Mention of old cowboy movie stars reminds attorney Tony Falterman, of Napoleonville, of this story, which he heard from a prosecutor:

“Seems the Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) was traveling around the country doing benefits and shows.

“On one of his trips, a Houston airport baggage handler stole his luggage, which included both the Lone Ranger’s real .45 caliber handguns!

“The thief tried to pawn the guns, but was arrested, charged with a felony and brought to trial.

“Clayton Moore was called as a witness, and walked into the courtroom in his Lone Ranger costume, MASK and all!

“The defense attorney objected, but Judge Poe said he was going to allow the witness to keep his mask on (the judge had been a Lone Ranger fan his whole childhood).

“The judge stated that he would not be the person to unmask the Lone Ranger.

“The defendant was convicted and sentenced to 10 years’ probation — with 20 hours a month of community service, which included cleaning the stables of the Houston Police Department’s mounted division.

“Judge Poe is said to have quoted the words of the late Jim Croce: ‘You don’t tug on Superman’s cape; you don’t spit into the wind; you don’t pull off the mask off the old Lone Ranger...’”

Mobile hazard

Scott Levet adds to our seminar on once-in-a-lifetime golf shots:

“About 15 years ago, I was in a foursome of a noncompetitive nature on the course at Baton Rouge City Park.

“I believe it’s the fourth tee that sets up for a shot down the fairway that is perfectly intersected by a train track about 40 yards out.

“I hit my drive, and it never lifted more than 10 or so feet off the ground.

“‘DING!’ it hit the moving train, and ricocheted back to within feet of the tee box.

“I am still mocked for that shot to this day!”

Generation gap blues

Ronnie Stutes comments on the nostalgic reader who mentioned “Dale and Roy” (cowboy stars Dale Evans and Roy Rogers). She identified Roy, but not Dale.

Ronnie says, “I wonder how many of your readers would have no idea who ‘Dale and Roy’ were.”

He adds that no doubt some will first think of Dale Brown...

Doing their job

After Will Plettinger commented on the pride he saw in the faces of World War II veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., George E. McLean, of Metairie, had this comment:

“I can explain to Will the looks on the Honor Flight veterans that he saw.

“During the war, all we wanted was to be victorious and return home. We neither asked for nor anticipated any particular recognition or honor.

“An Honor Flight is a very memorable experience.”

Jim digs it

Caren Mayer Orum says her mom and dad, Jim and Diane Mayer, are volunteer tutors at Highland Elementary (“where Diane’s Spanish comes in really handy!”).

“Jim’s taken the neglected garden and is growing fruit trees, mustard greens, fennel, lettuce, parsley, tomatoes, broccoli and more. It’s a sight to behold!

“In an urban area, it’s extra important for kids to see where food comes from (not the grocery store!). Kids will try all kinds of vegetables they’ve grown that they would never, ever try at home otherwise.

“It’s a pretty cool addition to the school, and a way for Jim to really get his hands dirty.”

Nice People Dept.

— J. Brashier says, “I went to pay for my food at the McDonald’s drive-through in Zachary, and found out that the driver of the car ahead of me had paid for it already. It shows there are still really nice people in this world.”

— Linda Mitchell thanks Peyton Miller, “a young LSU veterinary student from Crowley, who took my bulky purchases to my car yesterday. She not only has compassion for animals, but also humanity in general!”

Pasta search

Claire Cook tells our reader seeking the old-time straight macaroni, the kind kids liked to use as drinking straws, “It can be found at Rouse’s or Winn-Dixie. I buy it all the time. It is Luxury No. 7, called ‘long macaroni.’”

Special People Dept.

William A. Brady III, of St. Martinville, celebrated his 95th birthday on Sunday, April 19. He is a native of White Castle, and served in the 14th Air Force in China during World War II.

Aggie joke?

Della Stout, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, noticed something about a new Toyota 4-Runner TV commercial:

“A man is in a swamp and is bitten by a snake.

“He hurries to his vehicle to get help, and finds some old Cajun trappers who tell him in French that the snake is not poisonous.

“He hears ‘poison’ and then reports to his camping buddies that he is ‘immune to venom!’

“If you look closely, the car tag says ‘Texas.’

“Could it be a bunch of Aggies lost in a Cajun swamp? Just wondering!”

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