Several years ago I saw a Gunsmoke episode from the early 60's and I
noticed Hap Glaudi's name on the credits. I wrote to WWL to see if they knew
the answer and they did not. This morning I stumbled upon this email from
Hap's daughter. It was a very long time ago but it was certainly a part of
our history. The years I was in N.O. I found Hap's sports show to be very
entertaining. He was a good guy.
Submitted by Tom D. Carey, Class of 1965
TERRY GLAUDI AIME:
Hi Bob. A friend of mine sent me the e-mail from TD Carey (posted here on an
earlier page) about my Dad, Hap Glaudi, having a part in Gunsmoke. Yes, it
was him. Gunsmoke was on CBS and asked WWL for a local celebrity to play a
bit part as part of a promotion for WWL and Gunsmoke. It was 1964 and my Dad
took my younger sister, Karen and me with him to Hollywood. It was the first
time we flew and our first time in Hollywood. We met Matt Dillon, Festus,
Doc and Miss Kitty. My dad dressed as a townsman with a mustache, hat, gun
and holster and boots. By the time they finished splicing the film, my dad's
part was so quick that if you blinked your eyes you would have missed him. I
do have some pictures of him on the set with the stars. It was fun and most
of all are our memories of being with our Dad.
Unfortunately, my Dad never had a son. He was blessed with three
daughters and a wonderful wife, Millie. He wanted a boy so much, that he named
me after two baseball players. My name is Glen Terry. Maybe someone knows who
the baseball players are ... I think one may be Bill Terry. Anyway, my older
sister was named after him. Her name is Gayloyd. My dad's real name is Lloyd and
he was given the nickname "Hap" at Jesuit High School, short for "Happy." "Gay"
meant "happy" also, so he put it together and named her Gayloyd. My mother said
that she was going to name the third daughter, so she named her Karen. We all
live in the area. Karen and I live in New Orleans, and Gay lives in Covington.
Thank you for letting me relive those memories and for your wonderful
What an honor to be visited on my site by the daughter of a great friend, Hap
Glaudi. Hap was certainly one of the most beloved broadcasters ever on the
airwaves in New Orleans, and a prince of a person.
Submitted by Joan Wiley Luck, Class of 1952
I've been trying to remember what movie stars I saw in California during the
time I lived out there... I first went out and went to school off and on
from the time I was 12 ... in the 7th grade... my mother and stepfather had
moved out to Long Beach and that area. Then I went back when Guy and I
married and lived there until 1960... all 4 kids were born out there. Some
of these are old stars that you may not remember... some I just saw in
passing and others here and there... here goes: Alan Ladd (I was surprised
at how short he was), Guy Williams (played mostly in westerns in the 50's),;
Joel McRae, Sr. and his wife, Fances Dee... their son, Joel Jr., had the
locker next to mine at University High School in West L. A. (lots of movie
stars kids went there... we just happened to live in the same district);
Clint Walker used to ride a rather small motorcycle down our street... his
legs were so long, he looked like a toddler on a tricycle; Hoss Cartright
(can't remember his real name).. lived near us and we saw him often in the
grocery store; David Niven who always had a miniature white poodle with him,
wearing a pink bow... my mother and I noticed the dog before we recognized
him; Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood drove by in a convertible several times;
John Wayne and Edward G. Robinson (I already told you about them); Teresa
Wright (played in a lot of war movies); Margaret O'Brien (went to that
school with me), another young girl star... something Marshall ,same school
Maureen O'Hara, in her yard often, the tall blonde guy who played "The
Rifleman". Richard Jaekel, blonde, husky, who had 3 little boys in school
with mine. Some are kinda special...my best friend was Sylvia Sheekman,
whose father was a screen writer and whose mother was Gloria something, who
played the older lady in the movie "Titanic" a few years ago... she was an
old-time movie star... I spent a few nights at their house... it was
magnificent and her mothers bedroom was all in pink and white with mirrors
on all the walls and the ceiling. I saw my first TV set at their house... we
kept in touch for several years. ; Another interesting one was "Alfalfa"
from the old Our Gang comedies... he lived around the corner from us but I
didn't know it until he got murdered there... something to do with another
man's wife, i think.
