Clarify one misconception and others arise to take its place. Now that you know I don’t live in Baton Rouge, it’s time to put other mistakes to rest.

Newspapers have a certain inner structure, a hierarchy, and like any other closed society, the various differences are not always clear to the general public.

I function in the hierarchy as part of the newsroom where I cover society news. The dictionary defines this as “of, relating to, or characteristic of elegant society.” Newspapers have done this since 1835 when the New York Herald’s James Gordon Bennett Jr. first reported the life and times of the rich, and everyone was mightily amused, especially the rich.

I am not in advertising sales. Newspapers have an entire subdivision whose job this is, and we don’t hang out.

I am not a photographer. Aside from dreading writers, photographers are predominantly male and carry very large cameras. Size matters and even female ones will be likewise well-endowed with equipment. Notice that I carry an extremely small camera, like a little derringer, hidden in my purse. It’s not my job to make people look wonderful or disguise their flaws, only to draw down on them.

Society is a lot like crime, persons of interest come out at night, and my job is to return with the evidence. On the other hand, photographers believe they do art — metaphors, journeys, that kind of thing. Like most men, newspaper photographers believe God reveals himself through sports, and you’ll nearly always find them on the playing field.

I am not an editor. Their job is to draw down on writers. Editors believe God reveals himself through them.


Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at

Donor party

’Tis more blessed to give than to receive, and United Way gave a “thank you” to its donors by way of a cocktail party. Hosted by Iberia Bank President Jerry and Julie Vascocu at their Oak Alley home, a shuttle ferried guests for a catered evening by Joey’s, who spared nothing in their spread. Enjoying their just deserts were John and Donna Wright, Barry and Jane Alldredge and George and Rootie Foster.

Rio queens party

It was something to behold. Hosted by past queen Janice LeBlanc, the Queens of Carnavale en Rio had “A Day Fit for a Queen,” a progressive luncheon that lasted five hours and then some. The party bus pulled up to Robert M’s for mimosas and an updo at 10, then on to Kiki for appetizers and try-ons, DeGaulle Square Bistro for lunch and Paul’s Jewelry for dessert and diamonds. “The Queens Party is the best part of being in Rio,” said past Queen Pam Lamb, who also celebrated her birthday aboard the bus. “We unleash.” Rio’s current queen is Dr. Gina Maestri and their ball will take place on Jan. 9.

Symphony League Christmas cocktails

Debra Sonnier hosted the Symphony League for a cocktail fest in her home at 203 Old Settlement Road. Champagne punch met the ladies at the door and chocolate martinis were an option, but nothing beat the buffet by the Corner Pantry unless it was Sylvia Turner’s special edition Thunderbird convertible. Making merry were Stephanie Toups, Glyn Kelly, Will Dubose and Veronica Rodrigue.

Noel Acadian au Village

Far from business as usual, real estate and closing law firm Prime Title/Olson & O’Neill teamed up with members of other companies in the real estate industry, namely Van Eaton & Romero, Prime Lending and Realtor Association of Acadiana, to volunteer at Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizen’s Acadian Village for Noel Acadian au Village. The nighttime Christmas extravaganza benefits LARC, whose mission is to support persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in reaching their goals of self-sufficiency, quality of life and self-worth. “It was a wonderful experience,” said attorney Paul Gardner.