Smiley: That’s show biz

There will be a lot of memories of the late Anne Price dredged up the next few days, so I’ll add mine to the mix.

The thing I remember most fondly about the great Advocate writer was her capacity for fun, especially in the Gridiron Show, the Capitol Correspondents’ long-running roast of Louisiana politicians. (Which comes up March 28-29, by the way.)

When her husband, Ed Price, managing editor of the Morning Advocate, recruited me to cover business news back in 1973, he told me one of my first duties would be helping write songs for Gridiron.

Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” had just come out, and it seemed perfect for Gov. Edwin Edwards.

So we came up with a version — “You’re so vain, you probably think this show is about you …” — that Anne liked, although no one else associated with the show had ever heard of either the song or Ms. Simon.

Anne fought to put it in the show, and the audience loved it. Gov. Edwards even seemed pleased by it.

Over the years, Anne put her considerable talents to work on the show, even directing it for several years.

She and Ed always got a great kick out of lampooning the political figures they covered, especially those with an unseemly regard for themselves.

Even when failing health kept her from performing in the show, she took part in singing the opening and closing numbers with the cast.

The show must go on, but this year’s Gridiron Show will be missing a great lady who was its heart and soul for many, many years. …

Dangerous sportsmanship

Back in November, Keith Horcasitas planned a March visit to his friend Marshall, a high school classmate in New Orleans who lives in the Seattle area (actually Victoria, British Columbia).

The trip was planned before the Seattle Seahawks dismantled Keith’s beloved New Orleans Saints on two occasions.

As a gesture of good sportsmanship, to show that Saints fans respect their opponents even in losses, Keith had a T-shirt made up for Marshall (still a Saints fan despite his new home) with the words “Who Dat? say dey gonna beat dem Seahawks? Who Dat?!” This is followed by “Oh well, not my Saints. …”

I was honored when Keith presented me with one of the shirts, but I’m in a quandary over where to wear it.

While it might go over in Seattle, to show there are no hard feelings about the Saints’ two losses, I’m not sure any Saints fans I know are as forgiving as Keith. As a matter of fact, they pretty much hate the Seahawks and might take offense at the message.

I would wear it to bed, but if Lady Katherine happens to wear her Robert Meacham jersey that same night, I can foresee a difficult situation developing. …

Lenten largesse

It’s often been pointed out that in south Louisiana it’s difficult to regard Lent as a time of self-denial, given the variety of our seafood and our cooks’ skill in preparing it.

For example, St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Baton Rouge offers gumbo every Friday in Lent (take-out from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., dine-in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Call (225) 387-5141.

And St. Augustine Catholic Church in New Roads sells fried fish lunches every Friday in Lent from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (225) 638-4076 or (225) 638-7553.

Worthy causes

The women’s facility expansion project at the New Orleans Mission benefits from the Big Easy Big Heart 5-K Run on Sunday, March 9, from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

Registration is at 7 a.m., with the race at 8 a.m. — followed, of course, by a party. Register at www.BigEasyBig

Special People Dept.

Chuck Meole, 12-time World Masters Champion weightlifter who became a world-class ballroom dancer in his 90s, celebrates his 99th birthday on Sunday, March 9.

Celestine Marshall, of Norwood, celebrates her 94th birthday on Sunday, March 9.

Ray A. Louviere Sr., of Jeanerette, celebrates his 91st birthday on Sunday, March 9. He is a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific theater.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary on Friday, March 7, are Ray and Lou Young.

Hedging their bets

One more story about the European practice of lovers putting a lock on a bridge and throwing away the key to symbolize eternal devotion.

Pat Ammon, of Metairie, tells of a 2012 riverboat trip from Prague to Paris with her daughter and granddaughter.

They saw locks on bridges in Nuremberg, Heidelberg and Paris:

“In Paris, our guide suggested that ‘smart’ couples keep the extra key — just in case.”

Quick thinking

Judy B. adds to our collection of great church stories:

“I read this in Readers Digest years ago. The busy mother of four small kids got to Mass and realized she was still wearing her fuzzy house slippers.

“She thought fast. When she went up for communion she walked with a limp.”

Write Smiley at He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.