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From 1954 to 1966, while Tolhurst was covering the news, the news was covering him as well.

1957 -- WDSU-TV publicity shot

1956 -- Sugar Bowl Queen Dawn Hebert waves to 120,000 fans at the Pittsburgh-Georgia Tech game. This Queen shared her photo debut in the Sept. 10, 1956 issue of Life Magazine with Tolhurst, seen in the background.


1960 -- Mourners pay last respects to former Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long.

November 1961 -- A Jazz Parade heralds the opening of the Jazz Museum.

1961 -- Tolhurst films author Dr. D. Elton Trueblood for a WDSU-TV broadcast interview with Ed Planer reporting.

early 1960s -- Tolhurst on the roof of the old International Trade Mart, corner of Camp & Common.

1962 -- Tolhurst covers the New Orleans Mayor's Parade on Canal Street from atop a WDSU-TV news car. Mayor and Mrs. Victor Schiro ride in the convertible behind Tolhurst.

October 1962 -- James Meredith is taken by car to class on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Mississippi

Meredith is escorted to his first class by U.S. Marshalls.

Meredith is surrounded by the media.

Student protesters targeted the media during Meredith's first days at Ole Miss. Tolhurst's rental car was set on fire and destroyed.

1962 -- Cuban Missile Crisis Press Conference with Tolhurst at left.

1965 -- Tolhurst films scenes of New Orleanians being evacuated by boat as Hurricane Betsy's flood waters overwhelm low-lying areas of the city.

May 1966 -- A dinner for members of the local media hosted by the mayor at Masson's Restaurant. Standing left to right: Mayor Vic Schiro, Leo Adde, and Emile Comar Seated left to right: Joan Gaulene Tolhurst, Jim Tolhurst, Gay Adde, and Madelyn Comar.

October 14, 1966 -- Tolhurst accepts the New Orleans Press Club first place Award for Best TV Feature.

October 14, 1966 -- New Orleans Press Club top awards go to WDSU-TV cameraman Jim Tolhurst, reporter Ed Planer, and camerman Mike Lala.