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Blakeview: Riders' Digest

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Readers of a certain age will remember something called the RIDERS' DIGEST, a free weekly brochure distributed on the city's streetcars and buses from Sept. 15, 1947 through the early 1980s. The small brochures provided news about bus and streetcar lines operated by what then was called New Orleans Public Service Inc. (NOPSI) as well as jokes, "Quotes and Quips" and historical vignettes published under the heading "Did you know?" Journalists Thomas Ewing Dabney and Charles "Pie" Dufour were credited with writing many of those historical features. Hollywood columnist Jill Jackson also wrote an entertainment column. The New Orleans Public Library has a collection of Riders' Digest issues (www.nutrias.org/~nopl/info/louinfo/ridersdigest/index.htm) and an online list of 20 years' worth of the history column topics.

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