Smiley: Saving three lives

Dave Fielding, of Kenner, hopes a certain lady reads this so she can know what a lifesaver she was:

“On Saturday, I was driving northbound on the Causeway.

“My 12-year-old’s baseball team I coach was playing a game at Harbor Field in Mandeville. With me were two of my assistant coaches.

“We were at Mile Marker 13 when a woman in a car pulled alongside me, honking her horn and yelling.

“I rolled down the window, and she screamed at me to pull over and get out — because my car was on fire.

“She stayed alongside until we pulled over around Mile Marker 15.

“We got out of the car and were about 20 yards behind the vehicle when it exploded. The car was engulfed in flames.

“We were less than a minute away from being trapped inside the burning vehicle. The fire was so hot that all the aluminum on the engine was melted.

“I just want this lady to know that, by doing this, she saved three lives. I have a daughter and two grandkids that I can still hold and love, thanks to her.

“Ma’am, I don’t know who you are, but thank you so much for saving three lives!”

How men shop

Sue Conran comments on my mention of the clothing and grooming of men in the ’70s:

“Back in this ‘ugly decade,’ my husband and a friend were having a few adult beverages at a local watering hole and decided to go shopping at a men’s store on Florida Boulevard.

“He came home with a canary yellow leisure suit with an Eisenhower jacket, a polyester shirt in an acorn print and white patent shoes.

“He was 6’1”, and when he wore it, he looked like Big Bird.

“He did not have a moustache but had collar-length hair with very long sideburns.

“Clearly he was not thinking at the time.”

‘Only two, honest!’

Doug Johnson, of Watson, says, “The recent controversy over allowing a small amount of alcohol in frozen treats brought this image to mind:

“A highway patrolman asks a driver, ‘And just how many scoops of ice cream have you had today?’ ”

Sign language

Roy Pitchford, of Monroe, says tales of “combo business signs” brings back a memory:

“Unfortunately, Bernice, Union Parish no longer has my favorite business sign — ‘Ober’s Barbecue and Radiator Repair.’

“I never had my radiator repaired there, but he made some wonderful barbecued chicken.”

Special delivery

“Our mail carrier, Anita Barnes, goes beyond the line of duty,” says Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson:

“She sent my sister and me a Mother’s Day card.

“We appreciate it.”

Inquiring Minds Dept.

Al Bethard, of Lafayette, has an “obscure TV shows” request:

“There are two shows from the 1950s that no one but me seems to remember.

“One, on Saturday afternoons, dealt with social issues in cases brought before a big-city night court judge. It may have been called ‘Night Court,’ but it bore little resemblance to the later show with that name.

“The other show was ‘The Ethel Barrymore Theater,’ which I believe was on Friday nights. It featured an outstanding drama every week, and Miss Barrymore acted in many of them. She also introduced each program and made a closing comment.”

Worthy causes

A Sips & Suds champagne and beer stroll on Thursday, May 15, benefits McMains Children’s Developmental Center. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (225) 923-3420 or visit www.mcmainscdc.org.

Special People Dept.

  • Elodie Duffy, of Whealdon Estates, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, May 11, with a party in Metairie on Saturday and lunches in Baton Rouge on Sunday and Monday.
  • Marie Jorda Jones celebrates her 90th birthday on Tuesday, May 13. A French war bride, she lived in France during the German occupation in World War II.

The death of talk

Algie Petrere says, “We were eating out one day, and there was a young man and woman at the next table; both were texting on their phones.

“I wondered if they were ‘talking’ to each other.”

Grand opening

James Culotta says our mention of the eulogies of George Jessel, “America’s Toastmaster,” reminds him of this classic line:

“George Jessel was called upon to eulogize the famous chimpanzee companion of Tarzan, Cheeta.

“At Cheeta’s funeral, Jessel began in his high-pitched, nasal voice, ‘Although not of my faith …’ ”

‘Yo, bro ...’

Joan Normand says, “I had to chuckle when I read the item about voice recognition software.

“About two years ago, I had gotten a new phone.

“I told it to call my friend Sarah Breaux.

“The phone said back to me, ‘I am sorry. I do not know Sarah’s brother.’ ”

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.