I just got a call from Sandra “18 Wheeler” Hester!
Many New Orleanians have wondered about Sandra’s whereabouts since Katrina. For those outside Orleans Parish, I should explain that Sandra has been one of our most public gadflies, an outspoken critic of the public school system and a star of her own over-the-top public access television show. She ran for School Board back in 2004, but she lost to the incumbent. Beloved by some, reviled by others, she’s been a controversial figure, but she’s always thought-provoking. Not to mention she has a killer sense of humor.
I’m happy to report that Sandra Hester is alive and well and living in Glasgow, Missouri. She is contemplating a “triumphant return” to New Orleans in the second week of October for the New Orleans Film Festival. She wants to be here for the premiere of Vince Morelli’s documentary about the public schools in New Orleans, in which she appears. I probably have the details wrong.
Sandra says she’s been following the situation in New Orleans very closely from afar. It will come as no surprise that she has some ideas about what we should do to rebuild the city. She looks forward to talking with residents.
She also said she’s contemplating a web-based television show to address the Katrina Diaspora.