Another New Orleans icon, Frank Trapani, the Frankie & Johnny’s Furniture Store proprietor who co-starred in the store’s memorable TV spots of years past featuring himself and the store’s “Special Man,” died Thursday. He was 83. The legendary commercials, which ceased years ago, were immortalized via Youtube and their discovery by Conan O'Brien. And, as reported by Claire Tancons in eflux # 30, an Occupy Frankie and Johnny’s movement was launched on October 21, 2011, when the St. Claude Avenue institution became the proposed site of a new CVS drugstore. The protest featured costumed artists and anarchist as anti-CVS placards appeared everywhere. Frankie and Johnny's survived.
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