Thomas says, “I was born and raised in Baton Rouge and moved 30 years ago to Mobile, Alabama, where I have come to know many Bama and Auburn fans.

“In 1988 my wife and I, along with several Auburn grads, traveled to Baton Rouge to take in what was known as the ‘Earthquake Game,’ where we beat Auburn 7-6 in the last seconds.

“Years later I got one of my cousins, a close friend of Tommy Hodson, the LSU quarterback in that game, to have Tommy write a small note to one of my Auburn friends saying, ‘Sorry I ruined your day, Hamp.’

“I mailed that note to Hamp, who told me he had been in a long-driving contest with fellow golfer Tommy and won, edging him out by 10 yards. Hamp mailed me a note to send to Tommy saying, ‘Sorry I ruined your day, Tommy.’”

Bob’s magic moment

The death of longtime Baton Rouge broadcaster Bob Neese at 62 brought an outpouring of love from his many friends and colleagues.

For me, my fondest memories of Bob were at the Gridiron Show, where he was known for his portrayal of political figures, most notably Gov. Mike Foster.

At end of the show following the death of Gov. Jimmie Davis, Bob, still wearing his duck-hunting camo from a Mike Foster skit, strolled on stage alone and picked up a guitar that was lying there. An accomplished musician, he started strumming it, then softly began singing “You Are My Sunshine.”

The rest of the cast came on stage to join him, and then the audience stood as one and started singing our state song.

And a show known for being silly and irreverent became for that moment an event that touched the hearts of everyone there — thanks to the talent and compassion of Bob Neese...

What’s up, dock?

Walt Eldredge says, “Seeing that the old municipal dock will be resurrected as part of the new Baton Rouge Water Campus brought back some warm memories.

“In high school we used to go over the levee, beyond the ‘condemned’ signs, and make our way past the holes where chunks of concrete had fallen out of the floor. Out over the water, at the working area of the old, abandoned structure, we would imagine the work that had gone on there, the local crews and the mariners from exotic locations, the cargoes that were loaded and unloaded from far-off ports.

“We used to think what a great location it would be for a restaurant, where diners could sit looking out over the river by day and night with the world’s most beautiful sunsets in between.

“I always wondered when it would be torn down at last, and I’m very happy that instead it will be restored to a new purpose.”

Angel sighting

Wanda Graham Dupuy thanks the “guardian angel” who administered first aid to husband Ronnie when, in July, another vehicle struck him and pinned him between two bumpers in a Baton Rouge parking lot:

“His injury was significant not only for the crush injury but also for a large cut on his leg. Since he is a cardiac patient and on blood thinners, his life was in jeopardy.”

Wanda says the unknown lady also notified police, called for an ambulance, and took his cell phone to call her and their son:

“I am hoping we can find our angel and express our gratitude. There is no doubt in my mind that she saved my husband’s life that day. Ronnie still has a long, painful recovery ahead, but we are thankful for his life.”

Wanda hopes their angel will contact them at

Special People Dept.

Malroy “Jim” Mayley, of New Orleans, celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday, Nov. 23.

Mary Maher Woest Pourciau James celebrates her 96th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 29.

John Richard, of Donaldsonville, celebrated his 93rd birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 25. He is a World War II veteran.

Dorothy Gwin Dodd celebrates her 90th birthday on Friday, Nov. 27.

Audrey and Dick Mendel celebrated their 60th anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Holding pattern

Ernie Gremillion says, “Having just had my semi-annual appointment with my urologist, I mentioned to him that I wonder if his appointment clerk realizes the irony of answering the phone with ‘Urology group; can you hold please?’”

Only in Louisiana

This story, from Bill Cotten, of Gonzales, works better if you read it aloud:

“My 7-year-old great-grandson, born and raised in South Carolina, was discussing with his grandmother (my daughter) and her husband what to name the dog they were planning to buy.

“Both my daughter and my son-in-law were born and raised in south Louisiana. After several names were considered, my daughter said it should be called ‘Hebert.’

“After a few moments the 7-year-old said, ‘Wouldn’t it be better to call it A DOG?’”

Contacting Smiley

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