John Blancher to speak Wednesday at Life Resources Bottom Line Luncheon

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John Blancher

Born in the New Orleans area, it has been, in the words of a great popular movie at this time of the year, a wonderful life for John Blancher.

A native of the New Orleans area, Blancher attended St. Louis King of France and Archbishop Rummel High School and was a baseball player. He attended Loyola and Northwestern State.

In 1988, Blancher was meandering in the business world in education and selling insurance but he was still searching for fulfillment.

A deeply religious man, Blancher went on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje and prayed for divine guidance and inspiration.

Despite not being a bowler, Blancher decided to make a bold move and purchased venerable, aging Mid-City Lanes on Carrollton Avenue and Tulane Avenue.

After initially trying to make it in the bowling business, Blancher, realizing that was not going to work with so many more modern bowling centers to compete with, opted to create an entertainment venue to go with bowling.

Rock’n’Bowl was born.

Three decades later, the iconic institution survived Hurricane Katrina, survived relocating further down Carrollton Avenue to the corner of Earhart Blvd. and has thrived, even opening another location in Lafayette.

Blancher also bought the iconic Ye Olde College Inn in 2003. A New Orleans institution, College Inn remains a can’t miss visit for dinner 85 years after if first opened.

In 2016, Blancher had a difficult year, undergoing triple heart bypass surgery. Blancher went through the procedure and recovery period, publicly stating that he accepted it as the Lord’s purpose for everything.

Blancher and his wife, Deborah, have been married for over 42 years and have two children (John, Eve) and several grandchildren.

Come hear an inspiring message of hope and perseverance from John Blancher at the weekly Life Resources Bottom Line Luncheon this Wednesday, Dec. 19 at noon at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 2222 Clearview Parkway in Metairie. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Ken Trahan at (504) 471-2192 or Barry Haindel at (504) 450-8198.

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Ken Trahan


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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