La. Traveler - Johnny Suydam's museum - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

La. Traveler - Johnny Suydam's museum

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Palermo in court fighting criminal charges & seizures

    Palermo in court fighting criminal charges & seizures

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:17:11 GMT
    There's a hotly contested court battle underway between Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo and the state. And it now, partly deals with an investigation that has yet to result in criminal charges.Palermo was due on court motions fighting pending criminal charges against him, including forgery and possession of stolen things. But first off the defense filed a motion asking to secure and examine items seized yesterday, including Palermo's computer. Palermo attorney Karl says the seizure of compute...More >>
    There's a hotly contested court battle underway between Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo and the state. And it now, partly deals with an investigation that has yet to result in criminal charges.Palermo was due on court motions fighting pending criminal charges against him, including forgery and possession of stolen things. But first off the defense filed a motion asking to secure and examine items seized yesterday, including Palermo's computer. Palermo attorney Karl says the seizure of compute...More >>
  • Flushable wipes causing havoc for sewer systems in Lake Charles

    Flushable wipes causing havoc for sewer systems in Lake Charles

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:49:13 GMT
    What we flush matters. The infrastructure in Lake Charles goes back 50 years in many places. Wastewater administrators said an old system was not built for many items we flush today, like flushable wipes.More >>
    What we flush matters. The infrastructure in Lake Charles goes back 50 years in many places. Wastewater administrators said an old system was not built for many items we flush today, like flushable wipes.
    More >>
  • Allen Parish 911 system operating following lightning strike

    Allen Parish 911 system operating following lightning strike

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:34:13 GMT
    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office communication system took a lightning strike on Thursday afternoon leading to a loss of phone communications, according to Chief Deputy Ricky Johnson.More >>
    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office communication system took a lightning strike on Thursday afternoon leading to a loss of phone communications, according to Chief Deputy Ricky Johnson.More >>

I've had a few friends tell me I really needed to check out the collection of former McNeese coach, player and Burton Coliseum director Johnny Suydam. It's hard to call his home anything but a museum of Cowboys and McNeese.  One thing that really catches your eye when you walk into Johnny's house is his collection of championship rings.

"First of all the rings would be the thing that would jump at you when you walk in here. The rings. In fact, I have a couple more on them here," said Suydam. "Of course, the Independence Bowl things."

Suydam is quick to point out this 28 hundred dollar handmade Stetson, hanging on the wall, given to him by the late Bill Lawton.

"He and I got pretty close when I was managing Burton Coliseum. It's his family who had the Burton Coliseum. He had 4 or 5 of these made and he gave me one. He had it specifically made for this man right here, President Ronald Reagan. And I thought this was special that I got one of these."

Johnny's grandfather, Ben Collins, started the city's first baseball team and died a hero, fighting a major fire in Lake Charles.

"Right in the middle of what they called the million dollar fire, because it destroyed so much of downtown Lake Charles. He was fighting the fire and a wall collapsed on top of him and killed him in that fire."

Suydam says his museum isn't open to the public... only for his friends...and now you. You can hear Suydam on the radio this fall doing the color commentary on McNeese football games.

Copyright 2014 KPLC All rights reserved
Powered by WorldNow