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Smiley: Armed and ready

Dear Smiley: I don’t know just when electric automobile turn signals were invented (of course, half the world still refuses to use them!). But when I was a child, my mom used left arm signals, which meant the driver’s window had to be open in all kinds of weather. For a left turn,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Power of Cajun radio

Richard Fossey, who teaches at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, says, “While we are on the topic of sportscasters and radio personalities, I would like to say how much I enjoy the DJs on KBON, Acadiana’s Cajun radio station. “I was listening to KBON one day during the listeners’ request hour, and I heard… Continue reading →

Smiley: Saints’ divine moment

Patricia Alba, of Metairie, continues our discussion of sports announcers: “My favorite radio announcer is WWL’s Jim Henderson. “On one occasion in the ’90s when the Saints were trailing during the final moments they suddenly rallied with a spectacular play and won the game. “Jim, overcome with emotion, shouted, ‘There IS a God!’”… Continue reading →

Smiley: Hamster hunting

Fay Weilbaecher, of Covington, says, “Many years ago, when our family moved to a new house in River Ridge, our hamster got loose and decided to go and live in our wall. “After trying everything we could, and not getting much sleep with him running through the walls all night, my husband came up with an idea… Continue reading →

Smiley: Get smart, Louisiana

Paul Major says, “Perhaps, after the senatorial candidates’ lack of adherence to the time limits in last week’s televised debate, we should break out Maxwell Smart’s ‘Cone of Silence.’ “Watching a candidate’s lips move without hearing anything could maybe provide at least as much information as having the sound on.”… Continue reading →

Smiley: Welcome to the Hot L

Janet Schilling says our mention of Hotel Dieu hospital “jogged her brain:” “I moved to New Orleans in the ’70s to work at Hotel Dieu and later attend nursing school. “I did not know much of New Orleans at that time except from trips as a child, mostly to the zoo.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Flight with a hero

Dear Smiley: Reading in The Advocate about Murphy Neal Jones speaking at a Shriners’ banquet brought back memories of an incident shortly after he was freed from a Vietnamese prison in 1973. Neal, with his elementary school-aged son, came out to the old Downtown Airport hoping to go for a flight with his former instructor,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Visit to a strange land

Perry Anderson Snyder says, “Fall break found grandson Anderson in the surf at Orange Beach, Alabama. “He and his parents had a grand time, despite being surrounded by Alabama and Auburn faithful. “At the end of four days, the 5-year-old had had enough of the often loud Tide and War Eagle fans. “‘Dad,’ he said to our son-in-law,… Continue reading →

Smiley: “And cowbells shall ring”

Robbie Harrison, of Watson, says, “I am not a theologian, but I do believe that Mississippi State being ranked No. 1 in the college football polls may fulfill this prophecy, in Luke 21-25: “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Hooked on a feeling

Tom Toddy’s story illustrates the benefits of being old enough to have no particular place to go in the morning: “My grandfather and grandmother had four children. My grandfather instructed any family member arising early in the morning to stop by his room and wake him up. “He said he loved the feeling of falling back to… Continue reading →

Smiley: Concise wine list

Our nostalgia item about the wine service at Baton Rouge’s late lamented Cotton Club (“You want the red chardonnay or the white chardonnay?”) brought this response from Tony Falterman, of Napoleonville: “The article on the wine list reminds me of the very funny and successful John Politz of Politz’s Restaurants in Thibodaux… Continue reading →

Smiley: New revenue source

Francis Celino, “The Metairie Miscreant,” is disturbed about an item in the Thursday column. A nostalgic reader, after sharing tales of old Baton Rouge, told me, “I have taxed my memory enough for today.” Francis says, “Please, Smiley, don’t give those at the state buildings any ideas for more… Continue reading →

Smiley: No time to retire

Dear Smiley: Reading your mention of a former “Rosie the Riveter,” Bernice Bellum Lammert, who still works as she celebrates her 90th birthday, made me remember what special people the Greatest Generation produced. My own mother retired earlier this year at the relatively young age of 87. But many of my fellow boomers… Continue reading →

Smiley: Rolling in dough

Jerry Clower, the Mississippi comedian, had a bit about canned biscuits, saying that the popping of the cans in the morning made his neighborhood sound like a war zone. Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson, offers a canned biscuit tale: “Anna Lou Haynes Thompson, of Norwood, tells the story of… Continue reading →

Smiley: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Stone Energy is responsible for several improvement projects that have taken place at several local schools, such as the addition of a fence around the front lawn of Lafayette Middle School.

