George Lane, this column’s investigative reporter, has been looking into the 34-minute blackout after halftime during the Super Bowl.

He’s come up with these theories about what caused the lights to go out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:

1. A power surge caused by Beyoncé’s overheated halftime show.

2. A staged demonstration of the importance of paying your utility bill on time.

3. The NFL put on a 34-minute tribute to the Amish.

4. CBS arranged it because the game seemed to be heading toward a Baltimore blowout, causing channel surfing:

“When power was resumed, San Francisco made a comeback, keeping viewers glued to the game, making it the second-most viewed television program in history. Just saying …”

Creole queen

Thanks to Warren Perrin for passing along the note from Shane K. Bernard about the Creole background of Beyoncé.

At the press conference where she sang the National Anthem, she remarked, “I’m nervous … it’s where my family is from, New Iberia.”

Shane quotes Kreyol magazine: “Beyoncé’s Creole roots stretch way back on her mother’s side of the family. Tina Knowles’ parents were both born in Louisiana. Tina’s mother, Agnez Dereon (Derouen), was born in New Iberia and her father, Lumas Beyince, was from Abbeville. Both the Dereons and Beyinces were of French Creole heritage with ancestry stretching through African, French, Native American, Spanish and Indian cultures …”

Warren says he has Beyoncé’s genealogy at the Acadian Museum in Erath, “since she is part Acadian, and the ‘Most Beautiful Girl in the World,’ according to People magazine.

“She said how proud she is of her family, from New Iberia (may really be Delcambre …) Her grandmother was a Broussard. Kind of cool that she is part Cajun.”

Speaking of cool

Joe McKeever, of River Ridge, tells us, “My Uncle Ed says his favorite store is Bed Bath & Beyoncé.”

Remembering Doug

Hugh Buckingham, retired LSU linguistics prof, says on the first day of his return to Baton Rouge for a visit, “I wake up to see Doug Williams on the front page of the Super Bowl XLVII section of The Advocate.

“A blast into the past would be Doug’s big day at the old Prince Murat Hotel. We roasted him, with you as MC.”

Hugh, who’s from D.C. and was a member of the Washington Redskins men’s choir (yes, they had one), was a roaster, and had Doug sing a few bars of ‘Hail to the Redskins.’

Says Hugh, “It is great to see that Louisiana does not forget its heroes.”

Please, let me ask!

Cheryl Aliers, of Prairieville, thanks plumber David Laird “for finding an apple (don’t ask) that was the reason for flushing problems, so a new toilet was not needed. Honest people!”

Happy Fry Day

Jess Sayin (possibly an alias) says, “If any of your readers are interested in procuring some fried chicken in the vein of what Joe D’s used to fry, tell them to drive on over to Langenstein’s Grocery in Old Metairie (800 Metairie Road).

“Well worth the drive.”

Pop goes the swamp

On Monday at 7 p.m. “Swamp Pop Reunion VIII” brings together 20 legends of south Louisiana music in the Ville Platte Civic Center.

The event benefits the Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum.

Tickets are $20. Call (337) 363-2939 or (337) 363-0900.

Senior moments

Whealdon Estates retirement community on Jefferson Highway holds three free events for seniors this weekend.

On Friday at 11 a.m. there’s a “Let’s Talk Seniors” presentation on heart health, followed by lunch.

On Saturday at 3 p.m. there’s a “Chocolate Extravaganza.”

And on Sunday at 11 a.m. there’s a “Let’s Talk Seniors” presentation on diabetes, followed by lunch.

To RSVP or learn more call (225) 927-7557.

Special People Dept.

  • Felix Sagona celebrates his 90th birthday Wednesday.
  • Sarah Harrison, of Greater Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, celebrated her 90th birthday Monday.

Thought for the Day

From Tony Ferrara: “Life is like stuffing an artichoke. You only get out of it whatever you put into it.”

Hunger games

Bernard J. “Chick” St. Germaine, of Harahan, tells this one:

“A number of years ago Norman ‘Cadie’ St. Germaine and Harry Navarre, of Napoleonville, were discussing their respective family wealth, or lack of wealth.

“Harry said his family’s breakfast menu consisted of pork, rolls and grits.

“Cadie asked Harry to clarify his statement, and Harry explained that it meant ‘Poke your feet under the table, roll your eyes and grit your teeth.’?”

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