INTERVIEW WITH E. F. “BUDDY” BROUSSARD, JR.
JUNE 1, 2011 by Billy E. Crawford
Q. Billy. How many years have you been a CPTC member?
A. Buddy. 54 years, since 1957.
Q. When you joined, how did you receive the membership information?
A. From then current members but more particular Peter Rhiel.
Q. What is your impression of the new City Park /Pepsi Tennis Center?
A. First Class. I had no idea it was to be like it is, although I was the chairman of the Tennis Committee of the City Park Improvement Association for eight years.
Q. What is your educational background?
A. Four years at Jesuit High School; a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1951 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting in 1952—both from Loyola University of New Orleans.
Q. What is your profession?
A. Certified Public Accountant with Murphy, Whalen, and Broussard, L.L.C.
Q. What is the greatest tennis match you ever saw in person?
A. Stefan Edberg vs. Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1993
Q. Do you have a regular group of guys you play matches with? If so, what are their names and what day/time are the matches?
A. Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 4pm: John Connelly, Al LaPointe, Efrain Reisin, and Anthony Viloria. On Saturday and Sunday at 8am; George Fay, Del Delgado, Frank D’Antoni, Al LaPointe, Tom Church, Charles Cohen, Ernie Will.
Q. When family/guests are in town, where do you take them out to eat?
A. Steak Knife, Bon Ton, Chris Steak House, Mandina’s
Q. Religious affiliation?
A. Roman Catholic
Q. Who is your all-time favorite professional tennis player?
A. Male is Pete Sampras and female is Chris Evert.
Q. What do you like best about our Club?
A. Sportsmanship, competitiveness, and yet friendly.
Q. As of this date how many members are in our Club?
A. 117 members
Q. Do you watch the Tennis Channel?
A. Only for major tournaments: French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, and Australian Open
Q. Who is your favorite singer/musical group?
A. Reba McIntire and Cajun Music
Q. Have you participated in any CPTC –sponsored tournaments?
A. Yes, many—Was “B” doubles club champion with my partner, Charles Turner, in 1989. Through the years I participated in many USTA sponsored tournaments, both locally and in the Southern District. At one point I was ranked 13th in the State of Louisiana in the men’s 35 singles. Through the various brackets from the ages of 35’s to the 70’s my partner, Charles Turner, and I consistently ranked in the top five men’s doubles in the State and one year ranked 14th in men’s doubles in the Southern District!!!
Q. Tennis Channel has a segment called BAG CHECK, in which the player shows the contents of his/her bag. So, what is in your bag?
A. 2 tennis racquets, 2 cans of tennis balls, 1 sweat band, a CPTC membership rooster, band-aid, 20-50 cents and “Friends of the Court.”(rules of tennis).
Q. Buddy, you are the Club Secretary/Historian. Please share with us the history of our club and mention our Club Leaders.
A. Sure, I would be glad to:
Tennis has grown in City Park from a curious “attraction” in 1901 to a major enterprise. In 1922 the Park provided the public with seventeen courts- which had proven not to be sufficient for those who wanted to “play.”
The Park took an important step to booster tennis in the late twenties by encouraging the formation of the first club in 1928. Thirteen tennis enthusiasts organized the City Park Tennis Club on March 9, 1928, and elected as officers: Tennis Pro William Macassin, Frank R. Wood, Claude Viglia and Charles McCutcheon. By 1931 a charter membership of twenty-four increased to sixty.
Sometimes in the thirties the Club made an offer to the Park to guarantee the amount of $1,000.00 for the annual rental of six courts plus rental for three additional courts if the City Park Board would build more courts. The Board agreed to the offer and the nine courts were built at the cost of $9,000.00, six being assigned to the Tennis Club.
Today the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center, officially opened March 24, 2011, is the largest tennis facility in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area with a 3700 sq. ft. Club House, 16 hard courts and 10 clay courts.
Following is a list of the Past Presidents of the CPTC.
1928 Bill Macassin
1929 Frank Wood
1930 Frank Foster
NOTE: The following members served as President of the Club sometime between 1931-1945. Due to missing records it is unknown as to the exact year of their administration.
Elliot Harold, Lloyd Landry, Emile Prager, Allan Smuck, B.H. Wasson, Buddy Watts.
1946 Sterling Loubat 1979 Steve Phillpott
1947 Al Pendergrass 1980 Ed Prinz
1948 Julian Myers 1981 Walter Baum
1949 Walter Smith 1982 Al LaPointe
1950 Larry Choppin 1983 Tom Hoffa
1951 Nolan Thibodeaux 1984 John Kalbacker
1952 Bill Judice 1985 Fred Derrington
1953 Bill Macassin 1986 Monte Leath
1954 Sidney Kuhn 1987 Butler Powell
1955 Paul Gossman 1988 Stan Abele
1956 Vincent DiStefano 1989 Warren Lemonier
1957 Earl Kissinger 1990 Bob Funck
1958 Larry Fuller 1991 Frank Crothers
1959 Wilmer Rhode 1992 Amos Fogleman
1960 Francis Perret 1993 Ed Richeson
1961 Maurice Indest 1994 Stanley Gibbs
1962 Emmett Russell 1995 Terry Fuchs
1963 Joseph Korson 1996 Jim Romig
1964 Roy Bartlett 1997 Kelly Lightfoot
1965 I.M. Delgado 1998 Charles Graf
1966 W.P. Riehl 1999 Bob Duckworth
1967 Roy Lands 2000 Bernard Aranstam
1968 Joe Martin 2001 Richard Sasser
1969 Dick Rosenkranz 2002 George Gilhers
1970 Ernest Pinholster 2003 Gerald Davis
1971 Jimmy Galendez 2004 Sandy Conroy
1972 Jack Fox 2005 Henry Artigue
1973 Buddy Broussard 2006 Bob Lawyer
1974 Alan Bartlett 2007 Bill Williamson
1975 Joe Perdomo 2008 Mitch Gibbs
1976 Cliff Schmidt 2009 Wayne Wooley
1977 Charles Turner 2010 Larry Gilbert
1978 Buddy Hancock 2011 Bob Mildenberger
2012 Ernie Will
2013 Rodger Wheaton