Smiley: Dietzel’s gift

By smiley anders

Reading about the death of Paul Dietzel unleashed a torrent of memories of my days as an LSU student when he arrived to coach the Tigers:

Where once students had a take-it-or-leave-it attitude about football, now to miss a game was unthinkable.

As a student, I was hired as a spotter for Movietone News for a game. (Some of you may recall movie newsreels. …)

There was anguish and anger among fans when Paul left LSU for Army, but he later returned to Baton Rouge to be forgiven and even loved. He could have lived anywhere in the country, but he chose our town.

Those of us who lived through Paul Dietzel’s glory days at LSU will never forget the excitement of that championship season and the pride in the achievement by our fellow students.

It was his gift to us, and we continue to cherish it. …

What’ll ya have?

Elizabeth Miner says, “My husband and I have a mini-fridge in the kitchen for our adult beverages.

“Last night, we were occupied in the house while our almost-4-year-old was playing when we heard him call out ‘Does anybody want a beer?’

“When he’s in college, he is going to be everyone’s best bud. But in the meantime, I’m locking that fridge.”

(Tell me, Elizabeth: Is “best bud” a pun?)

Ancient marketing

Dudley Lehew, of Denham Springs, adds to our list of memorable commercials with one that aired on Baton Rouge TV stations:

“My late brother-in-law Lloyd McLeod, of ‘Purple Building on the Airline’ notoriety, once aired a commercial shot from the ground of him standing atop his building holding a (now extinct) roof-mounted TV antenna.

“He was featuring a sale on the big antennas, and his closing line was, ‘And with this antenna, you can pick up New Orleans TV stations and not have to see me!’”

Circular reasoning

Our seminar on traffic circles gets more comments:

“We all know that the English drive on the wrong side of the road — any chance these roundabouts will go the wrong way around?”

He had to hitchhike back home occasionally, and was not a fan of the traffic circle at Florida and Airline when he was trying to catch an eastbound ride:

“I had to either walk a long way on Florida past the circle before catching a ride, or catch a ride at the circle and see which way the driver was headed, hopefully east.”

Nostalgia Corner

Ward Oliver recalls school days in the late ’30s and early ’40s, when Coca Cola passed out blotters, rulers and pencils.

He sent over a photo of him, circa 1939, “with my well-chewed Coca Cola pencil in my pocket in Mrs. Taylor’s classroom in the two-room school in Stapleton, Ala.”

The pencil he mentioned is sticking out of the top pocket of the bib overalls worn by a grinning young Ward.

He has the look of a future ag major, but he wound up with a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Special People Dept.

She is a member of Greater Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Scotlandville.

Weighty topic

Harriet St.Amant says, “In light of the interest expressed by the White House in childhood obesity, which can lead to adult obesity, I thought this little tidbit was timely:

“The government will be requiring new food labels that are more specific. Products will now be labeled ‘No fat,’ ‘Low fat,’ ‘Reduced fat’ and ‘Fat … but a great personality.’ ”

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