With LSU footballers facing what would seem to be an, uh, character-building year, readers are harking back to better days for the Tigers: Ronnie Melancon, of Gretna, comments on Roy Pitchford’s mention of LSU’s two 62-0 football victories over Tulane: “The 62-0 margin of victory against the Green Wave happened THREE times. “Andy Pilney, Tulane’s… Continue reading →

Smiley: Stick with steaks

Don’t think I’m picking on Oklahoma cooking — when I visited there, I discovered a great chicken-fried steak with white gravy in Durant. But some readers have had less happy experiences with crawfish in that state: Richard Fossey says, “My friend Robert White, who lives in Winnsboro, told me this story about a… Continue reading →

Smiley: Button, button…

Those of us who remember things like typewriters, film cameras and black-and-white TVs are often called on to explain them to the young. For instance, “Granny Julie” tells this story: “The other day I was looking for something I needed, but of course it was not where I thought I had put… Continue reading →

Smiley: An Oklahoma snack

Dear Smiley: As a born and raised Okie, I enjoyed reading “Discovering the joys of ‘crawl fish.’ ” The crawfish phenomenon does seem to be spreading that way faster than ever. Finally they might have some nice, spicy food for those who seek to be more adventurous than the state’s official meal — yes,… Continue reading →

Smiley: A “Fear the Hat” tale

Jim Douglas tells an LSU “hat story” from years ago that doesn’t involve Coach Miles and his white lid: “My friend was walking down the main drag in Grand Isle when a car came darting by and almost hit him. “He screamed ‘You dirty rat!’ — or some other appropriate words.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Going hawk wild

I don’t want to be an alarmist, but HUGE RAPTORS ARE SWOOPING DOWN FROM THE SKIES TO ATTACK HELPLESS HUMANS! After I mentioned a lady who survived two owl attacks, Rob Carpenter told a chilling tale of hawk invasion. He had left the back door open in his LSU-area home for his two… Continue reading →

Smiley: Practicing diplomacy

Patrick Howard, of Zachary, says our recent story about an “all you can eat” crab restaurant “reminds me of the time I went to Shoney’s on Airline (a few years ago). “I was enjoying their ‘all you can eat’ fish so much that on about the fourth or fifth trip to my table, the… Continue reading →

Smiley: Hymn to King Davy

Theresa Hay adds to our list of church stories: “When I was about 4 years old (more than 58 years ago!), I attended a service in a north Baton Rouge church with my mother. “When everyone rose to sing a hymn, I proudly stood on the pew next to my mother and sang as loud as I… Continue reading →

Smiley: A ride to remember

Jim Douglas says this happened to “someone I know:” “This ‘someone’ pulled into a parking lot, got her ticket and went about her business. “Several hours later, she presented the ticket to the parking lot attendant, who brought around a car. “She drove home and went to bed.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Speaking Orleanian

Dear Smiley: Long ago, at my first day of work at my father’s office in the French Quarter, the girls in the office said, “OK, friend, let’s go over to Poydras Street and get a poor boy at Mother’s.” I asked, “Where’s that, what’s that and who’s that?” G.M. BEAUFORDContinue reading →

Smiley: Laughing in church

After I mentioned church jokes, I heard from readers with their favorite tales. Mary Ann Aucoin, of New Orleans, says, “At Mass one Sunday the priest told this story during his sermon: “He was teaching a second grade communion class about the Mass. “After going over… Continue reading →

Smiley: Killing time

When I went outside Tuesday morning to get the paper and let the cat either in or out — or possibly both — I noticed a hint of coolness in the air. It reminded me of my favorite “Only in Louisiana” story, one I repeat every fall. I was walking into the downtown Baton… Continue reading →

Smiley: Discovering “crawl fish”

“I grew up in Oklahoma, where the food is plain and dancing is frowned upon,” says Richard Fossey. “So I am grateful to be living in south Louisiana, where the food is good and it is OK to dance a Cajun two-step. “But things are changing in Oklahoma. “My friends Jim and… Continue reading →

Smiley: Up, up and away

Tom Hertwig, of Gonzales, says an article on the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival (Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28) in the Ascension section of The Advocate reminds him of the time he and his wife celebrated an anniversary by “ascending over Ascension with Robert Ambeau. Very uplifting experience.” Reminds me of the time our… Continue reading →

