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Smiley: Emergency rescue

Dear Smiley: I’d like to relate my story to you about church keys/bottle openers. Some time in the 1950s, my wife Sybil and I were in a slow-moving line of traffic on the River Road, having made our way from Bunkie to Baton Rouge en route to an LSU football game. It was very dark and was… Continue reading →

Smiley: Troubled bridge

Steve Koehler, of Metairie, says, “After seeing the comment by the reader who wants to refer to the bridge over the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge as the ‘Car Strangled Spanner,’ it sounds to me like there should be a contest for your readers to give an informal name to the bridge. “Can… Continue reading →

Smiley: Joyful junk-catching

I know, Mardi Gras is over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still talk about it. B.J. Gowdy disagrees with the suggestion by a reader to parade-goers (in the Tuesday column) that it would be rewarding to just stand back and admire the artistry of the floats, rather than begging for beads and… Continue reading →

Smiley: A New Orleans thing

After Peyton Manning made his post-Super Bowl endorsement of Budweiser and also thanked the Almighty, Perryn Keys of The Advocate posted this tweet: “God and alcohol. Tell me he’s not from New Orleans.” A concerned motorist says, “I’ve just started reading James Patterson’s book ‘Cross Fire.’ “On… Continue reading →

Smiley: Czech it out!

Thanks to Jacqueline Pressner Gothard, of Metairie, for this Carnival time trip: “Pressner’s Carnival Mart, back in the 1960s, was my parents’ business, on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie, across from Clearview Shopping Center. “Ralph and Etta Pressner had a thriving store, selling beads, trinkets, small rubber balls; a variety of throws… Continue reading →

Smiley: Awards for Spanish Town parade winners, losers

Following a long-standing tradition to inform those who missed the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade (or were there and couldn’t figure out what they were seeing), this column is devoted to the results of judging entrants in the parade. Judges, all former parade royalty, were D’Aaron LeBlanc, Whitney Vann, Laken Boudreaux, Gerald Woods and Chief Justice Tom Sylvest, who pens this… Continue reading →

Smiley: Modern Huck Finns

Dear Smiley: Clay Davis’ account of his Tenn-Tom experience brought back memories of my recent Trip of a Lifetime on that waterway. In 2013, I bought a 1979 Fiat Spider from Jim Fine, who lives in River Ridge. Part of our agreement was that Jim would help me restore it, so once a week… Continue reading →

Smiley: Monsieur Hard-Head

Funny the things that jog your memory: The item below, about triangle players in bands, reminded me of the chank-a-chank bands at Fred’s Lounge in Mamou on Saturday mornings. (Triangles are found in many Cajun bands.) This then reminded me of some great Mardi Gras adventures my spouse and I had in Mamou, where costumed horseback riders… Continue reading →

Smiley: Sweet mistake

Lauren Davidson tells how a baking mistake led to a king cake being named after a hospital: The radiology team at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge held a king cake party, and “everyone brought in a king cake from a different location around town. “They voted on their favorite, and the… Continue reading →

Smiley: The immobile president

“A big mistake was made when President Obama came to Baton Rouge,” says Paul Major, of Livonia: “Instead of having him whiz through town on a completely cleared interstate, he should have landed in Lafayette and then been driven in to Baton Rouge from the west at about 4:30 or 5 in the late afternoon.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Eat your throws!

Two more stories for our series on unusual (but edible) Carnival throws. Karl Denino says he and his family attended the first Spanish Town Mardi Gras parades with friend Duz Hamilton, whose large family has been in the neighborhood for generations. He recalls the second parade, when the only car was a… Continue reading →

Smiley: Buyer, beware!

“Tom Toddy” offers a nostalgic tale of an unfortunate purchase: “Back when ‘service stations’ pumped gas, checked tire pressure and oil levels and washed windshields for their customers, my teenage son had a part-time job at one of these archaic establishments. “About a year previously, he had traded in his terrible… Continue reading →

Smiley: Carnival fever

Dear Smiley: Years ago, my son and his family from Tucson, Arizona, decided to come for a visit during Mardi Gras. He had been gone for 20 years, and his wife and children (ages 10 and 11) had never experienced Mardi Gras or a New Orleans parade. As we prepared to go to… Continue reading →

Smiley: Criminals with beads?

