Newspaper Report: Jazz Great Pete Fountain Missing in NOLA

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By: E&P Staff

Pete Fountain, the famed clarinetist and New Orleans
institution, may be among Katrina?s victims, his sister fears.

Dolores Materne of Metairie, who fled her home for Lafayette, told the Times-Picayune today she hasn?t heard from her 75-year-old brother and his wife Beverly, who have homes in two hurricane-savaged areas: flattened Bay St. Louis and on Swan Street near Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, since Katrina turned towards the central gulf coast.

She has also not been able to reach his three adult children, who live in Metairie and New Orleans. She last spoke with Fountain on Aug. 25.

A message board at the newspaper also carried this report:

“Tenor Sax King of New Orleans, Johnny Pennino, and his elderly mother are still waiting for rescue at 924 N. Rocheblave St, Orleans Ave and S. Broad St area. He left a message for help on Friday afternoon. We gave his address Wed AM and again yesterday, but still no help. It is a shame that people are still without help after all these days. Someone please get to 924 N. Rocheblave St. and save 2 lives.”

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