Smiley: Reading us religiously

I was honored, and surprised, to see three items from past columns reprinted in the September-October issue of “The Joyful Noiseletter,” a lively little publication of religious jokes whose “modest aim is to recapture the spirit of joy, humor, unity and healing power of the early Christians.” It’s published in Portage, Michigan, and… Continue reading →

Smiley: Story of Typewriter Bend

Dear Smiley: Back in the mid-1960s, I was an aspiring sportswriter for the New Orleans States-Item. One Saturday, I was riding up to Baton Rouge to help cover an LSU football game with Peter Finney — the States-Item’s lead sports columnist — and Buddy Diliberto, at that time one the top sportswriters for The… Continue reading →

Smiley: Crawfish come first

After Val Garon told of an accident at a crawfish boil, where the main concern was to avoid bleeding on the mudbugs, Val heard from next-door neighbor Patricia Ponthier: “You’re right. Only in Louisiana would they be more worried about the crawfish than your head! “Years ago we were boiling crawfish at my sister’s house… Continue reading →

Smiley: A crabby Marylander

Here’s a “Louisiana proud” tale from Glenn Jones: “Several years ago, my wife and I visited my sister-in-law and her husband in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay. “One day we visited the Naval Academy and surrounding areas, and decided to have lunch at one of the local… Continue reading →

Smiley: A hypnotic tale

Val Garon milks this story for all it’s worth: “Around 1938 at St. James High School, a magician, Willard the Wizard, gave a performance attended by my eldest brother, Allen. “Allen was greatly impressed by the hypnotism that Willard performed. “Since we lived in the country, Mom had a milk cow called Beauty.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Great start, bad finish

Marsha Reichle tells a tale of golf and mixed emotions: “When I was 12 my father worked in Central America for Standard Fruit, the Vaccaro’s New Orleans banana company. “The company wives had lots of leisure time to fill, so they took up golf to balance days spent playing canasta. “My mother insisted I fill out her foursome,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Protect the crawfish!

A classic “only in Louisiana” story: Val Garon tells of visiting a classmate from Ascension Catholic High at the Veterans Affairs home in Reserve. He was with two other classmates, and in putting the veteran and his wheelchair in his friend Mike’s SUV to go to lunch, Val hit his head… Continue reading →

Smiley: Southern blessing

Dear Smiley: Here in the South, we are fortunate to have the useful phrase, “Bless her heart,” which excuses anything impolite, evil or malicious that comes just before or after it. In this new age of technology, I think I have discovered the written equivalent: “LOL.” For example, we can express… Continue reading →

Smiley: Mexican friendship

I recently learned about the death of Tom Boyd from his brother Alan, and the sad news brought back memories. Tom, my classmate at LSU Journalism School, had been living in Mexico for many years. He was one of the funniest guys I ever knew, and a truly masterful storyteller. As I told Alan,… Continue reading →

Smiley: Sadness and unity

A few days after Sept. 11, 2001, I returned from a family funeral in Minnesota and wrote my feelings about the trip. We had to drive there and back — in the days after 9/11, flying was not an option. In the item, titled “Signs of solidarity,” I told of seeing “hundreds of signs… Continue reading →

Smiley: Addictive po-boys

William E. Kavanaugh, of Jefferson, discusses a New Orleans delicacy: “The letter about ‘poor boys’ brought a memory to my mind. “In 1968, I first met my future wife. On our second date, we had gone bowling with some friends of mine. After we finished, we decided to have a bite and root beer… Continue reading →

Smiley: A journalist’s dream

Dear Smiley: Seeing “manual typewriter” and “stop the presses” in the same column item reminded me of an event back in the early 1970s when I was news and sports editor of the Greater Plaquemine Post. The weekly paper’s press run started about 7 p.m. on Wednesday, but one week, an unexpected grand jury… Continue reading →

Smiley: As the stomach churns

A slew of readers (a slew is more than a bunch) have commented on the heart-stopping finish of the recent athletic contest in Houston involving Tigers and Badgers. For instance, Robby Zeringue says, “During the fourth quarter of the LSU-Wisconsin game, I was expecting to see a commercial break touting Rolaids as the ‘Official Antacid of the… Continue reading →

Smiley: The bird birdie

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Golfers, like fishermen, are known more for the stories they tell than for their skill at their respective pastimes. For instance, Ernie Gremillion offers this golfing tale: “Seeing Charles Zachariah’s story about ‘the fly and the birdie,’ where a golf ball hung over the hole when a fly landed on it and caused it to… Continue reading →