished in a car crash. She goes into great detail about Henry Adolph “Grampy” and Jennie “Grammy” Buras Adolph, Nicky Adolph and his only son Roland who died young. She shares her memories of her son Brian’s awful accident falling off a covered bridge and leaves her posterity some beautiful advice and love, lots of love, kindness and honesty. Some of the recording is extremely emotional despite not covering some extremely difficult challenges during the 2020 covid pandemic for her and her family.
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Louis M. “D.D.” Scarabin, Jr. discusses his involvement in the formation of a Semi-Pro Football league in Plaquemines Parish. Louis was a player, a coach, Commissioner and even a (nearly involuntary – pulled from the stands to) referee for a game after ceasing involvement due to liabilities with being the Commissioner. Louis also touches on a church basketball league where Lanny Littlefield clocked a dirty player but got disqualified. Pensacola ended up winning the championship. Bill Evans, Doug Rhodus, Bill Mikelson and others participated in the league.
Marilyn Adolph Scarabin shares more stories about her only brother Clarence Henry “Sonny” Adolph, Jr. with emphasis on visiting relatives in Vidor, Texas and having so much fun with cousins’ Jackie and Janet Wright. Also included in the episode is a letter from very good friend Gail Field who was kind enough to share her memories of Sonny and the crash.
Louis M. “D.D.” Scarabin, Jr. takes us through the years 1962 through 1976 at Freeport. Starting at Grand Ecaille in a Pipe Gang all the way to the decision to take the family overseas to Tembagapura, Indonesia. Louis also shares some business ventures including opening a Feed Store with Eddie and Gail Portie in Buras to his Airboat business called D&J Airboats that he started after seeing an ad in Outdoor Living magazine and got in contact with Gordon Reynolds of Tampa, Florida.
On Saturday night, May 28, 1966, my mom’s only brother Clarence Henry “Sonny” Adolph, Jr. and my dad’s first cousin Vincent Roy “Potsy” Scarabin, Jr. collided head on in Boothville, Louisiana, near the same water tower where four Buras High School football players were killed on the way home from practice. The collision killed both men instantly. My parents, Louis and Marilyn Scarabin, drove upon the crash just as the police were investigating. My dad walked up to the accident but my mom stayed in the car. Both parents share information about the crash and these dear relatives’ short lives.
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On Tuesday, September 2, 1958, four Buras High School (Buras, Louisiana) football players were killed on the way home from practice. My dad Louis M. “D.D.” Scarabin, Jr., also on the football team, was in a car a few minutes after theirs. Louis’ recollections on this event that took the lives of not only his classmates and teammates but also his Venice Gang mates.
Uncle Jimmy shares stories and personality: Port Eads, Burrwood, New Orleans, his grandparents, parents and siblings including the tragic death of his brother Charles Reynolds “Charlie” Scarabin, and how Aunt Jo Ann Ragas Scarabin brought Louis M. Scarabin, Sr. to the hospital after his heart attack in 1979, his career at the Army Corp of Engineers, nearly catching the Beatles and so much more.