“When I retired in ’98 my wife Suzie and I took an extended boat trip up the Tenn-Tom (Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway) in our boat,” says Clay Davis. “We had planned to be in Nashville for the Fourth of July and dock on the seawall, but were informed that the only way we could dock there is… Continue reading →

Smiley: Escort replaces ticket

We’ve had several stories about Woodville, Mississippi, involving quickie marriages and quickie speeding tickets. Here’s one from Pat Alba, of Metairie, about the kinder, gentler side of Woodville: “In the ’60s, when driving from north Louisiana to Baton Rouge, I stopped for gas in Woodville. “At the service station… Continue reading →

Smiley: Dangerous veggies

Mention of parade throws reminds me of a couple of stories about the practice of tossing cabbages at St. Patrick’s Day parades. Riding in a long-ago parade in Baton Rouge, I spotted in the crowd a lady I knew. I yelled to get her attention, then threw a large cabbage her way.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Catch your snacks

I’m having fun recalling parade throws (other than beads, doubloons and candy) during Carnival and other festive occasions that call for parades. Kitty Prejean says, “Growing up in Abbeville in the early 1950s, the annual Dairy Festival would end its grand parade with mini loaves of bread and boxes of milk!… Continue reading →

Smiley: Let ’em eat ice!

The story in the Friday column about a turnip-throwing festival in a Spanish town (which led to speculation about the possible use of these vegetables as Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade throws) led me to think about other memorable throws of the past. Back in the ’80s it was a tradition for past kings… Continue reading →

Smiley: Family tradition

Dear Smiley: With all this talk about getting married in Woodville, Mississippi, I decided to tell you about my experience there on April 1, 1956. My wife Betty and I went to Woodville to get married. Both of us were under age, but we overcame that with little white lies.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Rapid mating

Kim “Pops” Seago, of Columbia, Tennessee, joins our discussion of quick weddings: “Working at two part-time jobs and one full-time job to support my family in the ’70s in Baton Rouge, I photographed more than 125 weddings in three years. “The most unusual church wedding ceremony I shot lasted less than 11 minutes… Continue reading →

Smiley: Mystery train

Dudley Lehew, of Marrero, says, “Mention of train toots (in the Wednesday column) reminds me of a performer who imitated various kinds of sounds. “In an interview on the Johnny Carson show, he said he rigged up a speaker behind his car’s grille and attached it to a microphone so he could have… Continue reading →

Smiley: Gentle reminder

Larry Mann says, “Your item about the pilots and grits (in the Tuesday column) reminded me of the Honor Air flight that I went on to Washington for the day with 91 other World War II veterans. “Shortly after takeoff they served us breakfast, and the pilot got on the PA system and… Continue reading →

Smiley: Feel the warmth

My recent mention of adventures in Minnesota brought this story from Tom Boone, of Gonzales: “Years ago a friend of mine got a construction job in Minnesota in the dead of winter. “He was excited, as the job was to last four to six months and paid well. “About two weeks after… Continue reading →

Smiley: Feeding the president

I’ve had some reader reaction of President Obama’s “Thank you, New Orleans” gaffe when he visited Baton Rouge Thursday. Some observed that this was a typical view of Louisiana by outsiders, who think the state consists of New Orleans and the outback. But others offered a more charitable view of the… Continue reading →

Smiley: Great grits mystery

Dear Smiley: One more on grits: In 1957, our ladies’ card group sat waiting in a local country club lounge for lunch and an afternoon of bridge. All eight of us, under the age of 30, were excitedly discussing the possibilities of sighting the actors making the movie “Band of Angels.”… Continue reading →

Smiley: Grits goes upscale

Christian “Pete” Sarrat, of New Orleans, says, “I have been following the grits stories, and thought I would send you an international story. “While cruising the ‘Blue Danube’ in a party of eight, we sat at dinner the first night aboard. Our waiter was a Hungarian, and super efficient, even though he had some… Continue reading →

Smiley: The Age of Passwords

Julaine Deare Schexnayder, of New Iberia, discusses in her “Bayou Wordsmith” column in the Daily Iberian a problem with modern technology faced by those of us who “remember when you had to dial ‘0’ and speak to a live operator to make a long-distance call … at a time when phones were attached by 6-foot cords to… Continue reading →

Smiley: Sweet grits?

Mary Vernoy, of Metairie, adds to our “true grits” story collection: “When I was in Navy boot camp in Orlando, Florida, in 1973, they served grits for breakfast. “All the Southerners put butter, pepper and salt on theirs. All the Yankees used milk and sugar on theirs. “We didn’t… Continue reading →

Smiley: Southern exposure

Our mention of lost drivers before GPS and Google maps brought this response from Mike Eldred, of Tylertown, Mississippi: “I once found myself lost in Alabama, asking for directions. “I was driving my brother’s New York-licensed car. “The gas station attendant took one look and said, ‘Aw, son, you… Continue reading →

Smiley: The death of books?

Ray Schell, of Prairieville, tells a story that readers of a certain age will find rather sad, while younger readers will wonder why it’s even worth mentioning: “While working as a volunteer for VIPS (Volunteers In Public Schools) at Broadmoor Elementary, I had given my student a children’s encyclopedia as a gift. “At… Continue reading →