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HUEY LONG AUTHOR AND RESEARCHER TO SPEAK AT LSUA

Released: 11/03/1999

<p> David Zinman, noted Huey Long author and researcher, will speak to LSUA students and community members on Wednesday, November 17 in a special program at LSUA. He will discuss Huey Long and the circumstances surrounding the former governor&acute;s controversial death. The program will be held at noon in the Nursing Auditorium at LSUA. The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the LSUA Chancellor&acute;s Arts and Humanities Committee and the Department of Education and Social Sciences. </p><p> Zinman is the author of The Day Huey Long Was Shot, a riveting book that challenges the "official" version of the Kingfish&acute;s death. Zinman penned the book while working for the Associated Press New Orleans Bureau. In 1960, he did a national wire story on the 25th anniversary of the slaying. He followed that story with three years of research and the publication of his book in 1963. Rumors and behind-the-scenes whispers spurred Zinman to explore history&acute;s official version of Long&acute;s death, and his findings did not collaborate the accepted facts. </p><p> The Day Huey Long Was Shot tells a riveting story tracing the fatal September day in 1935 when Huey Long was shot to death in the Louisiana capital. Zinman&acute;s extensive research and interviews document astonishing conflicts and contradictions. </p><p> According to book reviews, the updated book is must reading for anyone interested in Huey Long or Louisiana politics. Since the initial publication of the book, Zinman has continued to follow the case by exclusive interviews with the family of gunman Dr. Carl Austin Weiss and with Long&acute;s bodyguards. In 1992, 57 years after the shooting, forensic scientists examined Weiss&acute;s body and concluded that there were serious doubts that the doctor had fired the fatal shot. </p><p> At the same time, the discovery of Weiss&acute;s long-missing gun and the state police file on the case brought astonishing results. </p><p> The book has been updated, expanded and republished twice since it was originally published in 1963. It was most recently republished in 1997 by the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. In the updated edition, Zinman reports the new evidence that keeps the hotly debated case on the front pages of America&acute;s newspapers. </p><p> Zinman&acute;s book has been touted by the Indianapolis Star as "exciting reading for anyone still to be introduced to one of the most flamboyant and legend-like dramas in American political history." </p><p> "Though Zinman&acute;s revised book remains inconclusive, it&acute;s also a fascinating document about one of the most bizarre and mysterious incidents in American political history," wrote Herman Trotter of the Buffalo News. "It is as close to definitive as we are likely to come." </p>