I heard the police cars and ambulance and went out in the back yard where
I could see the apartment house where he lived... they brought him down on
a stretcher but he was already dead from gunshot wounds. We found out a few
years ago that just before we moved to the house we had in Van Nuys, that
Marilyn Monroe, who was just a beginning starlet at the time, had lived just
down the street from us but moved shortly before we moved in. When Cyndy
started kinder garden, I met another young mother named Bridgett ... she was
married to the war era star, Robert Hutton and she had been a starlet when
she met him. They had a little girl Jolie, who became Cyndy's best friend
and they had a little boy Mandy's age... She and I used to walk the little
girls to school, each pushing strollers. I didn't often have a car but when
I did, I would go by and get them. Bridgett and I were both southern girls
far from home and became very good friends. I visited their home often...
most of the furniture in it was bought from George Raft... Robert was rather
stand-offish and had trouble making a living for his family... they were
every bit as poor as we were... one Christmas, Bridgett was really "down"
because they had no money to buy the kids Xmas presents and just a few days
before Xmas, he got a residual check for some old movie that ran on TV. She
was just beside herself with joy. He was considerably older than she was
and eventually she left him... she made a couple of movies herself (before
she left)... one with Red Skelton... "The Fuller Brush Man"... maybe a
couple more... Cyndy saw an article last year on Bridgett... she married
someone outside the movie industry the last time, I think.
A few others I remember seeing are Jean Peters (who was married to Howard
Hughes), Jane Withers, Lloyd Nolen, Lloyd Bridges and his 2 sons, John
Caradine and one of his sons; and we had a man in our church who always
played the "heavy" in the westerns... can't remember his name and a few
others but my memories are fading and i can't call some of the names.
There was, and still is, an outdoor market and shopping center near where we
lived called "Westwood Village"... we saw most of these there. some were
friendly and some were not. I was never into movie stars much nor
autographs and we would never have bothered them when they were on "their
own time" anyway. My mother recognized lots of the old silent stars we saw
there. We, under no circumstances, ever lived "like the movie stars do"...
we just happened to live in the area... if I think of any others, I'll let
Wiley Luck, Class of 1952
THE DAY THE MOVIE STARS CAME TO MINDEN
All these movie star memories make me want to pose the question, "Does
anyone remember when Julie Adams came to Minden?"
I was in the 6th grade, i think. East Side. We had lunch then we were all
going downtown to the parade featuring the star. Maybe she was a starlet
then. I just remember that is the day I discovered that I am allergic to "red
weenies." I broke out all over and threw up but was determined to go see
her.(Just for the record, i have not eaten another red wiener.)
I remember that she was a disappointment to me, because--now listen to this
shallowness--she was wearing gaudy silver high heeled sandals with NO
stockings. My mother said a lady always wore stockings.
Her legs were long, thin, and brown.
Today, the whole episode seems amusing. If anyone else remembers this tiny
slice of our history, I would love to hear their perspective.
Dixie Dugan Clark, Class of 1957
P.S. Interestingly, I have a grandson who was allergic to red dye in foods the
first seven or eight years of his life. He has outgrown that now. He is 9.
MY MEMORIES OF THE DAY THE MOVIE STARS CAME TO TOWN
Dixie, I also
remember the day the movie stars came to town. Was it 1951 or 1952? Carol
Whitfield and I were skipping class when we ran into my homeroom teacher in
downtown Minden. We were caught! We thought we were going to be in bad trouble
but she did not tell on us.
Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh, Class of 1955
THE DAY JULIE ANDREWS CAME TO MINDEN
I remember this day. A group of us skipped school, which
we thought was ok since she was a movie star and went to see her. I was real
close to her and was very disappointed to see that her dress was very
wrinkled and dirty. She was pretty but I expected her to be pristine clean
Later we all had to go see Mr. Cathcart and explain why
we went and why we thought it was ok. I was the spokesman for our group and
finally convinced him that we thought it was OK to go. We all got off
unpunished but I began to wonder if we were going to be expelled for a few
days and I knew my Daddy would be very unhappy, so I was doing some "tall"
talking and it worked.
Patsy Elkins Starling., Class of 1954
JULIE ANDREWS SOLD BONDS IN FRONT OF THE MINDEN COURTHOUSE
I remember Julia Adams in front of the old courthouse
selling bonds. Also, George Murphy (singer,
dancer, actor and later, Senator from California) was
AllI can say is she looked better on "BONANZA" in later
years. She looked pretty good in "Creature
From the Black Lagoon".
Bo Drake, Class of 1954
Note: We also invite you to read the biography of Rudy Robbins on this
website. Rudy played in the Alamo with John Wayne. He was a graduate of
East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas where he met and became
friends with other Minden High School classmates while they were attending ETBC
during the mid fifties. He is a super nice fellow. Rudy was one of the first
people I met when I arrived at the campus. He told Billy Hathorn that he still
remembered me even though I haven't seen him in fifty-two years. What a memory!