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Lafayette: Boom Town (1981)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, 30.2121247, -92.1086089

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-04-27

Duration: 00:24:06

Subjects: OIL INDUSTRY | EVANGELINE DOWNS | MARDI GRAS | Festivals Acadiens | University of Southwestern Louisiana


  • Frost, Jack Narrator
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Wolf, Thom Producer
  • Hudson, Dub Interviewee
  • Lastrapes, Dud Interviewee
  • Gomez, Ron Interviewee
  • Ashy, Charles Interviewee
  • Authement, Ray Interviewee


This documentary from April 27, 1981, focuses on Lafayette, Louisiana, in honor of Louisiana Public Broadcasting going on the air in the city. It covers: the history of the city; the importance of the oil industry; traditional Cajun cuisine; Evangeline Downs race track; Mardi Gras traditions; Festivals Acadiens; the University of Southwestern Louisiana; and the future of the city. It includes interviews with: City Councilman Dub Hudson; Mayor Dud Lastrapes; State Representative Ron Gomez; Charles Ashy of Evangeline Downs; and Ray Authement, president of the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Narrator: Jack Frost