On the 40th anniversary of Pan Am Flight 759 crash that killed 154, documentary screens at Jeff libraries | Entertainment/Life


“Pan Am Flight 759,” a documentary by filmmaker Royd Anderson, will be screened at two Jefferson Parish Libraries on Saturday, July 9, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the crash.

The first screening will occur at 9:30 am at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2750 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

The second screening will be at 1:30 pm, at the East Bank Regional, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The filmmaker will be present at both of the free screenings.

Pan Am Flight 759 crashed less than one minute after it took off from New Orleans International Airport on July 9, 1982, killing all 146 people on board and eight people on the ground.

The Boeing 727 jet plowed into south Kenner’s Morningside Park neighborhood. At the time, it was the nation’s second-deadliest crash.

Pan Am 759 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Miami to Las Vegas, with a stop in New Orleans. At the time of takeoff, there were thunderstorms over the east end of the airport.

Microburst wind shear caused by that afternoon’s powerful thunderstorm was blamed for the catastrophe, with the plane rapidly losing altitude almost immediately after taking off. The crash helped spur the development of sophisticated equipment incorporating Doppler radar to detect wind shear.

Anderson specializes in documentary films pertaining to tragic events in Louisiana that he says are overlooked by historians.

In 2006, Anderson wrote and directed the documentary “The Luling Ferry Disaster” for his master’s degree thesis project in communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The film recounts the story of the worst ferry disaster in US history in which 77 lives were lost.

WRITER’S CLINIC: Two local writers will make presentations for other writers on Saturday, July 16, at the East Bank Regional Library.

Constance Adler, author of “My Bayou,” will discuss “Guided Meditation and the Creative Process” at 9:30 am Pan Villagran, who writes the Willow Rose series under the pen name of Ann Marie Jameson, will discuss character development at 11 am

GENEALOGY: Rhonda Roederer presents “Census Records,” at 1 pm, Wednesday, July 6, at the East Bank Regional Library. She will present “Becoming a Tombstone Tourist” at 1 pm, Wednesday, July 13, at the same library. Sessions are free.

Archivist Amanda Fallis of the New Orleans Public Library will present two sessions of “Research Resources in the New Orleans City Archives and Special Collections.”

The first meeting will take place at 7 pm, Thursday, July 7, at the River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. The second will be at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, July 12, at the Terrytown Library, 680 Heritage Ave., Terrytown.

BOOK CLUBS: A number of book club meetings are coming up at Jefferson Parish libraries.

  • “Don’t Cry for Me by Daniel Black”: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Monday, July 11, Live Oak Library, 125 Acadia Drive, Waggaman.
  • “Mississippi Solo: A River Quest” by Eddy Harris: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Monday, July 11, Rosedale Library, 4036 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson.
  • “Paris by the Book” by Liam Callanan: 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Monday, July 11, East Bank Regional Library.
  • Any Book Club: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Wednesday, July 13, West Bank Regional Library. This month’s selection is mysteries. Read any mystery, bring your book, and come ready to discuss mysteries.
  • “Monogamy” by Sue Miller: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Tuesday, July 19, Lafitte Library, 4917 City Park Drive, Lafitte.
  • “The Secrets We Keep” by Lara Prescott: 2:30 pm to 4 pm, Tuesday, July 19, River Ridge Library.
  • “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick: 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Tuesday, July 19, East Bank Regional Library.
  • “Still Life” by Louise Penny:10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Wednesday, July 20, Gretna Library, 102 Willow Drive, Gretna.
  • “Family Business” by SJ Rozan: 2 pm to 3 pm, Tuesday, July 19, Old Metairie Library, 2350 Old Metairie Road.

SUMMER READING: These events are scheduled as part of the library’s summer reading program.

  • Make your own bubble wand: 2 pm to 3 pm, Wednesday, July 6, Harahan Library, 219 Soniat Ave., Harahan.
  • Porta-Puppet Players: “Captain Hook’s Book”: 2 pm to 3 pm, Wednesday, July 6, Live Oak Library.
  • Porta-Puppet Players: “Captain Hook’s Book”: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Thursday, July 7, River Ridge Library.
  • Frank and Tammy’s Magic and Puppet Show: 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Friday, July 8, West Bank Regional Library.
  • Kitten yoga: 10 am to 11 am, Monday, July 11, East Bank Regional Library. Find your inner meow while doing yoga with cute, adoptable kittens from the Jefferson SPCA
  • Banana Beach Party: 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Monday, July 11, West Bank Regional Library.
  • Banana Beach Party: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Monday, July 11, East Bank Regional Library.

Chris Smith is manager of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

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