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Former news reporter discusses The Day Huey Long Was Shot

Loyola press release - February 7, 2001

(New Orleans)—David Zinman, former newspaperman and author of The Day Huey Long Was Shot, will discuss the still cloudy assassination of Louisiana’s most famous politician. His presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 20, at 7 p.m. in Bobet Hall, Room 332. The event, sponsored by the Department of History, is free and open to the public.

Using slides, Zinman will cover the high points of Long’s colorful and stormy career and focus on the conflicting versions of the senator’s 1935 slaying. The author, whose book was the first to challenge the "official" version of the shooting, will go on to discuss the case in light of new evidence uncovered in 1992. The Day Huey Long Was Shot was first published in 1963 with a new edition printed in 1993.

Huey Long was governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1930. He died on September 10, 1935, two days after being struck by a assassin’s bullet. Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, a 29-year-old physician was the alleged assassin. One of Long’s bodyguard gunned down Weiss immediately after the former governor was shot in the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Zinman was a prize-winning Associated Press newsman in New Orleans from 1959-1965 and later a reporter with Long Island Newsday. He is arguably the leading expert on the Long assassination and the only writer to have interviewed the eyewitness, all Long partisans and the Weiss family.