Smiley: Weird Names Dept.

Our seminar on unusual business names and slogans is merrily rolling along, getting weirder by the day:

“Old Metry Girl” says, “An East Jefferson High School graduate has a company that puts up storm shutters and such. Name of his company? ‘SHUTTER UP.’

“And a local company selling counter tops has a logo on their trucks saying ‘Taking Formica For Granite.’ ”

Annette Daughdrill tells of a florist shop outside Mobile, Ala., called “The Petal Pusher.”

She adds, “The younger generation won’t understand why this was cute, but those of us who used to wear pedal-pusher pants will.”

L.P. Miller says he once saw this on the rear of the van of a company that made and installed window blinds:

“This truck is being driven by a blind man.”

Paul Schexnayder, of Lutcher, knows of a sports bar on U.S. 90 in Bay St. Louis, Miss., named “Third Base.” Under the name it says “The last stop before home.”

This is similar to bars in several places called “The Office” — as in “I’ll be staying late at The Office tonight, dear…”

Marsha Reichle likes the “He Ain’t Here” Lounge in Alexandria. “Shades of ‘Duffy’s Tavern,’ ” she says, referencing a great old radio show.

And Thomas Mixson tells of two memorable business names: Boxwell Bros. Mortuary in Amarillo, Texas and Goodbody Mortuary in San Diego, Calif.

Baby showered

Gayle Boudreaux, of Denham Springs, says, “Linda Irwin’s inquiry about locals who were once ‘Baby of the Week’ prompted my mother to search for mementos from 1952, when I was the lucky child chosen.

“Not only does she still have the framed portrait by Jan’s Photography, she also unearthed two 78 rpm recordings of WLCS Radio’s “Shower of Gifts” — which was in no way an exaggeration!

“Local businesses generously donated an abundance of prizes for my parents and myself, which must have been thrilling for our young family.

“In fact, I still have a tiny gold baby ring from Esnard Jewelers, as well as a sturdy little oak rocker, donated by Kornmeyer’s, which the radio host predicted would ‘probably last a few years…’

“Little did he know how right he was…”

Inquiring Minds Dept.

A reader says, “I have quite a few magazines — recent issues of Good Housekeeping, Southern Living, Men’s Health.

Is there some place that would be glad to get them?”

Howard Franques, of Lafayette, asks if anyone remembers the instrumental song TV anchor Brooks Read played before the Saturday movie matinee he hosted on WBRZ in the 1960s and ’70s:

“The melody of the song lingers on, but the title has vanished. HELP!”

Special People Dept.

Gertie Landry, of White Castle, celebrates her 103rd birthday Sunday.

Bob Couhig celebrates his 97th birthday Friday.

Millie Broussard (Mrs. Don Louis Broussard), of Lafayette, celebrates her 94th birthday Saturday.

Vivian Jacob, formerly of Norco and now at Ascension Oaks in Gonzales, celebrated her 93rd birthday Thursday.

Baton Rouge radio icon Lew Carter celebrates his 90th birthday Saturday with a family reception. You can send him messages of congratulation at

Helen Boudreaux, of Convent, celebrates her 90th birthday Saturday.

Herbert Hanna, of Pride, celebrates his 90th birthday Sunday.

Jimmy and Jewell Varnado celebrate 68 years of marriage Friday by “dining out at Sam’s Club on a foot-long hot dog. We’re still the last of the big spenders.”

Rufus and Violet Reynolds Price celebrate 66 years of marriage Friday. He’s a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Gene and Betty Cobb, of Harahan, celebrate their 61st anniversary Sunday.

Dean and Willie Freneaux celebrate their 56th anniversary Saturday.

Adrian and Elvire Cordes, of Whealdon Estates, celebrate their 56th anniversary Saturday. They lived in New Orleans for many years.

Chet and Julie Siemion, of Denham Springs, celebrate 50 years of marriage Saturday.

A nutty gag

“My family is noted for practical jokes,” says Morris Kansas, and gives this example:

“We remember John G. Cline (our father of two, stepdad of three) for, among other things, his fondness of a pecan tree that just decided to grow in the side yard.

“The pecans were tasty but very small; thus he had to endure numerous jokes.

“Then one fall day some nice large pecans appeared under the tree. He was confused.

“He didn’t buy the suggestion that the neighborhood squirrels were bringing them into the yard, did not buy the idea that maybe the large pecans were from the top of the tree.

“Spies spotted him on a ladder with a broom, swinging away to reach those big pecans at the top.

“A few days later walnuts appeared under the tree. Game over…”

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