Location: Carville, LA 70721 Iberville Parish
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N 30° 11.79', W 91° 7.572'

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Carville's Patient-Published Newspaper

The Sixty-six STAR was born in 1931, with Stanley Stein as its editor. The name was selected by Carville patient and Texas pharmacist, Stanley Levyson (AKA Stanley Stein). It was first published as a mimeograph sheet dealing with hospital activities but quickly became political. Editorial policy controversies forced the newspaper to close in 1934. Stein quickly re-established his creation as The STAR magazine in 1941. By this time, the disease had rendered him sightless.Under Stein, The STAR quickly developed into a voice for Carville patient advocacy while also becoming a source of Hansen's disease medical information for leprosy field workers around the world. In many remote clinics, the medical library was comprised almost solely of issues of The STAR. I was so determined that the truth should be radiated beyond the barbed wire that I personally paid the postage to send out the first issue (circulation 300)... For nearly three years, we could not manage a professional printing job. An American Legionnaire noticed and said "Stanley, you should have this printed in magazine form, with mailing privileges." I told him he'd just expressed my life's ambition. Stanley Stein, from his autobiography, Alone No Longer, 1963The December 1943 cover of The STAR depicts the 40 & 8 as Santa Clause piloting a plane sporting the American Legion and 40 & 8 insignia on its tail. In yow, a new printing press tied up with Christmas ribbons and a parachute for delivery to "The STAR, U.S.M.H., Carville, LA" The 40 & 8 veterans' organization continues to fund printing of The STAR today. www.fortyandeight.orgThe scene captured in "Bundling The STAR" took place in a screened corridor outside of the print shop in House 15. The canvas depicts a group of patients gathered to prepare the magazine for shipping. You can see one of the nurses, a Daughter of Charity, in the background, with her coronet and white linen nursing smock over her dark blue woolen habit. The 40 & 8 generously funded restoration of the
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 680382 N 3342043
Decimal Degrees30.19650000, -91.12620000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 11.79', W 91° 7.572'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 11' 47.4" N, 91° 7' 34.32" W
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Area Code(s)225
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5445 Point Clair Rd, Carville LA 70721, US
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