“Some things just make you feel good,” says Virginia Beridon.
She tells of attending a wedding re-enactment on the 50th anniversary of her big brother Mike Clark and his wife, Dottie.
It was in Guatemala, and the wedding party “was comprised of the first children Mike and Dottie took in when they opened their orphanage there in 1989.
“The junior bridesmaid, flower girl and ring bearer were children of children that Mike and Dottie raised, provided an education for — and were married by Mike.
“Mike and Dottie were in college when they got married in 1963, and had a very small wedding at her home officiated by her father, a minister.
“Dottie looked beautiful, but did not wear a long white wedding dress then. She made up for it this go-round, and looked wonderful.
“The highlight of the wedding attended by 650 children, friends, former children of the orphanage and their families was Mike singing a special song to Dottie.
“As Mike and Dottie drove away for their honeymoon in a 1946 Kaiser automobile with a giant golden bow on the hood, I couldn’t help but feel blessed to see a couple celebrate this milestone surrounded by so many children and adults who lovingly call them ‘Papi’ and ‘Mami.’ ”
That ’57 meteor
Thanks to colleague Ken Duhe for confirming the story about the meteor seen in south Louisiana in 1957.
The March 16 Morning Advocate told the story on the front page, under the headline “Night Sky Riven by Fiery Flashes Likely From Falling Meteor.”
The story said the meteor “showered fiery but rapidly disintegrating fragments from one end of Louisiana to another” before plummeting into the Gulf near Marsh Island.
State troopers Norris Deville and H.P. Adams saw the light over Erwinville while patrolling U.S. 190, and said they thought it was two planes colliding.
There were reports of the meteor being seen as far north as Missouri.
Despite all the drama, the Morning Advocate reported that “there were no reports of property damage or injury.”
Ray Schell, of Prairieville, says, “In the Wednesday Advocate the title of an article is ‘St. James council weighs land purchase.’
“Nowhere in the article does it say what 236 acres of land weighs.”
Puerto Rico North
That may soon be what people are calling Acadiana.
After I mention Thibodaux’s new Rougaroux Rum, I heard from Lee Anne Garner about Bayou Rum, a sugar cane rum produced by Louisiana Spirits:
“Expect to see Bayou Rum on store shelves, at restaurants and favorite watering holes by early June.
“Folks traveling I-10 between Lafayette and Lake Charles can drop in at the distillery for a free tour and taste! It’s located just off the interstate in Lacassine.
“Guests can also discover our state’s history of producing sugar cane rum at the visitor center.
“By the way, our state is the second largest producer of sugar cane in the country, and very little rum is produced domestically. This will change!”
Rob Payer says Baton Rouge Magnet High School’s radio training program holds its spring fundraising campaign Saturday through March 3:
“Our goal is $75,000, which will cover our operating budget, get us moved back to Government Street, purchase new studio equipment and (you’ll be happy to hear) eventually get KBRH back to playing the BLUES!”
He refers to KBRH, 1260 AM, which for years has been Baton Rouge’s source for blues and R&B (and my station of choice on the car radio).
The other station, WBRH, 90.3 FM, plays jazz every day but Saturday, when it joins with KBRH to provide an assortment of music, from R&B to Cajun.
Tune in to see how you can help the kids learn the radio business — and continue to provide cool sounds to the listeners.
Special People Dept.
- Claudia Muse Smith, formerly of DeRidder, now in New Roads, celebrates her 91st birthday Friday.
- Kathleen Thompson Flash celebrates her 90th birthday Friday.
- Laverne Ficklin Whithead, of Denham Springs, celebrates her 90th birthday Friday.
- Rooney “Gab” Davis, of Denham Springs, celebrates his 90th birthday Sunday.
- C.B. and Onzel Wheat celebrate their 70th anniversary Saturday. He’s a former Live Oak High School coach. The school’s new gym was recently named the C.B. Wheat Gymnasium in his honor.
- On Sunday J.C. and Marie Francois Cormier celebrate 68 years of marriage.
Thought for the Day
From Harry Clark, of Lafayette: “You do not need a parachute to sky-dive. You only need a parachute to sky-dive twice.”
Terri Karam Willett says she received this e-mail gag, “purportedly said by a priest!”
Q: “What will we call the pope after his retirement?”
A: “Ex Benedict!”
She adds, “Haw-haw-haw!”
I don’t know, Terri — I think I’d give it one “Haw!”
Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.