Smiley: Tooth Fairy memories

Gordon Greenwood, of Slidell, says our Tooth Fairy stories “made me realize just how much inflation has struck the Tooth Fairy.

“When I was losing my teeth many years ago, the going rate was 5 cents. Then when my first son was of tooth-losing age, the rate was a dollar.

“When he lost his first tooth, my wife and I had gone out for the evening. When we got home, the sitter informed us that she had put the tooth in a ‘Tooth Fairy pillow’ and placed it in his bed.

“We searched high and low but couldn’t find a dollar — we had spent all our money on dinner and the sitter.

“The best we could come up with was 10 cents.

“In the morning, he came downstairs beaming from ear to ear, proudly showing his mother the dime the Tooth Fairy had left.

“A few days later, when he lost his second tooth, we were prepared and left a dollar.

“The next morning the reaction was the same — a dime or a dollar, as far as he was concerned, it didn’t matter.

“A couple of days later, he was showing a friend his money and then pointing out which was the ‘dime gap’ and which was the ‘dollar gap.’

“My wife has now passed away. A couple of months ago, while going through some things in her dresser drawer, I found a little box where she had put all the baby teeth.

“Now, instead of a dollar apiece, they are PRICELESS.”

Discovering pizza

Terry Maderson adds to our “Early Pizza” file:

“While attending LSU in the spring semester of 1953, a friend of ours asked us if we would like to go with him to get a ‘pizza pie.’ (I remember that was how pizza was referred to back then.)

“After checking to see if each of us had a quarter or so, Charlie, Gerald and I said yes and got into our friend’s old blue Chevrolet.

“To the best of my memory, I believe we were on Scenic Highway, getting off around Choctaw or Mohican.

“If someone could have seen the shock on our faces when we learned ‘pizza pie’ was not a piece of apple or peach pie. That was what we thought we were going to eat. This was our first experience eating pizza but surely not the last.

“Soon afterward, another friend told us of a pizza place in New Orleans, our hometown. It was on St. Charles Avenue near Lafayette Square.

“I remember it was called Domino’s but not the present chain. Do any of your readers remember that Domino’s?”

Sign of spring

The annual Spring Plant Sale of the Zachary High Agriscience Department and FFA runs from Tuesday, April 1, to Saturday, April 5, at the school greenhouse. Contact teacher Kathy Conerly at (225) 658-7326 or

Looking for people

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra seeks nominations for its Teacher of the Year awards — general music teacher, music ensemble teacher and regular classroom teacher.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 4. Visit or contact Jessica Ottaviano at

Looking for stuff

Joel d’Aquin Thibodeaux is looking for Istrouma High yearbooks from 1935, 1936 or 1937.

Her mom, Doris Strickland, graduated from Istrouma in 1937.

Call (225) 275-7037.

In health news …

Algie Petrere says, “These home remedies were sent to me by my friend Dick Bartol.

“I think he may be on to something:

“ ‘For better digestion, I drink beer; in the case of appetite loss, I drink white wine; in the case of low blood pressure, I drink red wine; in the case of high blood pressure, I drink scotch; and when I have a cold, I drink schnapps.’

“ ‘When do you drink water?’

“ ‘I’ve never been that sick!’ ”

Speaking Catholic

Clyde Myers came across a “Catholic Vocabulary Test” that, from my church experience, applies equally well to Episcopalians:

Here are a few items from it:

AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.

CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the parish to lip-sync.

HYMN: A song of praise usually sung in a key three octaves higher than that of the congregation’s range.

INCENSE: Holy smoke!

JESUITS: An order of priests known for their ability to find colleges with good basketball teams.

PEW: A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.

RECESSIONAL: The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of Mass, led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd to the parking lot.

USHERS: The only people in the parish who don’t know the seating capacity of a pew.

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