Ernest S. Clements, Jimmie Davis, William J. "Bill" Dodd, Allen J. Ellender, Jimmy Fitzmorris, Camille Gravel, Jack P.F. Gremillion, Francis Grevemberg, William J. Guste, J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., Sam Jones, John Hainkel, Paul Hardy, Shelby M. Jackson, Robert F. Kennon, Dudley J. LeBlanc, Blanche Long, Earl Kemp Long, George S. Long, Gillis William Long, the legacy of Huey P. Long, Jr., Russell B. Long, Speedy O. Long, Charlton Lyons, John McKeithen, Wade O. Martin, Jr., Louis J. Michot, deLesseps Story Morrison, Sr., James A. Noe, Mary Evelyn Parker, Otto Passman, Dave L. Pearce, William M. Rainach, Edward G. "Ned" Randolph, Jr., Charles E. Roemer, III, John G. Schwegmann, John W. "Jock" Scott, Nauman Scott, John K. Snyder, David C. Treen, many others, including his perhaps most demanding subject, Edwin Washington Edwards.
He had a great interest in sportsmen's issues, city charters, and "good government" in general. Fluent in French, LaBorde promoted his cultural heritage through the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, better known by the acronym CODOFIL.
Sometimes, LaBorde ventured into national politics, where he would offer unsolicited advice for Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and the first George H.W. Bush about which they undoubtedly never read. He grew irate over Watergate in 1973 and 1974 but mostly kept to state or local matters.
LaBorde was a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the war, and he moved Blanche and the youngsters wherever he was stationed: San Antonio, Arkansas City, Kansas, and Abilene, Texas (Taylor County).
His staff joked that he had no formal education but "the school of hard knocks." However, he did attend Tyler (Texas) Commercial College, which claimed to be the largest business training school in the United States for a period of time. The college offered instruction in bookkeeping, shorthand, telegraphy, business administration, and finance.
LaBorde demanded integrity, accuracy, originality, and speed from his reporters and editors. When his near legendary but quiet temper flared, he could, without a trace of humor, stare down the culprit over the rim of his glasses.
Despite his "old school" demeanor, LaBorde adjusted his newsroom to modern demands. He knew that the paper had to attract subscribers to stay afloat. Computers were introduced at the Town Talk in the summer of 1973 to improve efficiency and to increase the volume and quality of news stories. One of the former reporters, Elizabeth Roberts Martin of Oklahoma City, a 1966 Louisiana State University graduate, became the first woman to hold editing positions in the Town Talk newsroom. LaBorde hired the Town Talk's first black reporter, Cleo Joffrion, an Alexandria native. He named his assistant managing editor, Cecil Williams, a native of the Kentucky coal-mining area, as business editor, a position from which Williams won numerous awards.
He sent the young reporter Leonard Sanderson, Jr., to Baton Rouge to cover the legislature in 1974; six years later Sanderson was an aide to newly elected Republican Governor David Treen. Sanderson now runs his own consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Another beginning reporter, Jeff Cowart, an Alexandria native and LSU graduate, became the first press secretary for then Democratic Governor Buddy Roemer in 1988. Cowart went on to establish his own management consulting firm, Media National, in Leesburg, Virginia.
Three Town Talk staffers, Larry Collins, Betty Luman, and Chet Hilburn, advanced to the Houston Chronicle. Jack Harp of Ruston came to the newspaper at the age of 22 in 1972 to work on the "wire desk." The technology changed so much over the following three decades that the term "wire desk" was replaced by "Metro desk." Harp remains at the Town Talk, helping to put the paper together. Rebecca Jo Tubb Mulkey (1949–1999), originally from Magnolia, Arkansas, wrote feature stories before moving on to the Torrance Daily Breeze in Torrance, California. All owed a part of their success to LaBorde's demanding tutelage.
LaBorde's tenure at the newspaper coincided with the management of publisher Joe D. Smith, Jr. (1922–2008), a native of Pineville, and Smith's first wife, Jane Wilson Smith, whose father had owned The Town Talk. The Smiths sold the paper to Central Newspapers, Inc., of Indianapolis, which later sold it to the [[Virginia-based Gannett. Smith is a former member of the Louisiana Higher Education Coordinating Board, renamed the Louisiana Board of Regents and has long been active in civic affairs in his city and state.
LaBorde was a staunch conservationist. While he felt like he could not personally save the planet, he could do something about his home region. He was given the Edward Meeman Conservation Award by the Scripps-Howard Foundation for "distinguished journalism in the field of conservation." He was the charter president of the Central Louisiana Press Club and held membership in the United Press Newspaper Association of Louisiana. He urged Governor Edwards to promote the state purchase of the Saline-Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish. He lobbied in his columns for removal of oilfield pollution from the Little River, and he urged Edwards to acquire the land encompassing Spring Bayou. He was a former president and state director of the Rapides Wildlife Association. For a while he wrote the column "Nibbles and Potshots" on fishing and hunting for the Town Talk sports section.
LaBorde and his beloved wife, the former Blanche Bordelon (1913–2004), also a Bordelonville native, had two sons, Adras Paul LaBorde, II (1943–1972), and Michael Anthony LaBorde (born 1947) of Baton Rouge, and a daughter, Mrs. Joyce LaBorde Cessac (born 1934) of Portland, Texas, near Corpus Christi. Adras, II, who held a master of science degree in forestry from LSU in Baton Rouge, died of cancer at the age of twenty-nine. Adras II's son, Adras Paul LaBorde, III (born in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1966), is a Baton Rouge attorney in the Rowe law firm, who specializes in litigation, admiralty, and maritime law. LaBorde, III, (sometimes known as Paul Endom, after his stepfather) is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the LSU Law School.
Adras and Blanche LaBorde are buried in Alexandria Memorial Gardens.
(It is noted that LaBorde's date of birth was mathematically rare, 12-12-12.)
http://www.medianational.com/ (Jeff Cowart company)
http://www.lawyers.com/lawyers/Baton%20Rouge/Louisiana/Adras%20Paul%20LaBorde/attorney.html?a=0762-RAW&b=G100014ABE01A4E80B3E7&CMP=KNC-OSMXPV&site=729 (attorney Paul LaBorde, III, grandson of Adras LaBorde)
http://www2.msstate.edu/~eaddy/famtrlab/html/fam00710.htm (LaBorde family genealogy)
http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000059 (Senator Joseph Ransdell)
http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/modlang/carasi/via/ViaVol4_1Reviews.htm#Greco (Bishop Charles Greco)
http://home.sprynet.com/~skreed/typc-scho01.htm (Tyler Commercial College)
http://www.thetowntalk.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080504/OBITUARIES/80503013/1023 (Cecil Williams obituary)
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