Sidewalk Astronomer John Brown

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The music you just heard was Pud Brown, the great New Orleans saxophone and clarinet player. Pud played with everyone, from Louis Armstrong and Lawrence Welk to Ella Fitzgerald. He passed away on May 27th of 1996, but today his son, John Brown, is keeping his father's memory alive.

On any given night, you can find John performing on the streets of New Orleans. But you will not find John Brown playing a saxophone. You will find him gazing at the stars with his telescope on the sidewalk next to Café DuMonde.

John Brown is not the first sidewalk astronomer in New Orleans. The city has a long history of stargazers. The city was also home to one of the country's first observatories.

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