On Saturday night, Nov. 20, 1971, Baton Rouge was cool, sticky and whitened by wisps of fog. Throughout the nation, television sets came alive with color (!) imagery of the evening broadcast from LSU’s Tiger Stadium via the bulky cameras of ABC Sports.
One of those flickering TV sets was in a living room in Larose, a town that hangs onto the lower edges of Louisiana, where the map becomes more blue than green and the next town to the south is named Cut Off.
That’s where a 10-year-old bayou kid named Edward Jim Orgeron Jr., son of Bé Bé and Co Co, stood in a den, hollering like only a true Cajun can.